20 Jan How will Invisalign affect my life?
If you have misaligned teeth, problems with your bite, crowding, or gaps, you might be interested in Invisalign. This innovative orthodontic treatment makes use of rigid trays made of clear plastic to move your teeth into the correct position. Because they are virtually invisible, they will have little effect on your day-to-day life.
How Invisalign Works
Traditionally, orthodontists have used metal brackets and rubber bands to gradually shift teeth into proper alignment. Modern techniques, however, offer additional options. One of these is the use of clear plastic aligner trays like Invisalign. The Invisalign trays are made of rigid plastic and are carefully custom-made to move your teeth a small distance at a time until they have reached proper alignment.
During your treatment, you’ll wear each tray for about two weeks before changing to the next tray. You’ll need to wear the tray for at least 22 hours each day, although you can remove it for short periods. Other precautions you’ll need to take during treatment include:
- Avoid staining agents that could discolor the tray
- Avoid hot foods and beverages that could warp the plastic
- Be sure to clean your trays after meals to remove any residual food particles or sugars
Overall, Invisalign requires less maintenance than traditional braces and requires fewer changes to your everyday diet and habits.
Advantages to Invisalign
Whether recommended by your orthodontist or your cosmetic dentist, Invisalign trays present a variety of advantages over traditional braces. These include:
- They are more comfortable, since they’re made of smooth plastic
- They can be removed for short periods
- They do not detract from your appearance
Many adults, especially those whose jobs involve working with the public extensively or appearing in front of large crowds on or television, prefer Invisalign over traditional braces because they are clear and virtually impossible to see. Invisalign allows you to maintain a pleasing smile on your way to perfect teeth. Consult with our team today to find out if this is the best option for you.