Invisalign is a growingly popular technique in which transparent aligners are utilized to correct the alignment of your teeth. This unique system can straighten your smile over time, just like traditional metal braces, but without the use of wires or brackets.
Here are 10 Invisalign facts to help you determine if Invisalign is the right treatment for you.
Your Teeth Need To Be Assessed First
All potential Invisalign patients must have their teeth adequately assessed by a dentist or orthodontist before starting treatment. Your chosen provider will examine and evaluate your teeth to determine the degree of misalignment. If your teeth are excessively crooked or you have severe bite issues, Invisalign may not be the ideal treatment option, and traditional braces may be recommended. Invisalign is perfect for those with moderate misalignment issues.
Once your provider has determined if Invisalign is right for you, an impression of your mouth will then be taken. 3D imagery is used to determine how your teeth will shift throughout your treatment, and this imagery will be used in creating your aligners.
Aligners Are Completely Customized
Invisalign aligners are created from a mold of your teeth and are designed to fit the custom contours of your mouth precisely. This process ensures that your dental alignment progresses on schedule. Every Invisalign treatment is completely customized.
Invisalign Aligners Are Made of Plastic
The entire Invisalign treatment system consists of multiple sets of smooth, clear, plastic aligner trays that fit over your teeth. Similar to a retainer, each set of aligners are to be worn for two weeks and then exchanged for the next set in your treatment plan. As your teeth shift and progress, your smile will become increasingly straightened.
Aligners Aren’t Resistant To Stains
A brand new set of Invisalign aligners will be practically invisible when worn. That being said, aligners are not resistant to stains. Substances such as cigarette smoke, coffee, and colored beverages can cause the aligners to yellow. Always refrain from smoking, drinking, or eating while your aligners are in place. As a general rule-of-thumb, only drink water while wearing your aligners to avoid stains.
You Won’t Have Any Dietary Restrictions
You can continue to eat all of the delicious foods you love with Invisalign. The aligners are completely removable, allowing for freedom during meals and snacks. In addition, you won’t ever have to worry about damage to wires or brackets from sticky or chewy treats.
Aligners Must Be Worn Regularly
While you will be able to remove your aligners at any point throughout the day, your aligners must be worn as much as possible. To successfully straighten your teeth, you must wear your trays for a minimum of 22 hours per day. This means that Invisalign must be worn while you sleep.
Your Dentist Will Closely Monitor Your Progress
You can expect to meet with your Invisalign provider approximately every four to six weeks. During these appointments, your provider will be monitoring your progress to ensure you are staying on schedule with your treatment plan.
Treatment Is Discreet
Invisalign aligners are incredibly discreet. While metal braces are often the first thing someone notices, Invisalign trays are barely noticeable.
Discomfort During Treatment Is Mild
While you will need to become accustomed to wearing your new aligners, any discomfort associated with your treatment is generally mild. Many patients find the aligners to be much more comfortable than metal braces. Brackets and wires can often lead to cuts and abrasions to the soft tissue of the mouth, while aligners are smooth and comfortable.
Almost Everyone Is a Good Candidate
Invisalign is an ideal treatment option for almost everyone wanting to straighten their smile discreetly and conveniently. The system is not typically suitable for children because it requires the patient’s palate to be fully grown; however, adults and responsible teens love the treatment for many reasons.
For more information about Invisalign, contact Premier Dental Center to schedule a consultation appointment.