Invisalign® Clear Aligners have become a standard part of orthodontic treatment. Since their introduction, they have discretely provided a simple, convenient method of addressing malocclusion. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is a nearly invisible treatment choice. No need to alter your diet since they can be removed for up to two hours daily. This also makes cleaning and upkeep of your smile and the Invisalign appliance easier.
Did you know…
wearing Invisalign® is in no way as restrictive as traditional braces? Many adults opt for this system not only because it is discreet, but also because there is no need to change your diet to avoid foods that could damage braces. This is because the Invisalign® system is free of braces and brackets, instead opting for a removable tray that can be taken out prior to meals. Also, Invisalign® fits well into busy adult schedules, as there is no need to attend frequent visits for wire tightening. Most patients simply change to a new aligner tray every couple of weeks.
Understanding The Invisalign Difference At Dentistry Done Right
Invisalign Clear Aligners are a popular solution for patients of almost any age. However, while they are removable, consistent wear is important for achieving the best results. This means that patients who receive this appliance must be able to commit to removing them no more than 2 hours a day. An inability to do this indicates that they may not be an appropriate option for that patient. The Invisalign treatment process has proven effective for multiple orthodontic concerns. These include:
- Gapped Teeth – While many patients express concern about the aesthetic issues attached to gapped teeth, there are other concerns. Among them is the risk of neighboring teeth moving out of position and into the gap.
- Over/Underbites – Invisalign can address concerns involving overbite and underbite.
- Overcrowding – When there is insufficient room for all the teeth in the mouth, overcrowding is a potential risk. Invisalign can often address this concern by moving the teeth into their proper positions.
- Crossbites – A crossbite is when the upper and lower dental arches do not meet correctly on the horizontal plane. This means the teeth are offset to the left and/or right rather than the biting surfaces meeting when the mouth is closed.
- Open Bites – Open bites occur when your upper and lower arch of teeth don’t touch when the mouth is closed.
The first stage of getting Invisalign is arranging a consultation with Dr. Rhee. During your consultation, your oral health will be assessed, and the suitability of Invisalign for your concerns. This will involve a full dental exam, followed by a digital scan of your oral cavity. This scan may be used to create a digital impression that will be used to design your Invisalign Clear Aligner. The impression will be sent to Invisalign, which will manufacture a personalized set of aligners to achieve your goal. These may be sent to your home or clinic for future pickup.
Caring for your Invisalign Clear Aligners is made easier by being able to remove them. Every day you’ll remove your aligner to brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash. Then you can gently rinse the aligner to clear away any debris. You’ll wear each clear aligner over a set period and then move on to the next aligner in your set. You’ll have the smile you’ve always wanted when you’ve completed the treatment. You’ll go on to wear a retainer tray to ensure you keep that beautiful smile forever.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for Invisalign®?
If you have crooked or crowded teeth that are embarrassing to you or otherwise preventing you from achieving optimal oral health, Invisalign® could be the solution for you. Visit your Invisalign® dentist for a complete consultation to find out if you could benefit from clear orthodontics.
What should I expect during my Invisalign® treatment?
You will wear your aligners nearly all of the time, with the exception of about two hours per day. Invisalign® treatments are different for everyone, but most patients can achieve their ideal smiles within one to two years. During that time, you can expect to make occasional dental visits to monitor your progress.
Will I need any post-treatment care?
Following your treatment, you will no longer need to wear Invisalign® trays. However, you will need to wear a retainer each day to help protect your new smile. It is also important to continue visiting your dentist for routine check-ups and twice-yearly cleaning.
Discover If Invisalign Will Work For You At Dentistry Done Right
Contact us in Corona, CA, today if you’ve been struggling with orthodontic concerns. We’ll arrange a consultation appointment with Dr. Rhee. Together you’ll explore the options available for addressing your oral health and aesthetic concerns. You may discover that correcting the issues you’ve been struggling with is easier and more convenient than ever.