What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

When looking at your dental options for fixing your teeth, you have probably come across Invisalign at least once. What is Invisalign? How can it help me? Is it worth it? These questions are common, and everyone asks them when first looking at Invisalign. We are here to answer them for you, so keep reading to receive all the answers you need! 

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a newer dental treatment plan designed to straighten teeth without using metal braces. Because of the troubles that come with metal braces, including eating restrictions, metal wires in your mouth, and the general social stigma around them, Invisalign can be an excellent choice for those looking to straighten their teeth. 

Invisalign is designed to remove the problems with metal braces and does so quite well. Made from a transparent material, custom-fitted to each person’s mouth, and the ability to take them off and on, one no longer has to worry about eating restrictions or having metal wires crisscrossing their mouth. 

How Does Invisalign Work?

The Invisalign process is straightforward and smooth and consists of several steps to straighten your teeth with minimal problems. After the initial appointments and 3D scan of your teeth, your dentist will draw up a treatment plan for you that considers how long it will take to straighten your teeth and what your teeth may potentially look like at the end of the treatment. 

Once you have received your aligners, you will wear them all day, except when you eat, brush, and floss. Since they are designed to be removed, you can remove them for these brief moments of your day without worrying about affecting your treatment plan. However, it would be best if you did not go without wearing them for long periods as that could slow down your treatment. 

How Long Does Treatment Take?

When wearing Invisalign, you receive multiple pairs of aligners that you switch out every two weeks. Each aligner will begin to feel loose in your mouth over time, but you need to keep them in for the entire two weeks. Otherwise, your teeth and gums may not fully set in their new positions. 

Your treatment plan will take around a year, though depending on the severity of your teeth, your plan may be longer or shorter. Your dentist will let you know how long roughly it will take when drawing up your treatment plan. 

What Dental Problems Can Invisalign Fix?

Invisalign can fix many dental problems, but it ultimately depends on the severity of the issue and if anything else is causing it. When drawing up your treatment plan, your dentist will let you know if it can be solved via Invisalign. 

  • Crooked teeth
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Crossbite
  • Gaps in teeth
  • Open bite
  • Crowded teeth

Ready to Straighten Your Teeth?

Invisalign is an excellent choice for many people looking to have their teeth straightened, and their smile restored.To find out if Invisalign is the right choice for you and if it can fix your smile, schedule an appointment with us today at (912) 354-1366.

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