Braces are an effective, time-tested technology for correcting the position of teeth. Traditional braces, though, leave you with a mouth full of brackets and wires, and some patients dislike this appearance. Fortunately, there’s a great option available for invisible, non-intrusive braces: Invisalign, a method of realigning your teeth without the hassle of metal braces.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of clear plastic aligners that gradually straighten your teeth without the need for metal brackets and wires. Some patients find that the metal in traditional braces irritates their gums, while Invisalign is a clean, comfortable fit. The aligners are removable, which makes eating and speaking easier. Younger patients find it difficult to maintain oral hygiene with braces, since it requires more brushing effort to work around the brackets. Invisalign may be a better option since it facilitates easier cleaning.
What is the Invisalign treatment process?
The first step is to manufacture your series of aligners. Dr. Chick conducts this process with a sophisticated array of 3D computer imaging, which enables her to better customize the aligners to the shape of your teeth. Unlike with braces, there is no lengthy procedure needed to install the hardware. You simply slip on the first aligner.
Each set of aligners should be worn for about two weeks. Make sure that you wear them constantly, removing them only to brush, floss, eat, and drink. If you do not wear your aligners consistently, your treatment will take longer. Visit our office about every six weeks so Dr. Chick can check on the progress of your treatment, and to pick up the next aligners in the series.
Gradually, your teeth will move to the final position that Dr. Chick has determined. On average, Invisalign treatment takes nine to fifteen months, and you will wear an average of eighteen to thirty different aligners, though these numbers will vary depending on your individual case.
How do I take care of my teeth after Invisalign?
Though Invisalign resembles certain types of retainers, keep in mind that Invisalign actually functions as a set of braces. After Invisalign, you will need to wear a retainer the same way that you do with traditional braces. Just as with your aligners, make sure to wear your retainer consistently or your teeth will shift back out of position.
If you or your child need orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is a great option. Call The Dentist at Framingham today to start the Invisalign process and experience incredible results!
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