What is Invisalign?
Gaps between the teeth, crooked teeth, and other cosmetic dental imperfections can make you hesitant to show your smile. When severe enough, these issues could also cause problems eating or biting down. For some, correcting these issues with traditional braces does not sound appealing. Invisalign, sometimes referred to as “clear braces”, is a popular orthodontic option that gives you the ability to straighten your teeth with less metal than traditional braces require. Invisalign clear retainers can address the following dental concerns:
Does Invisalign fix gaps?
Yes. Invisalign braces can fix gaps between the teeth and other cosmetic imperfections in the smile. However, if you have very large gaps, you may need a different kind of orthodontic treatment. The best way to find out whether you’re a good candidate for Invisalign is to visit one of our office locations for an in-office Invisalign consultation. There, we can determine whether Invisalign is right for you, which Invisalign treatment would serve you best, what your Invisalign goals are, and the exact timeframe it will take you to reach your perfect smile.
How long does it take to get straight teeth with Invisalign?
For most Invisalign patients, teeth straightening can be completed in about 1 year. However, this can vary widely from person to person. If you are looking to correct a minor cosmetic concern, your Invisalign treatment might be completed more quickly. For some, another treatment called Invisalign Express might be an option. Speak with your dentist for a more accurate time frame to expect. We can look more closely at your teeth during a short visit to one of our locations, and give you specific orthodontic recommendations and more information about Invisalign with your unique smile and cosmetic goals in mind.
Can I speed up my Invisalign treatment?
An alternative to traditional Invisalign, called Invisalign Express, is also available for those who only require minor changes to their smile. People who qualify for Invisalign express usually require a small amount of movement (1-3 teeth). Sometimes, people who recently had traditional braces or traditional Invisalign retainers will experience tooth shifting after braces are removed. These people may also be good candidates for Invisalign express because they require only minor alterations to the placement of their teeth. How Painful is Invisalign? Unfortunately, like traditional braces, Invisalign aligners do cause some tenderness and soreness in your mouth. This is because you are moving the teeth around from their original positions. Most people feel that the pain associated with Invisalign braces is the worst when changing to a new retainer, as it will feel tight for the first few days. After your teeth have adjusted some, the discomfort should subside significantly. If you are worried about Invisalign teeth pain and want to learn more about the benefits and potential pain they could cause you, reach out to one of our knowledgeable staff members.
How often should you clean your Invisalign?
When using Invisalign braces, it’s recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss them at least once daily. Make sure to also properly clean your aligners every time you remove them from your mouth. It’s a great practice to clean the aligners each time you are brushing your teeth and rinse the aligners with water each time you remove them from your mouth. If you forget to clean your aligners, you could end up with foggy or dirty-looking teeth–not to mention bad breath–no matter how well you are brushing your teeth, flossing, and using mouthwash.