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Invisalign clear aligners are a series of custom-shaped trays that fit over your teeth to reposition them gradually over time. With Invisalign, you can conveniently remove your aligners whenever you need to eat or brush your teeth but wear them for at least 20-22 hours daily for optimal results. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move slowly until they have straightened into their final position. You will visit us at Smiles by Design, every six weeks to ensure your treatment is progressing. Total treatment time varies widely among patients and depends on factors including age, lifestyle habits, how minor or severe your case is, and your commitment to keeping your appointments and wearing your aligners as prescribed.
To straighten your teeth, your orthodontist will create a series of custom aligners that fit snugly over your teeth and gradually move them. You wear each aligner for about two weeks to gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. The plastic is durable, so you don’t have to worry about the aligners breaking or bending.
One unique feature of Invisalign is that the aligners are virtually invisible. You won’t have to feel self-conscious about the appearance of braces on your teeth during treatment. Plus, because the aligners are removable, you can usually continue to eat all your favorite foods and clean your teeth. You can also take the aligners out when you brush and floss your teeth to maintain healthy gums and teeth. Once treatment is complete, you will keep your aligners as retainers. This will ensure that your teeth stay straight over time.
Good candidates for Invisalign would be people who are otherwise perfectly healthy, with only minor cosmetic issues they want to fix. Invisalign is not very good at treating major orthodontic problems or patients who suffer from chronic oral infections. In these cases, traditional braces may be a better solution. However, if the problem you’re looking to treat is relatively minor and you don’t want to wear metal brackets on your teeth for a long time, then Invisalign could be a great option.
Another significant benefit of choosing Invisalign is that you won't have to worry about dietary restrictions like gum or sticky candies that can damage your braces. Because the aligners are removable, you can take them out at mealtimes while brushing or flossing. This allows you to continue eating your favorite meals and snacks throughout the straightening process.