Orthodontic treatment today looks much different than in years past. No longer are traditional metal brackets and wires your only option - you’ve got choices. One of the most popular is Invisalign, which is commonly used for treating issues like overcrowded teeth, crooked teeth, and misaligned bites as well as others.
These removable clear aligners may sound too good to be true, but they actually work just as well as traditional braces. Here’s what you need to know about how Invisalign works.
Once you and your orthodontist have decided on the most ideal method, a progression of treatment is developed using 3D technology. And from this, a series of custom-designed clear plastic aligners are created.
You will be set on a schedule to move through the aligners, changing to a new one every couple of weeks until the treatment is completed. The way the aligners are designed helps the teeth to slowly move and transition into their new position. Throughout the length of your treatment, your orthodontist will monitor your progress and make adjustments as needed.
Keep in mind that even though the aligners can be removed, such as while you are eating or brushing your teeth, they are only working if they are in your mouth. Invisalign is designed to be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours per day. If they aren’t, the timeframe for treatment will be extended. It is expected that adults will comply with wearing the aligners as instructed, but for younger patients, Invisalign Teen comes equipped with a compliance indicator so parents can make sure that their kids are doing the same.
Benefits of Invisalign
There are many reasons why patients choose Invisalign - a clear alternative to traditional braces - for their orthodontic treatment.
A Discrete Choice
Invisalign clear aligners provide you with a discreet option for straightening your smile and addressing other mild to moderate orthodontic needs. They are not as visible as traditional braces - and can be removed when needed. Most people won’t even know you are wearing them.
Invisalign is comfortable to wear. Each new aligner may give your teeth a squeeze and feel tight initially, but that is all part of the treatment in order to encourage your teeth to move - and will dissipate within a day or two. But when compared to the alternative, you don’t have to worry about any tight wires or brackets irritating and poking the skin inside your mouth.
Easy to Maintain
Keeping a good oral hygiene routine is easy with Invisalign because they are removable. You can simply take out the aligner, then brush and floss your teeth as normal. The aligners themselves can be rinsed thoroughly and brushed with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a mild soap. There is no hardware to learn to brush and floss around - just an easy addition to your already established oral health routine.
Invisalign is Convenient
With Invisalign, you have your aligners with you - which replaces the need to go to the dentist every couple of weeks to have the wires tightened as part of the treatment. As a result, you have less time taken out of your regular routine for trips to the orthodontist. What’s more, you don’t have to adjust your diet to accommodate Invisalign as you would traditional braces. You just pop them out while you eat with is so convenient.
Learn More About Invisalign
Invisalign can be a great fit for the right orthodontic candidates. If you are interested in learning more, the team at Garrick F. Wong, DMD Orthodontics has extensive experience in transforming smiles using Invisalign - and many other successful orthodontic treatment options.