Our dentists in Peterborough explain what you can expect before, during and after Invisalign treatment, and how Invisalign can help you achieve a straighter smile.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of custom-made clear aligners that can help to straighten your teeth without using metal braces and traditional wire.
You'll typically wear each set of aligners for about two weeks before changing them out for the next set in the series. During that time, the aligners will make tiny, gradual adjustments to your teeth.
Your dentist will identify your specific needs and determine the duration of your treatment plan. You can remove your custom aligners during treatment for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. Here are a few ways your smile will change during your treatment:
Improved Cleanliness During & After Treatment
You'll be able to remove your Invisalign trays when you need to brush and floss. With clear aligners, you'll be able to ensure you brush and floss your teeth thoroughly during treatment.
You can also clean your Invisalign clear aligners - just rinse them with Invisalign cleaning crystals to help promote healthy teeth and gums while your teeth are being straightened.
Before starting treatment, you may notice your teeth are crooked, misaligned or gapped. Invisalign can help treat any of these issues, individually or in combination.
Depending on your individual treatment plan, your results will vary. However, as long as you follow the prescribed treatment plan, you can expect to see straighter teeth when you look in the mirror after you complete your Invisalign treatment.
Clear aligners can also reduce gaps between teeth, and your bite may also improve. Regardless of the issues you had treated, you'll likely find that you enjoy revealing your straighter smile to everyone you meet.
Better Dental Health
Provided you wear your Invisalign clear aligners properly and only remove them when necessary to eat, drink or when cleaning your teeth, every one of your teeth will receive just the right amount of pressure for the right amount of time. The total number of aligners you’ll wear will depend on the nature of your misalignment. Long-term, you'll benefit from better dental health and healthier gums, due to straighter teeth.
No More Crowded or Misaligned Teeth
Misaligned or crowded teeth can impact physical appearance and contribute to poor oral health. Misalignments can be improved with Invisalign. The key to success is in sticking to the custom treatment plan your dentist will develop for you.
Instead of moving all of your teeth at once, each phase of your treatment focuses on a few of your teeth at a time. It’s important that you follow the plan your dentist prescribes and wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day, no matter which issue is being treated. After a successful treatment process treatment, your crowded or misaligned teeth should be straight, and you'll be able to reveal a straighter smile.
Increased Comfort Level
Because Invisalign clear aligners are made from smooth plastic, they can be quite comfortable to wear. Plus, thanks to the transparent plastic, the casual observer will be hard-pressed to see them as they discreetly straighten your teeth.