Invisalign is a revolutionary way to straighten teeth. It’s a clear aligner system that consists of a series of removable plastic trays that are worn over the teeth. The trays gradually shift your teeth into place, so you can have the smile you’ve always wanted without braces or metal wires.
With Invisalign, you don’t need to worry about wires poking out from your mouth or brackets getting caught on things around the house–it’s all hidden under those clear aligners!
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Invisalign Treatment
- Wear aligners for 22 hours a day.
- Clean your aligners regularly.
- Visit your dentist or orthodontist regularly.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign® aligners are made of a clear plastic that you wear over your teeth, much like traditional braces. But unlike traditional braces, Invisalign uses a series of removable aligners to gradually move your teeth into place. Each set of aligners moves your teeth just a little bit at a time until you achieve the desired result.*
- How long will I have to wear Invisalign?
The length of treatment varies from case to case but typically ranges from 12-18 months.* * What is the difference between Invisalign and traditional braces?Traditional metal braces require brackets affixed directly onto each tooth; these brackets may be noticeable when talking or smiling because they can be slightly visible through thin lips or cheeks.* With Invisalign®, no wires or brackets are attached directly onto any part of your smile–you’ll get all the benefits without anyone knowing!
Tips for Caring for Your Teeth During Treatment
- Brush and floss regularly. Brushing your aligners is an important part of maintaining good oral health, but it’s also important not to brush too hard. Over-brushing can cause the plastic material of your aligners to wear down more quickly, which means they’ll need to be replaced sooner than expected.
- Avoid sticky foods like chewing gum and bubblegum (and don’t forget about those sweets!). Sticky foods can get stuck in between your teeth or on top of them, where they’re hard for you or anyone else to remove without causing damage or discomfort–not exactly what you want when you’re trying to achieve a beautiful smile!
- Keep your aligners clean by rinsing them after each meal with warm water and brushing them gently with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste designed specifically for Invisalign patients’ needs; avoid using any abrasive cleaners since these could scratch the plastic surface of your aligners over time.*
Tips for Dealing with Invisalign Discomfort
- Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen. The pain of Invisalign is often caused by inflammation, so taking an anti-inflammatory can help reduce it.
- Use cold compresses to reduce swelling and discomfort in your mouth. You can also make an ice pack by wrapping a baggie filled with water and crushed ice around your lower jawline for five minutes at a time, as needed (this will also help keep your teeth from chipping).
- Salt water rinses are helpful because they reduce bacteria on the surface of your teeth that may cause irritation or infection if left unchecked–and they’re easy to do yourself! Just mix one teaspoon of salt into eight ounces of warm water; swish this around in your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting out; repeat once more after you’ve brushed your teeth as usual.* Baking soda swishes help neutralize acids produced by plaque buildup on tooth enamel due to poor oral hygiene habits such as skipping flossing sessions or not brushing thoroughly enough