Our dentists at British Columbia explain what to expect before, during, and after Invisalign treatment, as well as how Invisalign can help you achieve a straighter smile.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that are custom-made to help straighten your teeth without the use of traditional wire and metal braces.
You'll typically wear each set of aligners for two weeks before moving on to the next set in the series. During that time, your teeth will be gradually and subtly adjusted by the aligners.
Your dentist will assess your specific needs and determine the length of your treatment plan. During your treatment, you can remove your custom aligners to drink, eat, brush, and floss. Here are five ways your smile will change as a result of your treatment:
Improved Cleanliness During & After Treatment
Because Invisalign trays are removable, you can brush and floss without removing them. You'll be able to brush and floss thoroughly throughout treatment.
Additionally, your Invisalign clear aligners can be cleaned - simply rinse them or use the Invisalign cleaning crystals. This will assist you in maintaining healthy teeth and gums during the course of your orthodontic treatment.
Your teeth may be gapped, crooked, or misaligned before you start treatment. Invisalign can help with any of these problems, either separately or in combination.
Your results will vary depending on your individual treatment plan, but in general, as long as you follow the prescribed treatment plan, you can expect to see straighter teeth when you look in the mirror after Invisalign treatment.
Gaps between your teeth may be narrowed, and your bite may improve as well. Regardless of the problems that were addressed, you'll probably enjoy showing off your new, straighter smile to everyone you meet.
Better Dental Health
Every one of your teeth will receive just the right amount of pressure for the right amount of time if you wear your Invisalign clear aligners properly and only remove them when necessary to eat, drink, or clean your teeth. The total number of aligners you'll need to wear will be determined by the severity of your misalignment. Straighter teeth will benefit your dental health and gum health in the long run.
No More Crowded or Misaligned Teeth
Teeth that are misaligned or crowded can have a negative effect on physical appearance and contribute to poor oral health. Invisalign can correct misalignments. The key to success is adhering to the customized treatment plan developed for you by your dentist.
Rather than repositioning all of your teeth simultaneously, each phase of your treatment focuses on a few teeth at a time. It is critical that you adhere to the plan your dentist prescribes and wear your aligners for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours per day, regardless of the issue being treated. Following successful treatment, your crowded or misaligned teeth should be straightened, allowing you to reveal a more attractive smile.
Increased Comfort Level
Invisalign clear aligners are made of smooth plastic and are therefore quite comfortable to wear. Furthermore, because of the transparent plastic, a casual observer will have a difficult time noticing them as they discreetly straighten your teeth.