Your smile is the first attribute people notice when they first meet you. It’s important that you make a good first impression but if you are self-conscious about your smile, you may feel the need to cover your teeth instead of sharing that smile. While you may believe that correcting a crooked smile is too time consuming, too expensive and too intrusive, revolutionary Invisalign may be the answer to your problem!
Invisalign braces work like traditional orthodontic braces, but are virtually invisible. If you have been putting off getting braces because you didn’t want to deal with metal wires and brackets, Invislign, a series of removable, plastic aligners, can do the job.These aligners are constructed of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible medical grade thermoplastic material that you place over your teeth. By properly wearing these aligners, your teeth will gradually and gently shift, straightening your teeth. The custom-made plastic trays are replaced about every two weeks, based on how your teeth shift. Invisalign is perfect for an adult who wants to inconspicuously straighten his or her teeth. Teenagers, especially athletes who run the chance of being hit in the mouth while wearing traditional regular braces, can benefit from Invialign, as well. Teens love the control and the look of Invisalign braces, too.
The first step is consulting with your dentist regarding the alignment of your teeth to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign braces. Your orthodontist can then devise a plan just for you, complete with a computer composite of your smile after Invisalign. Impressions of your teeth are taken to determine fit and to map out the stages of the Invisalign molds in order to produce the desired outcome. At this time, Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics can also give you a timeframe regarding the length of your treatment. Keep in mind that unlike traditional braces, how well these trays function depends upon your actually wearing them for the allotted time each day. The aligners gently move the teeth by placing pressure on certain teeth, so each tray has a specific purpose in the grand scheme of the treatment. This means that only certain teeth move during certain tray cycles, causing a force delivery system that eventually moves the teeth into their desired locations. To help the orthodontist to better gauge the time you’ll spend in Invisalign braces, new technology has been introduced. By utilizing SmartTrack and SmartForce materials, orthodontists can better predict tooth movement. The SmartTrack material is also easier to wear and remove because it fits better, making it more comfortable, too. The newest technology in Invisalign Teen features the blue dot—an encapsulated indicator to help gauge wear time. Over time, the blue dot fades, indicating actual wearing time, something some teens can conveniently forget to do.
To make your Invisalign adventure successful, there are some items you should discuss with your orthodontist. First, you should confirm that you can benefit from Invisalign braces. If you suffer from TMJ or you have a bridge, Invisalign might not be appropriate to fix your smile. Only your orthodontist can determine its effectiveness for your particular case. Also, Invisalign will not work it you don’t wear them. That may seem like common sense, but they must be worn from 20 to 22 hours each day to actually work. Many teenagers and even some adults can’t commit to being so diligent about their wear, so traditional braces may be a better choice—you can’t remove them!
While Invisalign braces are almost invisible, they will affect your speech, at least initially. As with any new foreign object placed in your mouth, the aligners take getting used to, and speech and drooling might be affected. Once you are used to having the aligners in all the time, these small nuisances should go away.
Note that one of the best things about Invisalign is that you can eat whatever you want—whatever you want!You will, however, have to be diligent about brushing, each and every time you eat. Food trapped in your teeth and then covered with a plastic aligner does not make for a healthy mouth, so brushing regularly is imperative. Since you have to remove your aligners to eat, Invisalign can work as an unintentional weight loss program: snacking and meals have to be better thought out with aligners, and sometimes the removal process might be more trouble than you deem worthy. You’ll consumer less calories, at least at the onset of your treatment program.
Food is not the only thing you need to be cautious about with your Invisalign aligners; drinks can be hazardous, too! Red wine, coffee, tea—these drinks can stain the actual plastic aligners, taking them from invisible to dingy and stained. Just remember to remove them when imbibing or drinking your morning coffee so as not to discolor them.
Cleaning your aligners is also a part of the deal; you will want to rinse the plastic trays every time you remove them to clear any built-up plaque and residue. You can also soak them in special Invisalign cleaning crystals or denture solution to thoroughly sanitize your trays.
You may experience some discomfort initially, but that just means your teeth are shifting into place. Aspirin or ibuprofen may help to alleviate that pain, but ask your doctor to be sure. By comparison, Invisalign straighteners are far less uncomfortable than the tightening of traditional braces, plus there aren’t any wires to poke you in the mouth!
While Invisalign trays are known for being almost invisible, and easy to use, they’re best and most important attribute is their effectiveness. When used correctly, Invisalign trays can help to make your smile straight and beautiful. Since you can actually see your new, improved smile before you even start your treatment, Invisalign is a great way to give you incentive to wear your aligners on a regular basis. To determine whether or not Invisalign is the best option for you, ask your orthodontist if you can benefit from Invisalign treatment. Your smile will thank you!