Invisalign has made a huge splash in recent years for those seeking an orthodontic treatment that is not completely obvious like traditional metal braces. Instead of bulky, obtrusive wires and brackets, Invisalign utilizes a clear plastic material that is translucent and virtually invisible. An Invisalign dentist can fit you for Invisalign aligners, and no one will likely know that you are being treated.
Benefits of Invisalign
- Virtually invisible
- Removable by the wearer
- No food restrictions
How does Invisalign work?
The Invisalign system involves the use of clear plastic aligners that are custom designed for each individual patient. So your aligners will fit the unique contours of your teeth and mouth.
Invisalign aligners gradually shift teeth into their correct positions over time. Approximately every two weeks, you will receive a new set of aligners that will keep moving your teeth gradually.
Are there really no food restrictions with Invisalign?
None whatsoever. Traditional metal braces disallow the wearer from eating certain foods, particularly those that are hard or sticky. Food debris can stick to the wires and brackets, leading to an increased risk of tooth decay or gum disease.
With Invisalign, you are able to remove your aligners whenever you like. Need to eat? No problem. Just remove your aligners and replace when done. The same goes for brushing and flossing. Just remember to always replace your aligners promptly. You will need to wear them for up to 22 hours daily to stick to your treatment plan. This helps ensure that your treatment is not unnecessarily prolonged.
Is Invisalign truly invisible?
Nothing is completely invisible. But Invisalign is the next best thing to true invisibility. The aligners are made of a clear plastic that sits very close to the surface of the teeth, making them extremely unobtrusive and virtually undetectable to the casual observer, which is perfect for teens who can be sensitive about their appearance.
Will wearing Invisalign impact my speech?
There is a possibility that you may experience an initial adjustment period when starting with Invisalign. This is just an adjustment phase. You’ll be surprised by how soon you adapt to your aligners; they will almost seem like a natural part of your mouth in time.
What happens upon completion of my treatment?
After your Invisalign treatment is completed, you may be advised to wear a retainer at night. This helps to ensure that the position of your teeth and bite remain correct and healthy.
How often will I need to visit my Invisalign dentist?
Each patient receives a customized treatment plan based upon their individual needs. Most patients visit at between four to eight week intervals. Your aligners are given to you in advance. But if you will be away from home for a long time, such as attending college, you will be provided with sufficient aligners to last for an entire semester.
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