Invisalign is a form of braces that use clear tray aligners. They’re made of Invisalign’s own blend of plastic, and manufactured in their own facilities based on molds of your mouth. The aligners are a solid piece of plastic that is strong enough to put pressure on specific parts of your teeth to slowly move them into a better position.
What you need to know
To get Invisalign, you first need to have a consultation with your dentist. They’ll look at your smile, your overall oral health, and take impressions of your mouth. Then, Invisalign makes their aligners unique to your mouth for a custom fit. Your dentist creates your overall treatment plan and serves as your partner in getting the results you want.
HOW DOES INVISALIGN WORK?
Your dental provider will create a series of customized clear orthodontic aligners that slowly shift your teeth into proper alignment. The first aligner most resembles your current alignment, with small changes toward straighter teeth. Every one to two weeks, as needed, your dental provider will switch out the aligners as your teeth shift into proper alignment, with each aligner slowly forcing your teeth into optimal position. Each replacement tray will feel slightly different, as it’s designed to continue shifting and moving your teeth.
You need to wear Invisalign trays for most of your day (20 – 22 hours/day) in order to see results. However, they’re easily removed for eating, brushing, flossing, or for special occasions.
Though it’s a solid piece of plastic, Invisalign aligners are braces, not retainers, because they actively move your teeth to shape your mouth and jaw. Retainers just hold your teeth in place.
How long will invisalign treatment take?
Depending on the complexity of your case, you could complete your treatment is as little as 6 months, but you’ll start seeing results in a matter of weeks.
IS INVISALIGN BETTER THAN TRADITIONAL BRACES?
Most people prefer Invisalign aligners to traditional metal braces because the clear aligners are less noticeable and comfortable. In many cases, using Invisalign takes less time than traditional braces. You also won’t have sharp metal components poking the inside of your mouth. There are less emergency visits as broken wires and brackets are not an issue with invisalign.
HOW WILL INVISALIGN AFFECT MY LIFE?
Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. Others may not even notice you’re wearing them, making Invisalign treatment a seamless fit with your lifestyle. You can remove your Invisalign aligners for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. You can take them off for special occasions, like a wedding, job interview, or for playing your favorite sport or instrument. Just remember to wear them 20 to 22 hours a day to get the best results.
Invisalign clear aligners are removable, so there are no food restrictions at all. With traditional wires and brackets, there’s a long list of foods you unfortunately can’t enjoy because they can damage or get stuck in your braces.
Invisalign treatment moves your teeth by applying gentle, constant force, but some people do feel temporary discomfort for the first few days of wearing a new set of aligners. Typically, people describe it as feeling “pressure” and it’s normal — it’s a sign your Invisalign clear aligners are working and transforming your smile.
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