While extremely effective for teeth alignment, traditional braces can be uncomfortable and distracting, especially for adults. Thankfully you can get a perfect smile without brackets and wires with Invisalign®. Invisalign® is the use of clear retainers custom-made for your mouth that gradually shift your teeth over time.
Invisalign® has become an increasingly popular treatment option in recent years for correcting teeth alignment. It can help with bite issues, occlusion, and crowding. Invisalign® is a great alternative to traditional braces for patients who need teeth straightening, but do not want to sacrifice the look of their smile during the process.
What are the benefits of Invisalign®?
One of the main benefits of Invisalign® is the cosmetic benefits it offers. Most of the time, nobody will be able to tell that you are wearing your aligners. They are made of clear plastic and are removable, so you can take them out when you are eating or drinking.
Because they are made of plastic, they are generally more comfortable than traditional wire braces. When you cut out the metals, wires, and brackets of traditional braces, you also cut out a lot of treatment time spent in the orthodontist’s office. Invisalign® maps out each stage of your treatment and allows you to see exactly what your smile will look like once the process is finished.
How does Invisalign® work?
You will be given a clear aligner to wear for about two weeks. You will then be given new aligners to shift your teeth closer and closer to their desired locations. It is important to visit your doctor during this process to keep an eye on your progress. The entire treatment process usually takes between 9 and 15 months.
How do I care for my aligners?
While going through the treatment process of Invisalign®, it is important to care for your retainers. You should brush and rinse them daily to help keep them clean and sanitary. Brush them using a soft soap, but do not use toothpaste. The grit and texture of toothpaste can scrape, harm, and discolor your aligners.
Once in a while, it is important to soak your retainers. You can use a denture or retainer cleaning solution, or Invisalign® crystals to do this. These solutions dissolve in water. Simply let your aligners soak for an hour or so about once a week.
If you are tired of living with crooked teeth but do not want the hassle of braces, Invisalign® may be the treatment option for you. Take the first step to getting the smile you’ve always wanted by contacting us today to schedule your Invisalign® consultation today.