With Invisalign, you can have orthodontic treatment without having to worry about your appearance while your teeth are being straightened. These clear, plastic aligners will have you flashing your perfect smile, and wearing a retainer after treatment will ensure your teeth will stay where they’re supposed to be.
Treatment with Invisalign
Invisalign orthodontic treatment uses clear plastic trays to move your teeth into the desired position. Your orthodontist uses molds of your mouth as well as digital photos to determine what your teeth should look like when treatment is complete. You’ll wear a series of plastic trays over a period of time. Each tray is worn for about two weeks. Your teeth will gradually move until your alignment is corrected.
This treatment offers several advantages over traditional braces, including:
- Smooth trays are more comfortable than wire braces
- Trays are virtually invisible
- Trays can be removed for short periods
- You can see the progress of your treatment after only a few weeks
While you’re wearing your Invisalign trays, be sure to keep your mouth and the trays clean. You should avoid any foods or beverages that might stain or warp the trays, and follow all the other instructions your orthodontist provides.
After Your Invisalign Treatment
After you complete your treatment, you will need to take measures to ensure your teeth remain properly aligned. As with traditional braces, you’ll wear a retainer to keep your teeth from moving back to their original, misaligned positions. This retainer might be the last aligner tray from your treatment, or your orthodontist might recommend another type of retainer. You will receive instructions regarding how long and how often to wear the retainer. For example, you might wear it every night.
You should also continue to take the best possible care of your teeth, brushing and flossing regularly and avoiding staining agents that can discolor your teeth. By wearing your retainer and taking good care of your teeth, you can maintain your perfect smile for many years to come.
If you have questions about taking care of your teeth after Invisalign, contact our office at 214-547-0001 to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist.