What Can Invisalign® Correct?

What Can Invisalign® Correct?

Feb 01, 2021

The Invisalign® treatment is pretty much like traditional orthodontic treatment, and it can be used to correct wide gaps between teeth and teeth misalignment. Many people have been convinced that Invisalign is only used for mild cases, but that’s not the case.

These clear aligners have been around for over 20 years, and they’ve been used to correct millions of mild and severe cases. If you are not sure about the treatment, this blog is for you. We will provide you with facts about clear aligners to help you make an informed decision.

What is Invisalign?

It is a modern orthodontic approach that uses transparent and removable aligners to correct misaligned teeth and wide gaps between teeth. The aligners are designed to exert gentle pressure on a patient’s teeth and move them towards the desired direction without causing too much discomfort.

Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners do not use brackets and wires. This means food can’t be caught in between the wires, making it easier for you to maintain proper oral hygiene. The SmartTrack material used to make the aligners is FDA-approved, so you can be sure it is safe on your gums and teeth.

How Does Clear Aligners Work?

Typically, invisible aligners work pretty much the same as traditional braces. They are custom fit, and they apply gentle pressure to the patient’s teeth. However, the difference comes in maintenance. With traditional braces, you can eat and drink with the braces in your mouth since they are non-removable.

In an Invisalign treatment, you should never eat or drink anything except water with clear aligners in your mouth. You should always remove your aligners before meals to avoid staining them with food, making them visible. You should not smoke with them either. Also, you should wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day and replace them every two weeks. Your dentist will show you how to replace them and give you the replacements.

Why Should I Choose Invisalign?

Traditional braces have been around for the longest time, and they always get the job done. However, they are not always ideal for adults. Not many adults can feel proud walking around with metal braces on their mouths. Apart from that, here are more benefits of clear aligners.

  • They are easier to maintain compared to traditional braces.
  • You can eat all your favorite foods and not compromise the treatment. All you need to do is remove your aligners and eat your food.
  • They are more comfortable than braces since they are customized.
  • You can know what to expect after the treatment. The dentist will show you a picture of how your smile will look like after the treatment.

Invisalign Treatment Duration

Some people who choose clear aligners have been convinced that it takes lesser time to treat orthodontic problems. That’s not the case, though. Clear aligners take as long as traditional braces. However, some cases are faster with clear aligners, and so are some cases with metal braces.

That said, expect the treatment to last between six months and three years, depending on the severity of your problem. Your dentist will give you an estimated duration before the treatment commences. Be sure to follow your dentist’s advice if you want the treatment not to take longer than the estimated duration.

Does the Treatment Hurt?

Hurt is a huge word to use to describe the discomfort associated with clear aligners during the first few weeks. Like traditional braces, your teeth will take some time before they get used to the aligners, and you might experience some discomfort, such as increased sensitivity. However, you will get used to the aligners before you know it, and the discomfort will be gone.

Taking Care of Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are quite easy to maintain. Here are some tips to make your work even easier:

  • Quit smoking
  • Always brush your teeth before putting back your Invisalign.
  • Rinse your aligners before putting them back on your teeth.
  • Wash the aligners with colorless soap from time to time.
  • Always store the aligners in their case after removing them while eating. Leaving them in the open exposes them to bacteria and increases the risk of losing them.
  • Don’t eat or drink when you have the aligners on your mouth. You can take some water, though.

Susan J. Curley DDS

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