The Ultimate Guide to Invisalign

The Ultimate Guide to Invisalign

Posted by Carlston Dental Group Jan 25,2023

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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.

How Does Invisalign Work?

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.

What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?

Here are some benefits of Invisalign:

  • Comfortable and removable
  • Allows you to eat whatever you want
  • Less noticeable than braces
  • Is suitable for both adults and teens
  • Takes about the same amount of time as traditional braces
  • Straightens teeth faster compared to traditional braces
  • Virtually invisible to the naked eye
  • More comfortable than traditional braces
  • Doesn’t require regular tightening like braces
  • Requires fewer visits to the dentist’s office
  • Lets you brush and floss normally to maintain the health of your gums and teeth
  • Won’t affect your speech
  • Can be removed for special occasions or important meetings
  • Can handle mild to moderate cases of crowding, crossbite, overbite, underbite, and other alignment issues

How Can You Care For Your Aligners?

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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