Your smile is part of who you are, and a great smile can show everyone your personality. But it can be frustrating if you don’t have the smile you want. There are lots of ways you can straighten your crooked teeth, and Invisalign is one way that gives you the results you want without drawing attention to the changes you’re making while they’re happening. Whether you’ve never had braces or your teeth aren’t as straight as they were after traditional metal braces, Invisalign may be the solution for you.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign braces are an alternative to traditional metal braces that move crooked teeth into position using clear aligners that fit over your teeth. The aligners, which are matched to your teeth, are virtually invisible when worn so you don’t have the stigma of braces. This is especially beneficial for adults who want to straighten their teeth without metal braces taking the focus from their smiles or what they’re saying. You’ll be able to get the smile you want, and no one will know that you’re straightening your teeth while you do it.
In addition, the clear braces are easier to manage, since they can be removed for eating or brushing. Without the wires and rubber bands, you are more likely to keep your teeth cleaner while they’re straightening than you would with traditional metal braces. That means you can have better oral hygiene as well as a beautiful smile!
Understanding how Invisalign works can help you understand why it may be a good solution for you straighten your teeth.
How Invisalign Works
Once you decide to use Invisalign for your orthodontic needs, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. Using the impressions, the dentist creates a treatment plan using a 3D model of your teeth and how each tooth needs to be moved to achieve your results. These impressions will also be used to make the clear aligners at each stage of the process. Each aligner shifts your teeth a few at a time over the course of approximately one year, depending on your needs. You will wear the aligners as much as possible each day so they can do their work, and you will get a new set of aligners every two weeks. Throughout the process, you will have appointments with your dentist, much as you would with traditional metal braces. These appointments will give the dentist an opportunity to make sure that your teeth are shifting as expected and, if needed, make any alterations to the treatment plan. Once you get through all your aligners, your teeth should be in better shape and you’ll have hit your goal.
Considerations for Invisalign
If you are considering Invisalign braces to get the smile you’ve always wanted, there are a few things to consider. This information can help you decide whether you want to know more about Invisalign braces.
Not everyone is a candidate for clear braces. Invisalign works best for people who will be making minor changes because of the way the aligners work. If you have more complex needs, you may need a treatment plan that accommodates those needs, such as traditional metal braces. Consulting with your dentist can help determine if clear braces is a good solution for your smile needs.
You may need refinement aligners. Once you’re finished with the primary aligners, you may still have some stubborn teeth that didn’t move all the way. Refinement aligners are a way to address that problem so that you can get the results you want. This doesn’t mean that the aligners failed. It just means you need a few more adjustments once you’ve been through all your aligners.
Oral hygiene is essential. Because the aligners cover your teeth, any food particles that are on your teeth will stay there. Brushing your teeth carefully multiple times a day will help keep them in better condition so that your smile is exactly what you want when you’re finished with the process.
Invisalign can be a good way to get the beautiful straight smile you’ve always wanted without going through the frustration and pain of traditional metal braces. With the custom-made aligners, you’ll get a treatment plan that moves your teeth exactly where they need to be for your smile, and you’ll be the only one who knows you have braces.
If you are considering Invisalign braces, it’s a good idea to meet with a dentist to determine how it will work for you. For anyone living in the Camden, Downtown Charleston, James Island, or Summerville area, we would be happy to answer your questions and get started with your journey to a beautiful, straight smile with Invisalign braces.
Frequently Asked Braces Questions
A. No! Instead of going in to have braces tightened, you’ll use new trays that will keep shifting your teeth bit by bit. That makes the whole process easier and you don’t have the pain of tightening traditional metal braces regularly.
A. Yes. Invisalign can be used by kids and adults for an easy way to straighten your smile without the frustration and pain of traditional metal braces.
A. Invisalign trays shift your teeth a few at a time to make sure they are put in place properly.
A. Yes. Retainers are used to help keep your teeth in the new position.