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Patients are sometimes turned off by the idea of straightening their teeth with traditional braces. Although metal braces are certainly effective, another system has come along that offers many of the same benefits without being so obvious about it.
This system is called Invisalign.

Invisalign Benefits

  • Removable system for straightening teeth
  • No food restrictions involved
  • Clear aligners for virtual invisibility

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign wearers keep clear plastic aligners over their teeth for 22 hours a day to shift them into their correct positions. Unlike metal braces, the clear aligners used with Invisalign are made of a smooth plastic that fits tightly over the teeth.

At specified intervals, the patient returns for a new set of aligners to continually shift their teeth into the desired positions. After wearing their final set of aligners, the treatment is complete, although patients may need to wear mouth retainers for a few months so that their teeth do not return their former positions.

No Food Restrictions

Traditional metal braces can be a bit clunky. Wearing them means that you cannot eat some of your favorite foods and snacks, particularly those that are hard and crunchy, or those that could stick to the metal wires and brackets.

With Invisalign, you can easily remove your aligners whenever you want to eat anything. Just be sure that you pop them back in when you are finished. You need to be wearing them 22 hours daily so that your treatment plan proceeds according to schedule.

Invisalign Tips

Here are a couple of tips to help you along in your treatment journey with Invisalign:

Invisalign and Speaking

There is no way around the fact that Invisalign will affect your speech at first. Even though the aligners are very sleek and comfortable, having something new in your mouth can make you speak somewhat differently.

So it helps to begin practicing speaking at home while wearing your aligners. This will help you get used to them more quickly without the pressure of being in a public setting.

Patient Compliance

The entire idea behind Invisalign is to keep your teeth in one location so that they eventually adjust to it. This is why you need to be wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours daily to keep up with your treatment plan.

Use your two hours without wearing your aligners wisely. These two hours can go very quickly when you need to divide them into activities like drinking beverages, eating, and dental care. You could use a basic notepad or phone app to track the time so that you stick with your treatment plan and maintain patient compliance.

Your Invisalign Consultation

To learn if you would make a good candidate for treatment with Invisalign, please reach out to us to book your initial consultation at your earliest convenience. Our dental office happily accepts new patients. We look forward to meeting you!