What Is Invisalign? Things You Need To Know

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Curious about what Invisalign is? Wondering how it can transform your smile? Invisalign is a modern dental treatment that uses clear aligners to straighten teeth. Unlike traditional braces, these aligners are virtually invisible and removable. 

They offer a discreet and comfortable way to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Let’s explore what invisalign is, how it works and why it might be the perfect solution for you.

How Invisalign Works:

Invisalign uses clear aligners to slowly move your teeth into place. These aligners fit snugly and gently apply pressure to guide your teeth into their desired positions over time. You wear each aligner almost all day and night, removing them only for eating or drinking (except water). Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before switching to the next one.

With each new aligner, your teeth move a little more. This process continues until your teeth reach the desired positions. Typically, you’ll wear multiple aligners over about a year. Invisalign aligners are more comfortable than traditional braces when you switch to a new aligner. Their slower movement makes the adjustment easier.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign braces are made from a special type of plastic called “polyurethane resins.” This material is medical-grade and strong enough to handle the impact of your teeth, but it’s also lightweight and comfortable. It has a polymer coating for added durability and comfort. The braces include removable silicone cushioning for extra comfort and flexibility. The treatment, approved by the FDA, guides your teeth into place over about 18 months using a custom-made track.

The Advantages of Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign treatment offers clear advantages over traditional braces. Firstly, the aligners are transparent, so no wires or metal are needed, keeping your smile discreet. Plus, they’re removable, allowing you to enjoy food and drink freely and making brushing easier. With Invisalign, you can align your teeth without sacrificing your favorite foods or struggling with oral hygiene. Additionally, achieving a straighter smile can boost your confidence by reducing insecurities. Overall, Invisalign offers a convenient and discreet way to achieve a beautiful, confident smile.

The Potential Drawbacks of Invisalign

Invisalign treatment has many benefits, but there are a few things to consider. One concern is that it requires consistent wear of the aligners to be effective. If you don’t wear them as directed, the treatment may not work well. Also, while Invisalign can fix various dental issues, it might not be suitable for everyone, especially those with complex dental problems. It’s essential for your dentist to assess your teeth before starting treatment. Overall, Invisalign is a great option for many, but it’s important to understand these potential limitations.

Is Invisalign Safe?

Many people wonder about the safety of Invisalign treatment, and rest assured, it’s a discreet, comfortable, and safe option. But is it right for you?

A Safe, BPA-Free Alternative

Invisalign offers a safe and effective alternative to traditional braces. Concerns about harmful chemicals like BPA are addressed with Invisalign’s use of safe materials. By using plasticizers and medical-grade polyurethane resin, Invisalign ensures a comfortable and risk-free treatment experience. You can straighten your teeth confidently with Invisalign, knowing it’s both effective and safe.

Is Invisalign Safe to Use While Pregnant?

If you’re pregnant, safety is likely top of mind for everything you do and consume. If you’re already using Invisalign aligners, there’s no need to worry. Many pregnant women opt for Invisalign due to changes in oral health during pregnancy, such as swollen or loose teeth and gums caused by hormonal shifts. Invisalign’s removable aligners help prevent movement and protect your smile from potential trauma. FDA-approved for mild to moderate dental issues, Invisalign offers a safe treatment option. Plus, unlike traditional braces, it typically requires only 18 months of wear. If you have any concerns, consult your doctor or dentist for guidance.

The Six Stages of Invisalign

Most patients don’t use Invisalign, but many ask about it. Why? Well, it’s nearly invisible and you can eat and clean your teeth easily with removable trays. Curious about Invisalign? Here’s how it works:

Consultation with Your Orthodontist

To begin your Invisalign journey, schedule a consultation with your orthodontist. They will assess if Invisalign is suitable for your needs as it may not address all orthodontic issues. Considerations include your ability to wear the trays almost constantly and checking insurance coverage and costs. Remember, it’s best to receive Invisalign treatment from an orthodontist, not a dentist, as orthodontists have specialized training and expertise, leading to better outcomes. Even if you don’t choose us for treatment, ensure you seek Invisalign treatment from an orthodontist for optimal results.

Getting Your Custom Invisalign Plan

Your orthodontist takes x-rays, photos, and teeth impressions. These are sent to Invisalign with instructions on tooth movement. Invisalign creates a 3-D model showing teeth movement. Your orthodontist reviews and may request changes. Once approved, Invisalign makes your custom trays.

Waiting for Your Invisalign Aligners

It can take around a month for your aligners to arrive at our office.

Wearing Your Invisalign Aligners

Once your aligners are ready, come to our office to receive them. Each aligner is unique and should be worn in a specific order, typically for two weeks each. As your treatment progresses, each new aligner will continue to adjust your teeth into straighter positions. Remember to remove your aligners only when eating or brushing your teeth. Consistently wearing your aligners is crucial for the success of your treatment. Failure to do so can disrupt your progress and result in ill-fitting aligners.

Refining Your Smile with Invisalign

After wearing the last tray for two weeks, your Invisalign treatment may be complete, but some teeth may still require adjustments. This is common and nothing to worry about. Your orthodontist will assess your teeth and may order additional “refinement” trays from Invisalign if needed. These trays typically take about a month to arrive, and there’s no extra charge for them. Invisalign anticipates that many patients will require refinement trays to achieve the desired results.

Maintaining Your Smile After Invisalign

After completing your Invisalign treatment, it’s crucial to maintain your smile’s alignment. You’ll need to wear retainers to allow your jaw bones to stabilize around your new tooth positions. Invisalign offers Vivera retainers, which are thicker and more durable than treatment trays. Unlike bi-weekly changes with Invisalign trays, Vivera retainers are designed for long-term wear. Alternatively, you can opt for a wired retainer. Consistent retainer wear is essential immediately after treatment, but it’s recommended to wear a retainer periodically for life, as teeth naturally shift over time.

Why choose Han orthodontics as your Invisalign provider?

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At Han Orthodontics in Riverside, CA, we focus on your oral health. We offer competitive prices and comprehensive care for families. Our experienced dentists provide top-notch orthodontic services in a friendly environment.

If you’re considering Invisalign, we’re here to help. While it’s a personal decision, we find it to be a great option for many. For inquiries or a free consultation about Invisalign costs, call (951) 686-5301. Let us help you achieve the smile you want.