Invisalign is a type of orthodontic aligner that uses clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth gradually over time. Patients wear a set of aligners for two weeks at a time, then switch them out for the next set in the series. Unlike traditional braces that require brackets and wires to move teeth into place, Invisalign uses a gentle pressure that moves the teeth slowly into their ideal location over two to four months.
Many patients prefer Invisalign because the aligners are nearly invisible when worn and do not cause irritation to the gums or soft tissues of the mouth as metal braces often do. Aligners are also removable, so patients can eat their favorite foods and brush and floss their teeth normally without worrying about damaging their appliances. Finally, Invisalign treatment is typically more affordable than other options for orthodontics, like metal braces.
Unfortunately, Invisalign is not suitable for every patient. Patients with severely misaligned bites may require alternative orthodontic treatment options like conventional braces or other solutions. The best way to find out if Invisalign is right for you is to schedule a consultation with our orthodontist to discuss all of your options and treatment options.
First, we will take images of your teeth using digital imaging technology, which is similar to the traditional process of making a mold of your teeth. These images will tell us the exact dimensions of your teeth and allow us to create a treatment plan. The images will also show the current positioning of your jaw so that we can determine whether your bite will need to change as well during treatment.
We will then provide you with a set of custom-made aligners that will gradually move your teeth into their desired positions over the course of treatment. The aligners are made of a smooth BPA-free plastic that will feel comfortable against the surface of your mouth.
For best results, you should wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day. However, you can remove them to eat or to brush your teeth. You should clean your aligners using a soft toothbrush and lukewarm water every time you remove them from your mouth. You should also rinse them after every meal to remove any food or debris from the surfaces. Each set of aligners should be worn for at least two weeks before moving on to the next set in the series.
After a few months of treatment, you’ll likely need to visit your dentist for a checkup to ensure that you’re progressing in the right direction. This will allow us to make any adjustments that might be needed to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
No, not at all! They’re designed to be as easy to use as possible. Just take your aligner out to clean your teeth, then put it in again when you’re done. You can remove them to eat, brush, and floss like normal, too. The only things you can’t do are eat or drink while wearing them or chew gum with them in – this can damage the aligners and make them ineffective. However, because the aligners are made of clear plastic, it’s easy to see when you need to take them out for a meal or a drink.
The length of your treatment will vary depending on your unique situation. On average, wearing Invisalign for 22 hours a day is recommended for the best results. If you only have mild misalignment issues, you may only be required to wear your aligners for two weeks at a time before switching to the next set in the series. This shortens the overall duration of your treatment and makes it easier to keep up with your daily Invisalign routine.
Get in touch with Carroll Orthodontics at 1116 W Main St, Hamilton, MT 59840, or 3920 US Hwy 93, Stevensville, MT 59870, or call (406) 363-2200 to learn more.