Our dentists explain what to expect before, during, and after Invisalign treatment, as well as how Invisalign can help you achieve a straighter smile.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of custom-made clear aligners that can help straighten your teeth without using traditional wire and metal braces.
Typically, you’ll wear each set of aligners for about two weeks before switching to the next set in the series. During that time, the aligners will make gradual, tiny adjustments to your teeth.
Your dentist will assess your unique needs and determine the length of your treatment. During your treatment, you can take out your custom aligners to drink, eat, brush, and floss. During your treatment, your smile should change in the following ways:
Improved Cleanliness During & After Treatment
Because Invisalign trays are removable, you can take out the trays when you are ready to brush and floss. You'll be able to ensure you brush and floss all your teeth thoroughly during treatment.
You can also clean your Invisalign clear aligners by rinsing them or using the Invisalign cleaning crystals. This will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy while they are straightened.
Before you begin your treatment, your teeth may be gapped, crooked or misaligned. Invisalign can help treat any of these issues - individually or in combination.
Your results will vary depending on your treatment plan, but in general, as long as you follow the prescribed plan, you can expect to see straighter teeth when you look in the mirror after Invisalign treatment.
Gaps between your teeth may be narrowed, and your bite may improve as well. Regardless of the problems that were addressed, you'll probably enjoy showing off your new, straighter smile to everyone you meet.
Better Dental Health
Every one of your teeth will receive just the right amount of pressure for the right amount of time if you wear your Invisalign clear aligners properly and only remove them when you need to eat, drink, or clean your teeth. Your total number of aligners will be determined by the severity of your misalignment. Straighter teeth will result in better dental health and healthier gums in the long run.
No More Crowded or Misaligned Teeth
Teeth that are misaligned or crowded can hurt your appearance and contribute to poor oral health. With Invisalign, misalignments can be corrected. The key to success is adhering to the personalized treatment plan your dentist creates for you.
Each phase of your treatment focuses on a few of your teeth at a time, rather than moving all of your teeth at once. No matter which issue is being treated, it's critical that you stick to the plan your dentist recommends and wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day. Your crowded or misaligned teeth should be straight after a successful treatment process, and you'll be able to reveal a straighter smile.
Increased Comfort Level
Invisalign clear aligners are made of smooth plastic and are therefore quite comfortable to wear. Furthermore, because of the transparent plastic, casual observers should have a difficult time noticing them as they discreetly straighten your teeth.