How Does Invisalign Work: The Complete Guide
Do you dream of having straighter teeth but don’t want to wear traditional braces?
You’re not alone if you’re unhappy with your crooked or misaligned teeth.
Many people are self-conscious about their smile, but traditional braces may not be attractive.
That’s where Invisalign comes in. Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces that uses clear, removable aligners to shift your teeth into place gradually.
This article will examine how Invisalign works and why it is the right option for you.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a teeth straightening system that uses clear, removable aligners to shift your teeth into place gradually.
Each set of aligners is custom-made for your mouth and is worn for approximately two weeks before being replaced by the next set in the series.
Over time, your teeth will gradually move into their desired positions.
How does Invisalign work?
The Invisalign process starts with a consultation with Dr. Olson. He will take x-rays, pictures, and teeth impressions to create a 3D image of your mouth.
He will create a treatment plan from this image showing how your teeth will move during each stage.
Once your treatment plan is finalized, a series of custom-made aligners will be created for you.
You will wear each set of aligners for approximately two weeks before moving on to the next set in the series.
Each set of aligners will gradually shift your teeth into place until they are in their final positions.
The length of your Invisalign treatment will depend on the severity of your case. On average, treatment takes about 12-18 months, but some patients may require more or less time.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
There are many benefits to choosing Invisalign over traditional braces. Some of the most significant benefits include the following:
Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, making them a great option for people who are self-conscious about wearing braces. You can straighten your teeth without anyone even knowing.
Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can take them out to eat, drink, brush, and floss. This makes it much easier to maintain good oral hygiene during your treatment.
Invisalign aligners are made from a smooth, comfortable plastic material that won’t irritate your gums or cheeks as traditional braces can.
Because each set of aligners is custom-made for your mouth, the results are highly predictable. You’ll know exactly what to expect throughout your treatment process.
Ready to straighten your teeth with Invisalign? Call Dr. Olson today.
Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is a great option for many people, but it may only be right for some. You may be a good candidate for Invisalign if:
- You have mild to moderate crowding or spacing issues
- You have an overbite, underbite, or crossbite
- You are willing to wear the aligners as directed for the duration of your treatment
- You are committed to maintaining good oral hygiene during your treatment
Are there any downsides to Invisalign?
While there are many benefits to choosing Invisalign, there are also some downsides. These include:
Invisalign can be more expensive than traditional braces.
You must be disciplined about wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours a day to achieve optimal results.
Adjusting to new aligners
Some people may experience discomfort or soreness when they first start wearing a new set of aligners.
Invisalign vs. traditional braces
While both Invisalign and traditional braces can effectively straighten teeth, the two treatments have some key differences.
One of the biggest differences between Invisalign and traditional braces is their appearance. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, while traditional braces are made from metal brackets and wires visible when you smile.
Invisalign aligners are made from a smooth, comfortable plastic material that won’t irritate your gums or cheeks as traditional braces can. However, some people may experience discomfort or soreness when they first start wearing a new set of aligners.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is easier with Invisalign than traditional braces, as the aligners are removable, making it easier to brush and floss.
The treatment time can vary depending on the severity of the case, but on average, Invisalign treatment takes about 12-18 months, while traditional braces can take up to two years or longer.
Invisalign can be more expensive than traditional braces, but the cost will depend on your case’s severity and the treatment length.
Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces that uses clear, removable aligners to shift your teeth into place gradually.
With many benefits, such as discreet appearance, comfortable fit, and predictable results, Invisalign may be the right option if you have mild to moderate crowding or spacing issues.
However, it’s important to consider the downsides, such as the cost and the need for discipline when wearing the aligners.
Schedule an Invisalign consultation with Dr. Olson today.
Bradley Olson DDS is located in Waldorf, MD, and serves neighboring communities, including La Plata, Mechanicsville, White Plains, Hughesville, Charlotte Hall, and Accokeek, MD.