Invisalign is a revolutionary approach to orthodontic treatment that many adults choose over traditional braces. It can address many problems with the teeth, providing a perfect smile using clear plastic trays that gradually move the teeth into position. If you need orthodontic treatment that does not require traditional braces, it can be an excellent option.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign uses a series of custom-made trays to move your teeth into optimal position for your best possible smile. The trays move the teeth a small amount at a time, with each individual tray representing an incremental movement. In most cases, you can begin to see the results of treatment in a few weeks.
Because the trays are made of clear plastic, you should take some precautions to keep them clean and intact.
The trays are manufactured specifically for you based on your individual needs. A mold is made of your mouth, and the orthodontist will take numerous pictures. In addition, digital models of your teeth are used to determine what your teeth will look like after treatment is completed and what each incremental movement should accomplish.
Precautions to Take During Invisalign Treatment
Like braces, Invisalign trays require proper care. Because the trays are made of clear plastic, you should take some precautions to keep them clean and intact. You will also receive instructions on how to care for the trays. You’ll wear each tray for about two weeks, so you’ll want to be sure they remain comfortable and attractive during this time.
If you are normally a tea or coffee drinker, you should be very careful with these beverages during your treatment. Tea and coffee can cause damage to your trays in two ways—through heat and through staining. Hot beverages can warp the plastic of the trays, changing their shape so they no longer fit over your teeth properly. If the trays become stained, they will no longer be clear and virtually invisible, but will make your teeth look dingy. You can take your trays out while you drink hot beverages to prevent this damage, but be sure to put them right back in (after cleaning them), since the trays must be worn at least twenty-two out of every twenty-four hours.
For more tips on how to care for Invisalign aligners, call our experienced orthodontic team today.