How would you like to have straight teeth, but without braces? Just ask us about Invisalign ® .
Invisalign ® clear aligners are almost invisible. Rather than being cemented or bonded to the teeth as metal or clear braces are, the clear aligners are completely removable. You simply take them out when you eat, floss, or brush your teeth. Here are some of the advantages of the Invisalign system:
Improved oral hygiene: You remove the aligners to brush and floss, which is easier than cleaning around brackets.
Very aesthetic: The clear aligners are practically invisible.
More dietary choices: You can remove clear aligners to eat, so you can still enjoy popcorn, apples, and other items you have to forego when you have braces.
Comfort: The soft, flexible material of which Invisalign is made will not irritate the soft tissues of the mouth, as metal wires and brackets can.
Teeth-grinding protection: If you tend to grind or clench your teeth, clear aligners can function as thin nightguards that will protect your teeth from excessive wear.
The Invisalign ® technology can correct many bite problems. However, there are still some situations for which traditional braces would be best. We would be happy to discuss this in detail to you.
How Invisalign ® Works
Invisalign ® clear aligners work the same way traditional braces do: by applying carefully-controlled forces to teeth to move them into a better position. But the aligners are not made of metal; they are made of clear, flexible pastic.
Here’s how it works: Specialized computer software helps us design a plan for moving your teeth from their current positions into the best possible alignment. This movement will be broken down into perhaps a dozen stages. For each stage, the Invisalign company will manufacture two plastic mouth “trays” or “aligners,” one to fit over your top teeth and one for the bottom. You will wear this first set of trays for two weeks, for a minimum of 20 hours per day. You will then move on to the next set of aligners in your series to accomplish the next stage of gradual movement. You will keep doing this until your teeth are correctly aligned.
Caring for Your Teeth During Invisalign ® Treatment
One of the main advantages of the Invisalign ® system is that the trays can be removed for easy cleaning. You’ll need to brush your teeth after every meal or snack so that food and plaque do not get trapped in the aligners, which could promote tooth decay and gum disease. Your aligners, too, will have to be cleaned regularly. You can do this by brushing them and then rinsing them in lukewarm water.
While the experience of wearing clear aligners is very different from wearing braces, the importance of retaining your post-treatment results is exactly the same. You’ll want to be sure to wear your retainer(s) exactly as prescribed after your treatment is completed to protect your investment in a beautiful new smile.