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Not everyone interested in straightening their smile is a fan of the “metal mouth” look that traditional braces create. Because of this, our Washington, MI, cosmetic dentist offers Invisalign® to patients who want a more low-key approach to orthodontics.
Here are the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign clear aligners.
What Does Invisalign Treatment Involve?
Invisalign can be described as virtually invisible aligners designed to gradually straighten teeth and adjust a patient’s bite over time. This alternative to traditional metal braces is perfect for individuals looking for straight, healthy teeth without the hassle of metal wires or brackets.
Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?
Teens and adults are eligible for and welcome to try Invisalign unless their particular dental situation requires extensive orthodontic treatment. Dr. Lesinski will perform a quick oral examination to confirm your candidacy before aligner production can begin.
How Long Is Treatment?
Treatment length varies per individual but on average, desired results can be accomplished in 12 months or less. Each set of aligners must be worn for a few weeks. After that time has passed, you’ll proceed to the next set of aligners in the series and continue this process until Dr. Lesinski sees that your teeth have reached ideal alignment.
Compared to Traditional Braces, How Does Invisalign Work?
Despite their clear appearance, Invisalign aligners operate much like metal braces. The top and bottom aligners fit right over your teeth and carefully apply controlled force to ensure they are moved into a better position. However, no noticeable wires or brackets are needed.
How Much Do I Have to Wear Every Set of My Aligners?
You should wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day. They are removable but should only be taken out when eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing. If instructions are not followed or aligners are not worn for long enough, corrections may be necessary which will delay progress.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
As a treatment option, Invisalign has multiple unique benefits when compared to metal braces. Some of those include:
- The clear aligners are subtle and nearly invisible to family, friends, and co-workers.
- You can remove your aligners to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
- Freedom to enjoy an unrestricted diet; no need to avoid sticky or chewy foods.
- Easier to practice oral hygiene thanks to their removable nature.
How Do I Keep My Clear Aligners Clean and Safe?
Just like your natural teeth, your clear aligners should be cleaned at least twice daily to ensure they do not stain or accumulate bacteria. It is also encouraged that you run the aligners under lukewarm water every time you take them out. Many patients find it easiest to clean them at the same time they brush their teeth.
It’s best to clean your clear aligners by:
- Rinsing them with water (never hot)
- Gently brushing them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste
- Thoroughly rinsing them after brushing is done
- Storing the aligners in a protective case whenever not in use
Is There Anything I Need to Do After Invisalign Treatment?
To maintain the ideal alignment of your teeth and prevent any unwanted shifting, our dentist will give you a custom retainer to use. This is the retention phase of your treatment and while it may seem annoying, it’s a necessary part of keeping the smile you and Dr. Lesinski have worked hard to create.
Say Hello to a New Smile
Clear aligners can give you the smile you’ve always wanted without the metal wires or brackets. Ask our Invisalign dentist in Washington, MI, today about getting started with the aligner process and what treatment will look like for you. Call Washington Family Dental today at (586) 752-4545 or contact us online.
This blog post has been updated.