Invisalign is a teeth alignment system that uses a series of clear plastic trays to slowly shift teeth into optimal positioning. Like traditional metal braces, Invisalign places pressure on your teeth to address misalignment issues.
The Invisalign system can treat many of the same issues as metal braces. Some of the issues that Invisalign can address include:
During your initial consultation, your dentist will discuss whether Invisalign is the best option or if metal braces offer a better fit for your needs.
During your initial visit, your dentist gathers digital imaging of your teeth and bone structure. The Invisalign software uses that data to create a customized treatment plan.
Once your first sets of clear aligners arrive, you’ll return to pick them up. The aligner trays fit snugly over the surface of your teeth, and they’re virtually invisible once in place.
You wear Invisalign trays around the clock, removing them only to eat, drink, and complete your dental hygiene routine. Just give the trays a quick rinse and pop them back into place.
You’ll replace your aligner trays with a new set every couple of weeks or so. The new trays will change the pressure placed on your teeth, moving you closer to your new smile.
Just like with traditional metal braces, a degree of soreness is to be expected when you begin wearing each new set of trays. It usually just takes a day or two for any soreness to abate, and there is never any significant pain.
During your initial visit, you’ll learn your expected treatment timeline. This projection is made based on your alignment needs and how many different Invisalign trays you’ll need to wear to reach those goals.
It’s important to note that treatment timing depends on your compliance with the plan. If you leave your trays out for too long, your timeline might need to be extended. That’s one advantage of metal braces, which cannot be removed at home.
If you’re ready to explore Invisalign in more detail, call Time Square Dental Group to schedule a visit, or spend a few moments on the online booking page to find a time that fits your busy schedule.