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Our Basic Guide to Invisalign
There are many ways of straightening a smile. Over the last few years, invisible aligners have become a popular and affordable choice for many guests. Invisalign was a pioneer in this type of corrector and leads the market in research, recognition, and success.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a clear aligner that may correct many issues concerning bite, crowding, and crooked teeth. The process begins with a dental consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for the Invisalign treatment. During the appointment, the dentist will take either impressions or digital images of your teeth before mapping out a plan that is customized for each guest. You can even see a 3-D model of how Invisalign can shape your smile before you leave the office!
Invisalign works like traditional braces: using pressure to move and manipulate the teeth to achieve alignment. Not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign, but a reputable dentist or orthodontist will be able to best recommend what is right for each guest. After deciding that Invisalign is right for you, your dentist will order the lab to begin producing the personalized Invisalign trays. You can expect this process to take about four weeks. When the trays arrive at the dentist's office, you’ll come back in. Some guests require that tooth-colored attachments be affixed to teeth to keep the aligners better adhered to the teeth, and at that time those attachments may be placed. (Don’t worry—they are removed at the end of your Invisalign treatment.) Occasionally, some guests may need to wear rubber bands with their aligners.
We’ll also make sure the aligners fit well and explain what to expect from your treatment, including when we want to see you again and how often you’ll need to change your aligners out. Once your aligners are well-fitted and you’re ready to move forward, you’ll need to wear the aligners all the time, other than during meals. You’ll also remove them when you brush and floss but be sure to brush your aligners too. Wearing the trays as directed will help you achieve the end results you want and will help future aligners fit properly. Most people wear a tray for two weeks and then switch out to the next tray, but it’s important to follow your dentist’s or orthodontist’s instructions. Your teeth will begin to move gradually as you wear your Invisalign trays as instructed and move through the prescribed regimen.