Orthodontics may seem like purely aesthetic treatments for a more attractive smile, but that’s not always the case. Crooked teeth are harder to keep clean, which puts you at risk of decay and periodontal disease, and can cause jaw pain. Also, people who aren’t confident in their smile may feel that they lack a certain quality of life in social and professional situations
Invisalign is a form of braces that use clear tray aligners. They’re made of Invisalign’s own blend of plastic, and manufactured in their own facilities based on molds of your mouth. The aligners are a solid piece of plastic that is strong enough to put pressure on specific parts of your teeth to slowly move them into a better position.
To get Invisalign, you first need to have a consultation with your dentist. We will look at your smile, your overall oral health, and take digital impressions of your mouth. Then, Invisalign makes their aligners unique to your mouth for a custom fit. Your dentist creates your overall treatment plan and serves as your partner in getting the results you want.
Invisalign uses a series of aligner trays that are replaced every one to two weeks. Each replacement tray will feel slightly different, as it’s designed to continue shifting and moving your teeth.
You need to wear Invisalign trays for most of your day (20–22 hours/day) in order to see results. However, they’re easily removed for eating, brushing, flossing, or for special occasions.
Though it’s a solid piece of plastic, Invisalign aligners are braces, not retainers, because they actively move your teeth to shape your mouth and jaw. Retainers just hold your teeth in place.