An Invisalign dentist is your best option for repairing crooked teeth and getting the straight, even smile you’ve always wanted. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aren’t as obvious. They are a quick and relatively painless solution for adults and anyone else who has been avoiding metal braces. But, just as with any dental procedure, it’s a good idea to know what you’re getting into before you make the decision. Here’s what you need to know about using Invisalign to improve your smile.
What is Invisalign
Invisalign are a kind of braces and are used to straighten crooked teeth. They’re especially attractive to adults who don’t want to wear traditional metal braces, but they are also something that adolescents can use. They’re a series of clear trays, which are swapped out at regular intervals, each tray slowly changing the teeth until they’re in the desired position. Each set of Invisalign braces is custom made so yours will be designed for your specific needs.
How to Use Invisalign
As with regular braces, your Invisalign dentist will take an impression of your mouth and your trays will be created using that as a guide. It’s important to follow your dentist’s treatment plan very closely to get the best results. That will include changing trays on the recommended schedule, which may be bi-weekly, weekly or even more often based on your specific needs. You’ll also need to see your dentist regularly to be sure things are progressing as they should. Invisalign braces do come in and out of your mouth, which is different than metal braces. You should take them out to eat, if recommended by your dentist, and you should still brush and floss daily, making sure to also clean your trays before putting them back in.
What to Expect
Invisalign braces are pretty easy to use and have great results as long as you’re using them as advised. They can cause some discomfort, especially when you swap the trays. You may have some pain as the trays begin to move your teeth and you might notice them becoming a bit loose when it’s time to use a new tray. Unlike metal braces, there won’t be any wires or brackets, but you may have to combine them with rubber bands like you would with traditional braces. Invisalign treatment can take a couple of years, depending on your needs, but it’s generally a lot less obvious and painful than using old school braces. Once done, you’ll have to wear a retainer to help hold your teeth in their new position.
Are You a Candidate?
Invisalign is a great choice for many patients, but they can’t fix the shape of your teeth, teeth that are rotated more than 20 percent, teeth that are tilted more than 45 degrees, midline movements or large gaps. Some people with prior dental treatments may not be candidates for Invisalign either.
If you want to straighten your teeth, a call to an Invisalign dentist should be your first step. In no time, you’ll be loving your smile.
Call ProviDent Dental Group today to get started with your Invisalign braces. You won’t be sorry.