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.