Most people dread the ‘right of passage’ that is traditional metal braces. Sure, going through this orthodontic treatment will result in straighter teeth, but wearing those metal wires can really take a toll on a person’s self-esteem.

Luckily, there’s an easy way to acheive that great straight smile while avoiding braces altogether!

Traditional teeth straightening methods are associated with pain in your gums and mouth. Invisalign clear aligners, on the otherhand, reduce the inconveniences associated with traditional braces. Relax and enjoy the ease, comfort, and beautiful smile that comes with the Invisalign treatment.

What are Invisalign Clear Aligners?

Similar to braces, Invisalign clear aligners are used to adjust the position of crooked teeth. However, unlike traditional metal braces, these virtually invisible orthodontic devices are custom-made to fit your teeth and are completely removable.

This means you can still enjoy all of those chewy, crunchy, or sticky foods that you love while undergoing the Invisalign treatment plan. You heard us right.

You don’t have to give up popcorn, hard candy, or apples!

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign aligner trays are created after an in-office procedure. Your dentist will take x-rays and impressions of your teeth, then the technical geniuses at Invisalign turn the impressions into a digital 3D image.

A qualified dentist will use this image to create a personalized plan to make sure you get the straight smile you’ve always wanted.

Using align technology, the aligner will apply a small amount of pressure on your teeth in order to move them into a new position.

You will receive multiple aligner trays over the course of your custom treatment plan, with the average patient receiving a new tray every few weeks.

Once your teeth are in the proper position you will be given an Invisalign retainer to wear to ensure that your smile stays exactly the way you want it to.

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

Every mouth is different. At your initial consultation, your dentist will tell you how long your individual treatment will take. The average Invisalign treatment length is 12 to 18 months, though your custom treatment plan may vary in length depending on how many aligners are required. Some Invisalign treatments are completed in as little as 6 months!

To see the best results from your treatment, you should be wearing Invisalign for at least 22 hours a day. You should aim to have as much wear time as possible, but know that you should not be wearing your Invisalign while you eat or brush your teeth. Just remember to put the removable aligners back into place once you’re done!

What To Do After Invisalign Treatment

After finishing the Invisalign process, it is important that you wear a retainer to keep your teeth from shifting back into their original places. Doing so will prevent unnecessary dental work down the line!

It is also important that you maintain good oral health. Continue to brush and floss at least twice a day, every day.

But the most important thing to do is to enjoy your new smile!

How to Clean Your Invisalign Clear Aligners

Be sure to clean your Invisalign aligners by rinsing them under lukewarm water every time you take them out of your mouth. This will prevent bacteria growth that may occur due to saliva buildup or left-over food particles.

To deep clean your set of aligners, use toothpaste or soak them in a distilled vinegar and water mixture. Be sure to brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush to complete your cleaning!

Invisalign Clear Aligners vs Traditional Braces

Popular orthodontic treatment options for crooked teeth include traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners. Your dentist will discuss which option is better suited for you during your initial consultation, but it is smart to have some information before going into your appointment.

Traditional metal braces are typically considered to be better for most kids, teens, and patients with severely crooked teeth. Invisalign treatment is typically favored by adults, however, in certain cases, Invisalign may be favored over braces due to the all-around pressure applied on the teeth.

Unlike braces with metal brackets, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and practically indistinguishable from your teeth except for a light shine. Ceramic or clear braces can accomplish the same aesthetic look as Invisalign but come with the downside of being more expensive and more prone to damage.

Time is a major concern when it comes to fixing crooked teeth because most people don’t like having to wear a dental appliance. Most Invisalign treatments will conclude within 12 to 18 months, while braces take a few years on average. For adults, this shortened time span can create a more comfortable teeth-straightening experience.

If you think that the Invisalign treatment is right for you, contact Tree City Dental to schedule a consultation appointment today! We’ll be there to help you with every step along the way!