What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you, to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor. Over the course of treatment, you will be supplied with a series of aligners. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to tooth position, a process that is mapped out in advance by your doctor, specifically for your situation. When the aligners are placed on the teeth, they cause the teeth to gradually shift from their current position. After approximately two weeks, you will begin using the next set of aligners, which will continue the teeth straightening process.

What Are the Primary Benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. No one may even notice that you’re wearing them, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle. Invisalign aligners are removable. For the best results and a timely outcome, aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day. However, unlike with braces, you have the flexibility to remove your aligners to eat and drink what you want during treatment. And you can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would, for fresh breath and good oral hygiene. There are no metal brackets or wires that could cause irritation to your mouth, an advantage over traditional braces.

Can I Go To Any Dentist To Be Treated With Invisalign?

All dentists interested in treating patients with Invisalign must attend and complete specialized instructional sessions to become trained Invisalign Providers. In addition, doctors must regularly submit treatment results for review and complete ongoing clinical training classes to earn the designation “Preferred Provider.”Those labeled Elite Preferred Provider, like Dr Sandra Tai, have the highest level of case experience.

How Often Must I Wear My Aligners?

We find that aligners are most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and removed only for eating, brushing and flossing.

Do Braces Hurt?

Most people have some discomfort after their braces are first put on or when adjusted during treatment. After the braces are placed, teeth may become sore and may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. The orthodontist may advise you to take pain relievers, such as Tylenol or Advil. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You will be given wax to place over the parts of the braces that rub against your cheek.

One Of My Aligners Is Cracked What Should I Do?

Please contact our office. A cracked aligner will not be able to provide the necessary amount of pressure for proper tooth movement, so the aligner will need to be replaced. You should act on this as soon as possible so as not to cause your teeth to shift back into their old position while a replacement aligner is created for you. If you have worn the current aligner for at least one week, then the doctor may recommend that you move up to the next aligner in sequence.