What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners to gradually straighten teeth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and removable, making them a discreet and convenient option for teeth alignment. Invisalign is a clear aligner system that uses a series of custom-made aligners to gradually move teeth into their desired position. The aligners are made of a clear, tooth-colored material that is virtually invisible, making them a good option for adults and teenagers who may be self-conscious about wearing braces.
Here are some important things you should know about Invisalign:
Each set of Invisalign aligners is custom-made for your specific needs. Your dentist will take impressions (or digital scan), photographs, and sometimes x-rays of your teeth to create a 3D digital model. This model is used to plan your treatment and create a series of aligners that will gradually move your teeth into the desired position.
One of the key advantages of Invisalign is that the aligners can be easily removed. This means you can take them out when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. However, for effective results, it is recommended to wear the aligners for 20-22 hours a day.
The duration of Invisalign treatment varies depending on the complexity of your case. On average, treatment can take anywhere from 6 to 18 months. Your dentist will provide you with a specific treatment plan and timeline based on your individual needs.
With Invisalign, you will typically receive a series of aligners, each to be worn for about one to two weeks before moving on to the next set. As you progress through the aligners, your teeth will gradually shift into the desired position.
Attachments and Buttons
In some cases, attachments or buttons may be necessary for the aligners to exert the right amount of force on your teeth. These are small tooth-colored bumps or buttons that are bonded to your teeth and provide additional grip for the aligners.
It is normal to experience some discomfort or pressure when you first start wearing a new set of aligners. This is a sign that the aligners are working and gradually moving your teeth. However, the discomfort is usually mild and subsides within a few days.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial during Invisalign treatment. You should remove your aligners before brushing and flossing your teeth. Additionally, clean your aligners regularly with a soft toothbrush and lukewarm water to prevent the buildup of bacteria and plaque.
Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, which means they won’t be as noticeable as traditional braces. This makes them a popular choice for adults and teenagers who may feel self-conscious about wearing braces. Additionally, you can continue to enjoy your favorite foods without restrictions since the aligners are removable.
After completing your Invisalign treatment, it’s important to wear retainers as prescribed by your dentist. Retainers help maintain the new position of your teeth and prevent them from shifting back to their original alignment.