Whether you are a teen just starting treatment or an adult looking to get the smile you have always wanted, Invisalign is a great treatment option. Invisalign clear aligners are made of virtually invisible polyurethane plastic. The clear aligners are completely removable — for important social occasions, for eating, and most importantly, for your oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing. Invisalign does require dedication on the part of the patient as the aligners need to be worn for at least 22 hours a day. Your results depend on it!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
There are many benefits to using this clear, removable teeth-straightening system. Some of them include:
Removability – with a removable appliance, you can maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing as you did before treatment. Also, you have no dietary restrictions as with traditional braces.
Comfort – the Invisalign aligners are made of a soft, flexible plastic material that will not irritate the soft tissues in the mouth.
Teeth-grinding Protection – if you have a teeth-grinding or clenching habit, the clear aligners act as thin guards to protect your teeth from excessive wear.
HOW DOES INVISALIGN WORK?
Your Invisalign treatment plan starts with an impression of your teeth. This impression is then digitized and loaded into special software that helps the orthodontist accurately design the road map to your new smile. Once the plan is finalized, your custom aligners are made and sent to your orthodontist. You will wear each set of aligners approximately 2 weeks and then graduate to the next set of aligners in your treatment plan.
Invisalign is designed to moderate the force used to straighten teeth and to control the timing of the force applied. As determined by your orthodontist, only select teeth are moved during each stage of treatment.