Invisalign Aligners Are A Modern Alternative To Traditional Metal Braces
Invisalign is a nearly invisible and gentler way to align your teeth into the perfect smile. Let’s review how Invisalign works and offer the top tips for patients who are using the system.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Before we review, it’s important to explain how the Invisalign system works. The nearly invisible aligners made of a thermoplastic material and are completely customized to your unique mouth. They precisely move your teeth in the sequence best suited for you – which is determined by Dr. Walt.
Over the course of your entire treatment, you will be supplied with a series of aligners. Each aligner will have a slight adjustment to the tooth position. When the aligners are placed on the teeth, they cause the teeth to do a small adjustment and the teeth gradually shift from their current position over time.
It’s as easy as that. Your teeth are shifting and moving into the perfect smile without anyone ever noticing you are going through ‘braces’.
Top Tips For Wearing Invisalign
Here are the top tips for successful Invisalign treatment.
Wear Your Aligners for at Least 22 Hours
One of the most important tips to remember is that Invisalign Aligners need to be worn at least 22 hours a day. Take them out to eat your meals and during your cleaning routines, but remember to put them back in right away.
Invisalign aligners only work if you diligently wear them for most of your day. If you’re not wearing them for at least 22 hours in a day, you will slow down your progress for that perfect smile.
Massage Your Attachments
The little tooth coloured bumps that we glue onto your teeth (called attachments) are essential for us to apply specific movements onto the teeth. Your aligner is supposed to fit precisely over the attachments. To help do this apply downward pressure over the attachment when your aligner is on. If you start to see a gap between the bottom of the tooth and the aligner, it is usually a sign that the tooth is not moving correctly.
Always Keep Your Last Set of Aligners
If for some reason you misplace or break your aligners, it’s a great tip to have the last set available as an interim replacement. Doing this will keep your teeth from losing any progress while new ones are being made.
Once you get your new set of Invisalign aligners you should restart your weekly changes.
Most patients going through treatment are worried that others will notice their Invisalign aligners. Rest assured, most people will not even notice you are wearing them since they are so clear. They are far less noticeable than metal braces.
So smile with your mouth open, be confident with your smile. No one will know your working on your perfect smile.
Now that you know the best practices for your successful Invisalign treatment, it’s time to get yourself fitted for your new Invisalign aligners. If you’re ready for your personalized consultation, contact us today. We can review together if Invisalign is the best option for you!