If you are considering Invisalign® treatment to straighten your teeth and improve your smile, it is important to understand the process and how the aligners work. The following are common questions that we get from our patients about Invisalign treatment.
What kind of materials are the aligners made from?
The clear aligners are made from a medical-grade thermoplastic and look very similar to the trays used for teeth whitening. The material is BPA-free and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign treatment uses a series of custom-made aligners that you wear 20 to 22 hours each day to gradually shift your teeth into the correct position. All you have to do is switch to the next tray in the series every one to two weeks according to your dentist’s instructions. Each tray exerts the right amount of pressure on the right teeth at the right time to create a straighter smile.
Do I have to avoid certain foods with Invisalign treatment?
No. Unlike traditional braces, you remove the aligners when you eat or drink, which means that you can still eat all of your favorite foods. Of course, we do recommend that you brush your teeth after each meal before reinserting your aligner.
What happens after I finish Invisalign treatment?
In most cases, we recommend that patients wear a retainer to prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original position. The dentist will let you know how long you should continue wearing the retainer based on your specific situation.
How can I benefit from Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign offers a number of advantages over traditional braces. First, the aligners are virtually invisible, so no one has to know that you are wearing them unless you choose to tell them. There are no brackets or wires to get in the way, so it is easier to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy during treatment. In most cases, Invisalign treatment involves fewer visits to the dentist than traditional braces, so it is especially convenient for busy adults. We can also show you the results that you can expect following treatment using a state-of-the-art virtual imaging system.
If you would like to find out if Invisalign is right for you, call our office today to schedule an appointment.