What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a treatment for straightening teeth using clear, BPA-free plastic trays that are made just for you. You’ll change out your trays every few weeks for the duration of your treatment plan.

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This approach has become a popular alternative to traditional braces. While anecdotal evidence suggests Invisalign is effective, it’s important to remember that it’s not foolproof.

Invisible

Invisible braces are a more subtle alternative to metal braces. There are no wires and the aligners are clear so they blend in with teeth. The aligners can also be removed for eating and brushing. This allows patients to maintain their normal routine without having to worry about meals and snacks.

The aligners are comfortable to wear as well. They are made from a thermoplastic material that is smooth and doesn’t rub against the inside of your mouth. This is a far better option than traditional metal braces that can cause abrasions. The only discomfort that is associated with invisible braces is when a patient first starts wearing the trays. This is because the teeth are moving into a new position and can be sore for a few days. However, this should not be painful or last longer than a few weeks. If it does, contact your Bolton orthodontist for further treatment options.

Invisible aligners can be a great choice for many patients, but it is important to understand the benefits and limitations of this treatment before you decide to go ahead with it. It is important to remember that invisible braces will take longer than traditional metal braces and you will need to wear the trays for at least 22 hours a day (unless you are doing a nighttime-only wear regimen). It is also important to visit your dentist regularly during treatment and to follow the treatment plan exactly.

Comfortable

Invisalign has a more comfortable feel than traditional braces, as there are no metal wires that can poke the inside of your mouth. Also, unlike standard metal braces that have to be tightened regularly, Invisalign aligners fit snugly around your teeth to encourage all-around movement of the teeth.

In the beginning, you may have some discomfort as your teeth are forced into new positions. But this is not uncommon and should subside after a few days or at the end of each tray change. You may also experience enhanced sensitivity in your teeth, which should also go away after a short period of time. A good way to relieve this is by using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. Ask your Maple Dental Health dentist for recommendations.

The biggest drawback to Invisalign is that it requires consistent use for optimal results. If you remove the aligners for longer than recommended, your teeth will return to their previous positions and your progress will stall. This is why it is important to only remove the aligners when eating or drinking. If you are prone to forgetting to put the aligners back in, there are apps available to remind you.

It is also common to lose the aligners, and if this happens on a regular basis it can prolong your treatment. This is why it is important to keep them in a designated spot, such as a small case in your purse or wallet.

Removable

Invisalign is a great option for people with crowding or spacing issues, mild to moderate bite problems and a variety of other orthodontic issues. The clear, removable aligners are truly convenient and allow you to go about your day without worrying about a mouth full of metal wires and brackets.

Each aligner is tailored to fit snugly over your teeth and applies gentle pressure to help move your teeth into the desired position. Unlike traditional braces, they do not use metal wires or brackets to apply pressure so you can avoid abrasions in your mouth during treatment. The aligners are also removable so you can eat and drink what you want during treatment and brush and floss your teeth without any restrictions. You can even remove them for special occasions like a wedding or prom!

Depending on your insurance policy, many (PPO) dental plans cover the cost of Invisalign. You may even be able to put money into an FSA or HSA to pay for the aligners, says Dr. Eckhardt.

Easier to Clean

Unlike traditional braces, which can be difficult to clean in the back of your mouth, Invisalign is easy to brush and rinse. Besides getting rid of the food particles that get stuck inside your teeth, it’s important to keep your aligners clean, or else they might become stained and develop odors. Dirty aligners can also cause gum damage.

Regularly cleaning your aligners will ensure they stay in good condition throughout your treatment. You can use a toothbrush and clear antibacterial soap to clean them, or you can buy special cleaners for Invisalign. Make sure the cleaner you choose does not contain harsh chemicals or abrasives, which could damage your trays.

When rinsing your Invisalign trays, you must make sure the water is lukewarm. Hot water can damage the plastic and change their shape. A diluted bleach solution can also be used to clean your aligners, as long as you don’t leave it in for too long or you risk yellowing them.

Another way to clean your aligners is by soaking them in a mixture of one part hydrogen peroxide and one part lukewarm water for about 20 minutes. The hydrogen peroxide helps to break down stains and disinfects your aligners, and it’s also cheap. Some people prefer to use a retainer brite cleaner, which has a stronger chemical that can break down stains more effectively.