What You Need To Know About Invisalign Invisible Aligners

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When it comes to keeping your teeth healthy and straight, traditional braces have been the best non-surgical option available to patients with crooked teeth for a very long time. However, more subtle alternatives to metal brackets or ceramic braces have been presented. One of the more popular options is Invisalign clear aligners. Read on to learn more about Invisalign.

What Are Invisible Aligners (Invisalign)?

Invisible aligners consist of thin, clear plastic trays that are molded to fit over your teeth, where they work to gradually move your teeth into their proper position over a specific period. It uses a flexible thermoplastic material called SmartTrack, which is designed to help with tooth movement – to effectively move all of your teeth at once. This approach allows Invisalign to give patients a healthy smile more quickly than traditional braces.

Invisalign Aligners Vs. Traditional Braces

Why choose Invisalign over traditional metal braces? There are several pros and cons for both treatments. Before choosing one or the other, you should be fully informed about the Invisalign system and how it contrasts with metal wires.

The biggest advantage clear Invisalign aligners have over traditional braces is their subtlety. Because the aligners are virtually invisible, it’s difficult to tell that you’re wearing them. With conventional braces, patients have to fuss over a mouth full of metal or ceramic, possibly making them feel self-conscious about smiling or showing their teeth. 

Unlike metal braces, wearing Invisalign is more comfortable. You can also remove the clear aligners, which means that you don’t have to restrict yourself to eating certain foods or worry about brushing and flossing your teeth while wearing them. Of course, the one downside to Invisalign being removable is the strong temptation to wear them less often.

However, be mindful that removing them for long periods will delay your treatment, lengthening the amount of time you must spend wearing the aligners as you risk your teeth shifting back into their previous position.

The clear aligners can be as effective as traditional braces. The key is compliance. You must wear the aligners for the recommended amount of time per day to see the results that your orthodontist has mapped out.

Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions

How old is Invisalign?

Invisalign specifically has been around since 1998. However, the vision for the technology used to make Invisalign was developed in 1945. Dr. H.D. Kiesling predicted that a series of ‘tooth positioners’ would produce the movements necessary for orthodontic treatments.

How does Invisalign works?

The invisible aligners move teeth in a manner intended to control both the amount of movement and the timing of the movement.  So, at each stage of treatment, only certain teeth are allowed to move at certain times. This results in an efficient system that moves your teeth into their proper position in your mouth.

How often do I have to wear the invisible aligners?

You should wear the clear aligners a minimum of 20-22 hours a day. In general, you should only remove them when eating, drinking, or brushing and flossing your teeth.

Is the treatment painful?

Some patients may experience minor discomfort caused by their teeth being moved into a new position. This sensation lasts for a few days at the beginning of each stage of the treatment. While it can be uncomfortable, it should not be painful. However, if it becomes painful, consult your orthodontist.

How much does Invisalign cost?

Are you thinking about getting Invisalign treatment? You have more alternatives for improving your teeth than ever before. The cost of Invisalign treatment ranges from $3,000 to $7,000, with the majority of customers paying $5,000 or less.

Are there any restrictions on what I can eat or drink while undergoing the treatment?

No. Because you can remove Invisalign invisible aligners, they do not affect what you eat and drink. However, you should still exercise caution with sugary or acidic food and beverages that may damage your teeth, and stick to a regular oral hygiene routine.

Will it affect my speech?

The majority of patients had reported no effect on their speech due to Invisalign invisible aligners. However, there is an adjustment period associated with having something unfamiliar in your mouth and the pressure on your teeth. 

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

The treatment length varies depending on the severity of the tooth misalignment and how diligently you wear your aligners. Typically, treatment lasts between 9 and 18 months, though your orthodontist will provide more detailed information during your initial consultation.

How do I clean Invisalign invisible aligners?

The best way to clean your aligners is by brushing and rinsing them in lukewarm water. You can also use the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals or special cleaning tablets. It’s also vital that you brush and floss your teeth after each meal and before re-inserting your aligners.

Experience The Invisalign Idaho Falls Difference

Proper orthodontic treatment and care is about more than just straight teeth. It should enhance a patient’s confidence with their smile, improve the health of their oral function and bite, and not negatively impact a patient’s oral health in any way. 

Crowding and spacing problems, as well as some mild and moderate biting concerns, can all be addressed with Invisalign. If you don’t have a difficult bite or crowding problem and would like a less noticeable therapy than braces, it could be a good alternative for you. Talk to one of our Invisalign orthodontists or dentist to see if you require orthodontic treatment and if Invisalign is an appropriate option for you. Then, before making a decision, weigh all of the advantages and disadvantages.

You can schedule an appointment with us for a custom treatment plan, and experience the Adventure difference!