Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth using clear, plastic aligners instead of metal brackets and wires. Patients wear each aligner for about two weeks at a time before switching to the next set in the series. Each set of aligners gradually moves the teeth into position.
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign doesn’t contain any wires or brackets. You can remove the aligner before eating a meal so that you won’t need to brush and floss around any brackets and wires. Aligners are also generally more comfortable than other braces because they use a smooth plastic material instead of sharp metal brackets. Most people won’t even know you’re wearing your aligners because they’re so discreet.
First, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth using a putty-like material. They will then send them to an Invisalign laboratory to manufacture your custom aligners. You will be provided a series of aligners to wear every day for about two weeks before changing to the next set in the series. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to tooth position to effectively shift teeth into place over time.
The total treatment time will depend on the severity of your case, but the average case takes around a year for adults. You will receive care instructions on how to properly wear and care for your aligners. Follow the instructions provided by your dentist closely to ensure a successful outcome.
Here are some benefits of Invisalign:
You will remove your aligners to eat and clean your mouth. Before you put your aligners back in, brush and floss your teeth to remove any food particles or plaque. You should also rinse your aligners after each time you remove them from your mouth to keep them clean and free of bacteria. If you wear your aligners while eating, be sure to brush your teeth afterward and rinse out your aligners before putting them back on. This will help clean your aligners and prevent any cavities that can be caused by improper cleaning.
If you have any questions about Invisalign treatment and how it works, feel free to contact our office at (310)-838-0844 today to learn more and schedule a consultation. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have!
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