What Are Invisalign Braces and How Are They Used?

Invisalign braces are an excellent option for those who want to straighten their teeth without the hassle of traditional metal braces. They are comfortable, discreet, and easy to maintain, making them an ideal choice for adults looking for a more convenient orthodontic treatment.

Quick Summary

  • Invisalign braces are a great option for those looking to straighten their teeth without the hassle of traditional metal braces.
  • Invisalign is made from a clear, comfortable plastic material that is virtually invisible when worn and can be used to correct a variety of orthodontic issues.
  • Invisalign treatment typically takes between 6 and 18 months and can cost between $3,000 and $8,000.

What are Invisalign Clear Aligners?

Invisalign clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment that uses custom-made, removable plastic trays that gradually move your teeth into the desired position. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are made from a transparent plastic material that is strong but virtually invisible when worn. The aligners are designed to fit snugly over the teeth and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing.

Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced with the next one in the series. As the patient wears each aligner, it applies gentle pressure to move the teeth into their new position. The entire process usually takes between 6 and 18 months, depending on the severity of the case.

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces: What’s the Difference?

Invisalign and traditional braces are both effective orthodontic treatment methods, but there are some key differences between the two. Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to move teeth into the desired position, while Invisalign uses the clear plastic aligners.

Traditional braces require regular visits to the orthodontist for adjustments, while Invisalign aligners can be changed at home. Invisalign also provides a more discreet appearance than traditional braces, making it a great option for those who want to straighten their teeth without drawing attention to their orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign is suitable for patients with mild to moderate misalignment, crowding, or spacing issues. However, it is not recommended for those with severe orthodontic problems, as traditional braces may be more effective in these cases.

Benefits of Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign treatment offers several benefits over traditional braces:

  • The aligners are comfortable and discreet, making them ideal for those who want to straighten their teeth without drawing attention to their orthodontic treatment.
  • Invisalign requires fewer visits to the orthodontist than traditional braces, as the aligners can be changed at home.
  • Invisalign braces decrease the likelihood of gum infection or dental decay, resulting in better oral health.
  • Invisalign is more hygienic than traditional braces, as the aligners can be removed when practicing daily oral hygiene.
  • Since Invisalign aligners are removable, they allow you to eat your favorite hard or sticky foods. No food restrictions at all, unlike braces.
  • Invisalign treatment is usually faster than traditional braces, with most cases taking between 6 and 18 months to complete.

The Invisalign Process

Step 1: Initial Consultation

The first step in the Invisalign process is an initial consultation with an orthodontist. The orthodontist will assess your teeth during this appointment and discuss your treatment goals. They will then create a personalized treatment plan that outlines the steps needed to achieve your desired results.

Step 2: X-rays and Photographs

The orthodontist will then take x-rays and photographs of your teeth to create a 3D model of your mouth. This model is used to design the custom-made aligners that will be used in your treatment.

Step 3: Receiving Your Aligners

Once the aligners are ready, you’ll have another visit to pick up your aligners, ensure the first tray fits well, and get instructions on how to wear them. The aligners should be worn for at least 22 hours a day, and they should be changed every two weeks.

Step 4: Regular Check-Ups

You will need to visit the orthodontist for regular check-ups throughout your treatment. During these appointments, the orthodontist will assess your progress and make any necessary adjustments to the aligners.

Step 5: Retention

Once your teeth have been moved into the desired position, you must wear a retainer to keep them in place. Retainers are usually worn at night and can be either fixed or removable.

Cleaning Your Invisalign Braces

To keep your aligners clean and free from bacteria, make sure you do the following:

  • Rinse your aligners with lukewarm water after each use.
  • Clean your aligners with a soft toothbrush and a mild liquid soap to remove any plaque or food particles.
  • Avoid using abrasive toothpaste or hot water when cleaning the aligners, as this can damage the aligners.
  • Store your aligners in their case when not in use.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Invisalign do?

Invisalign applies gentle pressure to the teeth, encouraging them to move into the desired position.

What does Invisalign look like?

Invisalign braces look similar to teeth-whitening trays. They do not have any metal wires like traditional braces, making them much less noticeable.

What is Invisalign used for?

Invisalign braces can correct various orthodontic issues, including overcrowding, gaps between teeth, crooked teeth, and other bite issues.

Am I guaranteed to have straight teeth with Invisalign treatment?

As long as you follow your orthodontist’s instructions and wear your aligner trays for the recommended amount of time each day, you will achieve the results discussed in your initial consultation.

What is Invisalign made of?

The aligners are made from a smooth, thermoplastic material that is virtually invisible when worn.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

The treatment typically takes between 6 and 18 months, depending on the severity of the case.

How much does Invisalign treatment cost?

The cost of treatment for Invisalign varies depending on the case’s complexity and the treatment length. In general, it costs between $3,000 and $8,000.

Start Your Smile Transformation with Artesa Dental

We understand how important it is to have a beautiful and healthy smile. That’s why our experienced team of orthodontists are here to provide you with the personalized care and attention you need to feel comfortable and confident in your treatment plan. We use the latest technology to ensure that your Invisalign braces are custom-made for your unique needs and goals. Contact us today to learn more about how Invisalign can help you achieve the smile of your dreams!

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About Dr. Amanda Backstrom

Dr. Backstrom was born and raised in Georgia and graduated magna cum laude with a BS degree in Biology from the University of Georgia in 2002. She earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine from Tufts University in Boston in 2007.

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