At face value, Invisalign aligners look so different from traditional braces that it can be difficult to believe they accomplish the same goals. While traditional braces use metal wires and brackets and Invisalign clear aligners are smooth, transparent aligners, both can straighten your teeth and improve your smile!
So how do Invisalign invisible aligners work? How do they compare to traditional braces? Talking to your dentist during a consultation is the best way to receive the most detailed answers to your questions.
We have also included answers to some of the most common questions about clear aligners and the Invisalign process below.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Instead of guiding your teeth into place with wires or bands, Invisalign treatment uses transparent aligners to perform the same function.
Your Invisalign aligners can:
- Gradually adjust your teeth so that you won’t feel any pain.
- Provide results in 12–18 months.
- Use a series of aligners rather than bands, brackets, and wires.
Each Invisalign aligner is designed specifically for you. Wear your aligners for the recommended time so your treatment isn’t delayed.
The Invisalign Aligners Process
When your Invisalign treatment starts, you’ll be given an initial set of aligner trays. Your top and bottom aligners fit closely against your teeth while moving them into new positions.
Keep in mind that Invisalign treatment time varies from patient to patient. Your dentist will let you know how long you’ll be wearing this first set of Invisalign aligners. Once you’ve finished with your first set of clear aligners, you’ll transition to the next, and so on.
Each successive set of aligners continues the work where the previous set of aligners left off. Your Invisalign treatment is custom made just for you to ensure optimal results and a fabulous new smile!
How Can I Improve My Invisalign Process?
Even though Invisalign aligners are comfortable and unobtrusive, we understand that it’s much more convenient to finish your Invisalign process quickly. You most likely want to straighten your smile sooner rather than later.
For the most part, the Invisalign process shouldn’t be rushed. Plan on wearing each aligner for the length of time your dentist prescribes for you in order to get the best possible results. We work with you to ensure your treatment process is as timely and comfortable as possible.
Wear Your Invisalign Aligners as Often as Possible
The best way to keep your Invisalign process and plan on schedule is by wearing your aligners as often as possible.
You can remove your Invisalign aligners periodically to:
- Brush and floss.
- Play sports.
Remember to put your aligners back in as soon as you’ve finished eating, brushing, or flossing. This can help you stay on schedule and keep you from wearing your Invisalign aligners longer than necessary.
Don’t Forget Your Dental Hygiene
One of the benefits of Invisalign aligners is that they are easy to remove, which makes it easy to brush and floss your teeth just like you normally would. Staying on top of your good dental habits can keep your mouth healthy. Invisalign clear aligners will straighten your teeth, but keeping your teeth clean and cavity-free is up to you!
A Straight and Beautiful Smile with Invisalign Clear Aligners
By keeping your teeth healthy, you’ll be much less likely to experience dental pain during your Invisalign process. You can enjoy your new smile without worrying about cavities or plaque.
You should also keep the Invisalign aligners clean. By regularly brushing, rinsing, and cleaning your aligners, you’ll cut back on the risk of plaque and germs from your Invisalign aligner trays. Leaving food on your aligners can promote bacteria growth, which negatively affects your teeth.
Invisalign Clear Aligners Provide a Comfortable and Effective Tooth-Straightening Experience
If you’re still curious about how Invisalign aligners work, contact us! We look forward to answering your questions and helping you get the smile you’ve been waiting for. We can also show you examples of successful Invisalign treatments when you come to our office.