Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces that can accommodate subtle straightening in a relatively quick treatment process. The custom-designed aligners for Invisalign treatment allow the dentist to move teeth gently and effectively for straighter alignment and improved smiles, with a process that allows a real-time view of the progress.
The process, similar to traditional orthodontics, begins with an initial consultation, scans, pictures, and impressions taken. The dentist uses the impressions and other data to create a treatment plan, and if Invisalign is an option, the aligners are made for progressive improvement over time. The clear aligner trays fit over teeth snugly due to their custom-made design, and they are nearly invisible. Some adjusting may be necessary to get comfortable speaking with the aligners, but they are removed to eat and drink.
Most patients are instructed to wear their Invisalign aligners for at least 20 hours every day. The more diligent a patient is with wearing and caring for their aligners, the more effective the treatment will be. The use of Invisalign adds some extra work for patients with regard to cleaning and caring for the aligners, but for the convenience and comfort, Invisalign is quite appealing for those patients that meet the treatment criteria.
Unlike traditional braces that require a semi-permanent bond to the teeth, Invisalign aligners are removed regularly for eating, drinking, and oral hygiene. The aligners must be cleaned with liquid cleanser or aligner cleaning tablets, and they should be kept away from hot water and liquids to prevent distorting the shape. Chewing with the aligners in can cause damage from impact and pressure on the custom-fit aligner trays, as well as risk scratching their appearance making them more noticeable.
The removable design of Invisalign also optimizes oral hygiene habits throughout the treatment process, allowing patients to freely brush and floss as they normally would. When subtle straightening is desired, Invisalign may be able to quickly, effectively, and easily enhance smiles.
For information on Invisalign and other smile-enhancing options, contact Friendly Dental Care at 740-687-6105 today.