Invisalign is an orthodontic system that straightens the teeth using sets of transparent aligners. The aligners are made from medical-grade plastic and gradually shift the teeth into position. The patient must wear a set of aligners for two weeks and then move on to the next set.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
The main benefits of Invisalign include the following:
- they are customized to fit your mouth like inserts
- they are more comfortable than braces
- they are easier to clean
- they are easy to remove for eating and for cleaning your teeth
- they are less noticeable than braces
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign uses a system of plastic aligners to slowly shift the teeth into their proper alignment. Patients wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. After two weeks, the patient switches the aligners for a new set. Photos are taken of the teeth before treatment and after each stage to keep track of the progress.
How Do I Get Started?
The Invisalign process begins with a consultation with the dentist. During the consultation, the dentist will review the case, determine if the patient is a good candidate for Invisalign, and take X-rays and impressions of the teeth.
The dentist will send these records to the Invisalign lab, where technicians will create a series of custom-made aligners. The patient will receive the aligners, which have to be worn for at least 22 hours a day for two weeks before switching them for the next set of aligners in the series. Regular dental checkups are essential to check if the treatment is progressing as planned.
How to Take Care of Invisalign Aligners?
It is essential patients follow these guidelines during the treatment period:
- Always brush your teeth before you put the aligners back in.
- Remove your aligners to eat and drink anything except water.
- Clean your aligners after every meal. Use a soft toothbrush and an anti-bacterial solution to keep the aligners clean.
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