Straightening Teeth: What Is Invisalign? How Does It Work?

Are you looking for an alternative to braces that will straighten your teeth without anyone knowing and the need for numerous dental appointments? Then you may want to give Invisalign a try.

Research shows that 1.3 million people worldwide opt for Invisalign each year for straightening teeth instead of braces or other methods. To learn more about the innovative teeth alignment system and if it’s right for you, read on.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a teeth-straightening method comprised of clear customized trays made of flexible plastic that the patient wears for several hours a day. Each tray is worn for a specified period of time before switching it out for a new one to gently move teeth into place. Unlike braces, Invisalign trays are fairly invisible and they may be removed so the patient can eat and brush and floss their teeth easily.

Invisalign eliminates the need for numerous orthodontist appointments where braces may need to be tightened or adjusted. It gives the patient a lot more independence and freedom as they straighten their teeth using an at-home system. Invisalign can be part of an entire smile makeover or used to close a gap in between the two front teeth.

Taking the First Invisalign Step

If you’re interested in Invisalign, the first step you’ll need to take is to visit a dentist who’s an Invisalign provider for an assessment. Not everyone is a candidate for this teeth-straightening method. If you are, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth or use 3D digital scanning technology to take images of your mouth.

The impressions or images are sent to an Invisalign lab where a series of customized trays will be made for you. Each tray is designed to be worn for a specified time period before you progress to the next tray. Over time, these trays move teeth into alignment.

Important Things to Keep in Mind About Invisalign

Invisalign can be a wonderful alternative to braces, which are visible when you speak and can make it difficult to thoroughly clean teeth. But, it’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions to get the best results.

This includes wearing the trays for at least 20 to 22 hours a day, removing them only to eat and clean your teeth. Keeping them in your mouth for as long as possible will help them straighten your teeth within the estimated time frame.

They also need to be thoroughly cleaned every day using a toothbrush (but not toothpaste, which can be abrasive) or by soaking them in a denture cleaning solution. This prevents bacteria from building up in the trays and coming into contact with your teeth and gums.

Invisalign also does not take the place of mouth guards wore when playing sports. It cannot protect your mouth from injuries and shouldn’t be used instead of a sports guard.

Your dentist will give you thorough instructions on how to care for and use your Invisalign trays to get the most out of them.

Learn More About the Invisalign Method for Straightening Teeth

For qualified candidates, Invisalign can be a great alternative to braces when it comes to straightening teeth.

We specialize in Invisalign treatment here at Ivy Rose Family Dentistry. Contact us to make an appointment for an assessment and to learn if Invisalign is right for you!