Our Lethbridge dentists describe what you can expect before, during and after Invisalign treatment, and how Invisalign can help you achieve a straighter smile.
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.
Typically, you’ll wear each set of aligners for about two weeks before switching to the next set in the series. During that time, the aligners will make gradual, tiny adjustments to your teeth.
Your dentist will assess your unique requirements and determine the length of your treatment plan. During your treatment, you can remove your custom aligners to drink, eat, brush, and floss. Here are five ways in which your smile will evolve during treatment:
Improved 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.
You can also clean your Invisalign clear aligners by rinsing them or using the Invisalign cleaning crystals. This will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums during your orthodontic treatment.
Before you begin your treatment, your teeth may be gapped, crooked or misaligned. Invisalign can help treat any of these issues - individually or in combination.
Your results will vary based on your specific treatment plan, but in general, as long as you adhere to the prescribed treatment plan, you can expect to see straighter teeth after undergoing Invisalign treatment.
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.
Better Dental Health
If you wear your Invisalign aligners properly and only remove them to eat, drink, or brush your teeth, each of your teeth will be subjected to the ideal amount of pressure for the optimal amount of time. Your total number of aligners will depend on the severity of your misalignment. Straighter teeth will result in improved dental health and healthier gums over time.
No More Crowded or Misaligned Teeth
Misaligned or crowded teeth can impact the physical appearance 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 simultaneously, each phase of your treatment focuses on a select number of teeth. Regardless of the issue being treated, it is crucial that you adhere to the plan prescribed by your dentist and wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours daily. After a successful course of treatment, your crowded or misaligned teeth should be straightened, and you'll be able to flash a more esthetic smile.
Increased Comfort Level
Due to the fact that Invisalign aligners are made from smooth plastic, they can be quite comfortable to wear. In addition, the transparent plastic makes it difficult for a casual observer to see them as they discreetly align your teeth.