What to know about Invisalign
Am I right for Invisalign?
Invisalign can help with a lot of orthodontic problems, namely less severe spacing and alignment issues. These clear trays are especially adept at realigning teeth for adults who had braces when they were kids, but weren’t the best about wearing their retainers.
If your teeth or your jaw structure needs more major realignment, Invisalign may not be the right treatment for you.
Invisalign: How does it work?
Invisalign uses a clear plastic aligner that snaps over your teeth to slowly shift your smile into place. You’ll wear the aligner for about 18-20 hours a day, removing it to eat and brush your teeth. Every two weeks, you’ll switch to a new alignment with a slightly different shape. Gradually, your teeth will move to their new position over the course of 20-30 aligners.
How will my first appointment go?
Your orthodontist will take a good look at the roof of your mouth, your jaws, and your teeth—the whole enchilada! Then, she’ll take photos of your teeth and take 3D digital X-rays. Lastly, she’ll take an impression of your teeth; that’ll be sent to a lab to help them make custom Invisalign aligners.
What’s it like to wear Invisalign?
Traditional braces require 1-2 hours of chair-time at the dentist’s office. Not Invisalign, it just pops right in! When mealtime rolls around, you can just as easily pop them out. Same goes for brushing and flossing.