Invisalign

Invisalign is an aligner that is custom to fit to your mouth. It is used as a treatment for aligning and moving teeth to reach an optimal smile. It is typically created from an impression of your teeth. That impression is then taken and computer generated to build your aligner. Aligners are nearly invisible, making them a great option for any age.

Generally speaking, Invisalign can be utilized to correct oral problems such as mild bite issues, teeth crowding and gaps in teeth. Invisalign precisely corrects these issues while allowing you to live your life comfortably and to the fullest. Throughout the process, minimal visits to the dentist are needed.

Treatment Plan

The treatment process for Invisalign begins with an exam, including X-rays. After this, an impression will be built and a computer generated model will be designed. This model is then sent to a laboratory where your custom aligners are built.

By having this model computer generated, you will be able to view how the process will progress over time as your teeth align.

After your aligners are done being constructed, you will set up an appointment to come in to ensure the fit is correct and to see if any adjustments will be needed. Once it is confirmed they are fitted correctly, you will begin wearing your Invisalign every day. You can remove them when you brush your teeth, floss and eat. The aligners likely will feel tight on your teeth when you first get them, but over time they will loosen.

Appointments will be set for you to come back into the office every two months or so. During these appointments, it will be determined if adjustments are needed.

Maintenance

Just like your teeth, your Invisalign aligners need to be cleaned. Try to establish a routine of cleaning them every time you brush your teeth.

For a quick clean, simply hold them under tap water, rinse and examine them for stains or buildup. Invisalign also comes equipped with a special cleaning process that includes “cleaning crystals.” Essentially, you can mix the crystals with a solution and place the aligners in it. Leave them to soak for 15 minutes or so and remove them and rinse with water. It is also advised to use a toothbrush to scrub them after this process.

Your orthodontist also will inspect your aligners during your appointments to check on how they are holding up.