What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of clear appliances that look and feel similar to bleaching trays. Each aligner is worn for approximately two weeks, and slowly moves the teeth approximately .25 mm each time. The teeth are eventually positioned into their appropriate position, and the trays are unnoticeable. It is extremely convenient due to the fact that we give you multiple aligners each visit, so rather than coming in to the office every three to four weeks, you visit us roughly every six weeks.
Patients who use Invisalign experience several advantages over traditional braces such as:
- Freedom to eat and drink what you choose
- Virtually invisible
- Proper oral hygiene without the hindrance of an orthodontic wire.
- Less frequent office visits
- Often more comfortable, without metal wires or brackets
- Added benefit of being able to whiten your teeth during treatment with the dental trays.
- Ability to remove aligners for special occasions if necessary.
- Less cavities post treatment
- Fewer orthodontic visits for those with busy schedules.
- No poking wires or brackets so no need for wax!- soft tissues are rarely affected by the aligners.
- Wear your aligner at all times, except when eating or brushing
- Keep aligners in their case anytime it is not in your mouth (Not in a napkin)
- Clean the aligner daily with toothpaste and toothbrush. You may also use a denture cleaner to clean aligners.
- Keep aligners away from hot temperatures including hot water, car dashboards, the washing machine, etc.
- Practice speaking whenever you change aligners, as it may take a few days to adjust.
Does Invisalign Hurt?
Orthodontics generally does not cause pain, however many patients may experience temporary discomfort the first few days after a new aligner is fitted. This is due to minor movements and bone regrowth around the teeth.
Does Invisalign Work?
Absolutely! If the patient is willing to wear the aligners, invisalign does all the work for you! However, it is important to work with an experienced and knowledgeable provider, because invisalign requires a great deal of knowledge regarding the biology behind tooth movement.
Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign works best for people with mild to moderate crowding or spacing, and relatively well aligned jaws. Large skeletal discrepancies, such as sever overbites, underbites, or open bites should be treated with a combination of other appliances. We are happy to assess, and provide you with the best treatment plan for your particular smile goals.