If you have misaligned teeth or an improper bite, braces are no longer your only option; Invisalign® is a new service that has become available at most dental practices and can drastically change your mouth without the discomfort feel and unattractive look of braces. Invisalign® is…
- Less restrictive: you can remove your Invisalign® retainer when you eat, so there’s no need to avoid hard or sticky foods
- Clear and nearly invisible
- More comfortable than braces
- Safer than braces, especially for athletes who require mouth guards
- Easier for oral hygiene: you can remove your aligner to brush and floss your teeth
- Faster than braces, so you get the same great results with less commitment
How Does Invisalign® Work?
Invisalign® feels like a thin retainer that’s been custom-fit to your teeth. After an initial assessment, your dentist will use X-rays and molds of your mouth to create an individualized treatment plan. Each set of aligners will apply gentle pressure to move your teeth gradually into place; retainers are worn for about a week at a time.
Every month or two, your dentist will require a check-in to assess the success of your aligners. During each checkup, your dentist can determine how to treat your teeth for the next few weeks before another appointment.
Is Invisalign® Right for Me?
Before choosing Invisalign®, talk to your dentist about whether the treatment plan is right for you. Good candidates for Invisalign® are those who:
- Don’t have serious health or dental issues
- Have gapped teeth, crowded teeth, or misaligned teeth
- Have an overbite, underbite, or crossbite
Are able to take care of their Invisalign® retainer and practice the proper dental hygiene outlined by their dentist
For younger teens or busy adults, braces may be a better option than Invisalign® aligners, which are delicate and easy to misplace or lose. If you are considering Invisalign® for your child, make sure they’re responsible enough to care for their aligners. If you choose to use Invisalign®, make sure you understand the proper care techniques for successful treatment.
- Maintain oral hygiene: Because aligners are removable, you can continue to brush, floss, and use mouthwash as normal. Clean your retainer using the kit provided by your dentist.
- Consult your dentist before playing sports: Most physical activity can be performed with Invisalign®, but if you’re playing a contact sport that requires a mouth guard, ask your dentist about a mouth guard fitting to protect your teeth.
- Switch your aligners when instructed by your dentist: As your teeth adjust, your aligner will become more comfortable, and a new set of retainers may cause discomfort and pressure. Stick by your dentist’s treatment plan – delaying your new aligner will only postpone your results.
If you’re considering braces but want a faster, more comfortable alternative, call our office today about an Invisalign® assessment.