Invisalign is a tray-based teeth alignment system that provides an alternative to traditional metal braces. Treatment uses a series of clear plastic trays to place gentle pressure on teeth, slowly shifting them into improved positioning.
Your dentist gathers digital imaging using an intraoral camera when you come in for your initial consultation. A proprietary software program uses those images to create your personalized treatment plan.
Your clear plastic aligner trays are crafted to fit snugly over the surface of your teeth, creating the pressure needed to enhance and straighten your smile.
You’ll wear your clear aligner trays around the clock, removing them only to eat, drink, and complete your oral hygiene routines. Every week or so, you’ll switch to a new set of aligners.
In the first day or two after starting a new set of aligners, a degree of soreness is to be expected. That’s because the new trays are placing new pressure on your teeth, causing them to shift slightly within your bone tissue. This is similar to the sensation that occurs after getting a new wire placed in metal braces and will quickly subside.
When you initially begin Invisalign treatment, it can take some time to get used to the way your aligners feel. You’ll quickly get used to the sensation of wearing your trays, and after a while, it will feel strange when they’re not in place.
Throughout your treatment plan you’ll come in for a quick dental assessment to ensure your treatment plan is moving along well.
Your treatment plan is designed around your specific alignment needs. Some people need to spend more time in treatment than others, which is also true of traditional metal braces.
You also play a significant role in how swiftly your treatment plan moves ahead. The Invisalign aligners can only do their job while you’re wearing them. If you get into a habit of leaving them out for a significant portion of the day, your treatment timeline is going to lengthen.
When considering your orthodontic options, think about your lifestyle and how well you’ll be able to comply with a system that requires your active participation. One advantage of traditional braces is that they are affixed in place and require little effort from the wearer.
If you’d like more information about Invisalign, including a peek at what your smile could look like after treatment, call William Lessne, D.D.S. & Bilal Chaudhry D.D.S.s today to set up a visit or book online in just moments.