All There Is to Know About Invisalign®

Invisalign Dentists Near Me

Metal braces are no longer the only path you can take when it comes to straightening misaligned teeth. For instance, our Jackson, MI, Invisalign® dentists can help teen and adult patients correct their smile using custom clear aligners.

Here are the most commonly asked questions regarding Invisalign.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign consists of virtually invisible aligners that are designed to gradually straighten teeth and adjust a patient’s bite over time. This alternative to traditional metal braces is perfect for individuals looking for straight, healthy teeth without the hassle of metal wires or brackets. The trays themselves are made out of a patented flexible plastic that is created exclusively for Invisalign treatment.

Our dentists will start the Invisalign process with a consultation where we’ll take digital impressions of your teeth (no goop or mess) and map out a precise treatment plan. We’ll send the scans taken during this session to an Invisalign lab where technicians will fabricate your unique series of aligners. Once they arrive back at our Jackson, MI, dental office, you can start wearing them one set at a time!

Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?

Teens and adults are eligible for and welcome to try Invisalign unless their particular dental situation requires extensive orthodontic treatment. Our dentists will perform a quick oral examination to confirm your candidacy before aligner production can begin. If it’s determined that your bite issues or crowding is severe, we may refer you to a local orthodontist in the area for further treatment.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

Treatment length varies per individual but on average, desired results can be accomplished in 12 months or less. Each set of aligners must be worn for a few weeks. After that time has passed, you’ll proceed to the next set of aligners in the series and continue this process until you reach your last set and our dentists see that your teeth have reached ideal alignment.

Does Invisalign Work Similarly to Braces?

Despite their clear appearance, Invisalign aligners operate much like metal braces. The top and bottom aligners fit right over your teeth and carefully apply controlled force to ensure they are moved into a better position. However, no noticeable wires or brackets are needed to accomplish this.

How Often Do I Have to Wear Each Set of Aligners?

You should wear your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours a day. They are removable but should only be taken out when eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing. If instructions are not followed or aligners are not worn for long enough, corrections may be necessary which will delay progress.

What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?

As a treatment option, Invisalign has multiple unique benefits when compared to metal braces. Some of those include:

  • The clear aligners are subtle and nearly invisible to family, friends, and co-workers.
  • You can remove your aligners to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
  • Freedom to enjoy an unrestricted diet; no need to avoid sticky or chewy foods.
  • Easier to practice oral hygiene thanks to their removable nature.

How Should I Care for Clear Aligners?

Just like your natural teeth, your clear aligners should be cleaned at least twice daily to ensure they do not stain or accumulate bacteria. It is also encouraged that you run the aligners under lukewarm water every time you take them out. Many patients find it easiest to clean them at the same time they brush their teeth.

A good rule of thumb is to clean your teeth and aligners before you put them back in after eating. This is to prevent bacteria accumulation inside the trays and possible staining from different foods and drinks. We recommend carrying a travel hygiene kit around with you that includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, and your aligner case.

To clean your clear aligners:

  • Rinse them with water (never hot)
  • Gently brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste (clear scent-free soap is also fine)
  • Thoroughly rinse them after brushing is done
  • Store the aligners in a protective case whenever not in use

What Happens After My Treatment Ends?

To maintain the ideal alignment of your teeth and prevent any unwanted shifting, our dentists will give you a custom retainer to use once you’ve successfully completed each stage of aligners. This is the retention phase of your treatment and while it may seem bothersome, it’s a necessary part of keeping the smile you and our dentists have worked hard to create.

Straighten Your Teeth Without Metal

Ready to get started with your very own series of aligners? Our Invisalign dentists in Jackson, MI, are here to assess your current dental needs and discuss whether this orthodontic treatment option is right for you. Call The Dental Experience today at (517) 787-5367 to request an appointment.

This blog post has been updated.

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