So, you’ve just found out that your teeth need straightening, and you’re left thinking “I want straight teeth, but I don’t want braces“.
Well, you’re in luck! Because these days, there are alternatives to metal braces available to many patients.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses a series of aligner plates that are custom created specifically for your very own teeth. These plates are made out of a plastic that is practically invisible, does not attach to your teeth and gives you a whole lot more freedom to eat than traditional metal braces.
Straight Teeth with Invisalign
Even if you have heard of Invisalign, you may still have some questions regarding the process. Here’s how it works.
- Consultation: First, you will want to set up a consultation with a dentist who is experienced in Invisalign treatments. During this visit, you and your dentist will discuss the treatment, whether it’s the best option for your specific situation and how the process will work for you specifically. If you have any questions, jotting them down before the visit is a good way to make sure you don’t forget any of the important ones.
- Customizing Treatment: Next, your dentist will get x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth in order to create a custom treatment.
- Receiving Your Aligners: You will receive your custom-made clear aligners from your dentist once the order is processed. They are made of a comfortable plastic that is gentle on your gums and comfortable inside your mouth. Your dentist will help you put in the first set of aligners and make sure that everything is just as it should be.
- Wearing Your Aligners: Once you receive your new aligners, the process of straightening your teeth will begin! You will change to a new aligner every two weeks as your teeth are straightened more and more. You can remove them to eat, brush and floss your teeth. Gradually, your teeth will become realigned and the best part: most people won’t even know you’re wearing them!
Your dentist will want to see you about once every six weeks to make sure things are moving along well and progress in continually being made.