Orthodontic treatment can work wonders for teeth that are crooked, unevenly spaced or out of alignment. For years, that treatment meant wearing traditional metal or ceramic braces to get beautiful results. But today, you’ve got other options. One of the most popular alternatives to traditional braces is the Invisalign® aligner system. Avondale Invisalign clear aligners are designed to be virtually invisible while they’re being worn (in fact, they’re sometimes called invisible braces). As cool as that feature may be, it’s not the only benefit Invisalign offers. Here’s the 4-1-1 on these popular orthodontic appliances.
Invisalign clear aligners: How they work
Invisalign aligners are made of a special, patented material called SmartTrackTM. This special plastic is designed to gently move your teeth over time, and the smooth finish means the aligners are really comfortable and very easy to slide on and off. Each aligner is custom-made to fit the contours of your mouth for additional comfort and “invisibility.” In fact, Invisalign aligners are so discreet, even your friends may not know you have them on.
The Avondale Invisalign difference starts with your very first office visit, when your smile and bite mechanics will be evaluated. If Invisalign is the right choice for you, the next step involves taking very careful measurements of your mouth and teeth using a special digital scanner. The measurements are sent to a lab that specializes in Invisalign fabrication. The data are fed into a computer system that uses proprietary software to determine how your teeth need to move over time to get you to the beautiful, healthy-looking smile you want. Then using that information, your aligners will be fabricated using state-of-the-art printing technology. Each aligner will be slightly different, and the entire series of aligners will be unique to you, providing you with truly customized care.
What happens during Avondale Invisalign treatment?
Once your aligners are ready, you’ll come in for a second visit to get your aligners and to have them trimmed to your gumline so the fit is pure comfort. Then you’ll wear each set of aligners for about two weeks before swapping them out for the next set in the series.
During treatment, you’ll start to notice Invisalign’s other benefits:
- You can eat all your favorite foods. Unlike braces that require you to limit or avoid some foods like corn on the cob or chewy bagels or nuts, with Invisalign, you can continue to enjoy all your favorites. Just slide the aligners out for meals and rinse your mouth before slipping the aligners back in place.
- You can continue to enjoy sports and music lessons. There’s no need to limit activities with Invisalign.
- You won’t need to visit our office as much — only once every six to eight weeks to check your progress, in most cases. And when you do visit, you won’t have to deal with painful adjustments.
- There are no wires or brackets to irritate your gums or your lips.
- You can brush and floss just like you always do, without having to worry about reaching around wires or brackets. And you don’t have to worry about breaking a wire, either.
- You can still have routine trips to the dentist including cleanings and checkups. That means when your treatment is done, your smile will look picture-perfect.
For best results, you’ll need to wear your aligners for about 22 hours each day, taking them out only to eat, brush and floss. And since we know teens have a lot on their minds, Invisalign’s teen system features blue compliance indicators to help ensure you stay on track with your treatment.
How long does Avondale Invisalign treatment take?
That depends on your needs and the issues you’re having treated. During your evaluation, your orthodontist will be able to give you a good estimate on how long your specific treatment should take. Most people can complete treatment in under two years, and some patients can finish in as little as six months. The best part: you’ll start to see and notice your results just a few weeks after your treatment begins.
What kinds of problems can Invisalign treat?
Today’s Invisalign aligners are designed to treat virtually every type of alignment issue, including:
- Gaps between teeth
- Open bites
- Crooked teeth
Plus, Invisalign offers special attachments to help address especially challenging issues, like teeth that are really out of line with the rest of your bite. And for teens, Invisalign Teen system can be adjusted to accommodate wisdom teeth and back molars that haven’t erupted yet. With Invisalign aligners, your orthodontic treatment will be completely customized for your needs, so you can enjoy an optimal outcome and a lifetime of beautiful smiles.
Are Invisalign aligners hard to care for?
Nope — and that’s another big plus. While caring for traditional metal braces can be a challenge, with Invisalign, all you need to do is remove them to rinse after meals and brush them with a soft brush when you brush your teeth. Invisalign also offers a cleaning kit to make caring for your aligners even easier. Just remember to remove your aligners when you eat, since foods can wind up staining the material. For added freshness, you can even soak your aligners in a little diluted mouthwash. For the very brief period of time when your aligners are out of your mouth (like when you’re eating), you can store them in their case to keep them clean and undamaged. And finally, when your aligners are in their case, keep them out of the hot sunlight (like perched on the dashboard of a car), since the extra heat might cause them to warp.
Let’s get started: Learn more about Invisalign treatment near Avondale, AZ
As a leading orthodontist near Avondale, Arizona, Dunn Orthodontics offers state-of-the-art Invisalign treatment for patients from preteens to adults. Our team is experienced in creating unique, one-of-a-kind treatment plans for every patient, which means you can feel confident you’ll get the best treatment for your needs — and the beautiful smile you’ve been hoping for. To find out more about Invisalign “invisible braces” and how they can help you enjoy a lifetime of beautiful, confident smiles, give us a call at 602-864-0004 and schedule an office visit today.