Are you planning on using Invisalign clear aligners for your orthodontic treatment? In this blog, our Richmond Hill dentists explain what you can expect before, during, and after your treatment.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of custom-made clear aligners that can help straighten your teeth without using traditional wire and metal braces.
Generally, patients need to wear each set of aligners for approximately two weeks before changing to the next one in the series. As you wear your aligners they will gradually make tiny adjustments to your teeth.
Your dentist will assess your individual requirements and determine how long your treatment will be. You are able to remove your custom-made aligners during your treatment to brush, floss, eat, and drink. Below we have listed 5 ways Invisalign will change your smile throughout your treatment:
Enhanced Cleanliness During & After Treatment
Because Invisalign trays are removable, you can remove the trays when you are ready to brush and floss. You'll be able to ensure you brush and floss all your teeth thoroughly during treatment.
Your Invisalign clear aligners can also be cleaned - just rinse them or clean them with the Invisalign cleaning crystals. This will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums while your teeth are straightened.
A Straighter Smile
Prior to the start of your treatment, your smile could be misaligned, crooked, or gapped. Invisalign may be able to help any of these - individually or in combination.
The results you get from your treatment will depend on your specific treatment plan, however, if you stick to your prescribed treatment plan you can expect to see a straighter smile when you look in the mirror once your time with Invisalign is over.
Gaps between your teeth may also be reduced, and your bite may also improve. Regardless of the issues that were treated, you’ll likely find that you enjoy sharing your new, straighter smile with everyone you meet.
Improved Dental Health
If you properly wear your clear aligners and only take them out when you need to eat, drink, or clean your teeth, each of your teeth will get the right amount of pressure for the needed amount of time. The number of aligners you have to wear will be based on the severity of your misalignment. In the long term, you will be able to benefit from healthier gums and better dental health, thanks to your straighter teeth.
No More Crowded or Misaligned Teeth
Misaligned or crowded teeth can impact the physical appearance of your smile and contribute to poor oral health. Misalignments can be improved with Invisalign. The key to success is in sticking to the custom treatment plan your dentist will develop for you.
Instead of moving all of your teeth at once, each phase of your treatment focuses on a few of your teeth at a time. It’s important that you follow the plan your dentist prescribes and wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day, no matter which issue is being treated. After a successful treatment process, your crowded or misaligned teeth should be straight, and you'll be able to reveal a straighter smile.
Increased Comfort Level
Since your Invisalign clear aligners will be made from smooth plastic, you might find them fairly comfortable to wear. In addition to this, thanks to the transparent plastic, the casual observer will be hard-pressed to see them as they discreetly straighten your teeth.