The ins and outs of Invisalign
As more options have become available for orthodontics in recent years, more adults and teens alike are seeing the true benefit of straighter teeth. Designed to gently correct the teeth that are visible in the smile, Invisalign achieves lasting results in just a matter of months, effectively improving smiles and lifting self-esteem.
Suitable for a great number of patients and specific conditions, Invisalign consists of strong, clear plastic trays that are customized based on a 3D model of the patient’s teeth. A series of trays is fabricated based on this model, and worn in succession based on the patient’s individualized treatment plan. When we treat a patient with Invisalign for teeth in Greenville, we stress the importance of wearing aligner trays as directed, approximately 22 hours a day, so as to achieve the desired results within the specified treatment period.
Invisalign trays are removable for the purpose of sustained oral hygiene and comfortable eating, perhaps one of the greatest benefits of this cosmetic orthodontic treatment. Without cumbersome metal brackets and wires, Invisalign allows patients to brush and floss as is needed for the removal of harmful bacteria. Keeping up with such habits as recommended by the American Dental Association is encouraged. This means brushing twice a day for two full minutes each time, and flossing in between all teeth once every day.
In addition to brushing and flossing teeth, the patient who undergoes Invisalign for teeth in Greenville is also encouraged to regularly clean aligner trays. Ideally, these trays should be gently brushed with nylon coated bristles before wearing for the first time, and once a day. When removed during a meal, aligners could be placed in a glass or bowl of water, or, at the very least, put into a safe place where they will not be accidentally thrown out. When brushing and rinsing aligners, cold water is most suitable, as warm water can encourage the growth of bacteria rather than reduce it.
When worn as directed, Invisalign treatment is typically completed in four to six months. After the completion of treatment, the patient is encouraged to wear a retainer appliance, just as he or she would with traditional braces. A retainer can be fixed or removable, and will hold teeth in their new position for long-lasting beauty.
If you have long desired a more attractive smile with straighter teeth, contact us for your Invisalign/Clear consultation.