Posted on September 15, 2023
Did your orthodontist just tell you that you need Invisalign treatment for your teeth? First of all, this isn’t something you should be afraid of because Invisalign is one of the best and most popular ways of managing orthodontic health issues. Secondly, this treatment method is simple and doesn’t require a lot of difficult maintenance from you. Here’s what you need to know about this care and its unique method for correcting your teeth.
Invisalign braces are clear retainer-like braces that fit over your teeth and match your current impression. However, they’re designed to put constant, but subtle, pressure on your teeth to carefully change their alignment. The pressure shouldn’t be noticeable during your treatment and your braces will be basically invisible to the eye, reducing anxiety about this care option.
Just like with metal braces, Invisalign treatment should correct your teeth’s alignment and minimize any crookedness. The fact that they’re a retainer can be misleading because some people may feel they can take them off. However, according to the creators of Invisalign, people going through treatment should wear them between 20-22 hours daily to get the best results for their teeth.
The cool thing about Invisalign is that it follows techniques pretty similar to your standard orthodontic care. First, you’ll get a scan during your initial consultation that includes x-raying your jaws and getting a look at your teeth. The orthodontist will then take various impressions of your teeth to create customized plastic trays that help create your Invisalign care.
At your next appointment, your orthodontist will have your trays or aligners and will instruct you how to use them. As mentioned previously, you’ll wear them a vast majority of the day and should only take them infrequently. During follow-up appointments, they’ll make sure that your teeth are moving in the right direction and provide post-treatment care, if necessary.
By better understanding Invisalign treatment you make it easier for you to make a smart care decision about your teeth and keep them stronger for years to come. Just as importantly, you can talk with your children if they need Invisalign braces for their teeth. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in learning even more about this care option. Our team will work with you to ensure that you get the high-quality support that you need.