Invisalign clear aligners are made of invisible plastic. Rather than being cemented or bonded to the teeth like metal or clear braces, the clear aligners are completely removable for things like eating, special occasions, and most importantly brushing and flossing. There are many advantages to invisalign:
How It Works
Invisalign clear aligners work the same way that traditional braces do. They apply carefully controlled forces to move your teeth into a better position without using metal wires. The plastic trays are specially designed to fit your teeth, and will slowly move the teeth from their current positions to the best possible alignment. This process is broken down into a few different stages, where you will have a different set of trays for each stage. Usually each stage lasts a few weeks, and you are advised to wear your trays for a minimum for about 20 hours per day. After each stage, you will receive a new set of trays and repeat this process for gradual movement of your teeth. This will continue until your teeth are perfectly realigned.
Invisalign has even added features to the trays for teenagers like spacing for molars that have not grown in yet and compliance indicators that allows the dentist and the patient to see if the trays are being worn for the appropriate amount of time.
Caring for your Teeth with Invisalign
One of the main advantages of invisalign is that the tray can be removed to make brushing and flossing easy, so please don’t neglect this! You’ll need to brush your teeth every time after a meal or snack so that the food and plaque don’t get trapped in the aligners. Neglecting to do this can result on decay or gum disease. Regular cleaning of the aligners themselves are also a must. You can easily do this by brushing them and rinse in lukewarm water.
Keep in mind that as clear aligners are very different than metal braces, the port-treatment is the exact same. You’ll want to make sure that you wear your retainers as prescribed by your dentist in order to maintain your beautiful new smile.