What You Need to Know About Invisalign 

What You Need to Know About Invisalign 

Apr 01, 2020

Misaligned and crooked teeth can damage not only your confidence but also your dental structure. Different solutions are available such as traditional braces. However, if you want a less conspicuous treatment, the Invisalign is a perfect option. These braces are invisible and barely noticeable. To top it off, they are removable and work like all other orthodontic treatments. Here are a few things to know about Invisalign.

1. Invisalign is a Treatment Process

Invisalign treatment is a process and involves several steps. On your first dental appointment, our dentist in Berkeley, CA, will examine and assess your dental health, and a treatment plan will be formulated based on your dental condition.

The dentist will get an image of your dental structure for monitoring Invisalign before and after progress. Next, clear aligners are customized and crafted using 3D imaging technology based on your dental structure. Dr. Manpreet Sidhu will give you instructions on how to wear and care for the braces.

For better results, wear the braces for 20 to 22 hours every day. Additionally, come for your dental assessment every six to eight weeks for monitoring the treatment process.

2. Invisalign and Traditional Braces Work Similarly

Invisalign and traditional braces are different in design, but work similarly; they both apply pressure on the teeth.

Underneath the gums, we have a membrane that surrounds the bone and connects the root and jaw. This membrane controls the position of the teeth, and they respond to the pressure hence moving the teeth to the correct place. Wearing the Invisalign and metal braces will apply pressure on the teeth to align them.

Other than the treatment process, Invisalign and traditional braces are different. Invisalign is removable, clear, and invisible. Traditional or metal braces are made of wire brackets and are fixed.

Invisalign vs. traditional braces, which one is better? Well, this will depend on your preference. For those who want an invisible appliance, then the clear braces are the best way to go.

3. Invisalign Need Proper Care

Although it doesn’t disrupt your life, Invisalign has special instructions that need to be adhered to for the treatment process to be successful.

  • It is crucial to wear the braces for 20 to 22 hours’ daily
  • Remove the braces when eating to avoid the food sticking on the braces
  • Clean the clear aligners with a toothbrush when brushing. Avoid using toothpaste as it may damage the aligners
  • Soak the aligners once a day in the provided solution to keep them moistened. Remember, dry saliva can cause bacteria to grow and multiply
  • Brush your teeth before placing the aligners back
  • Never leave the braces exposed, but instead store them in a clean environment
  • Make sure you visit the dentist every six to eight weeks for assessment

4. You, Will, Need a Retainer

After the orthodontic treatment, you may need a retainer to keep the teeth from shifting back. The retainers can be removable or fixed, but they both work to stabilize the bone and maintain the realignment.
The duration of wearing the retainers will depend on the type of orthodontic treatment you received. However, on average, you may need the retainers for 12 months after the braces. For the first four to six months you need to wear them for 24 hours, and after that, you can wear them at night only.

5. Anyone Can Wear Invisalign

Contrary to a widespread assumption, Invisalign can be worn by all people regardless of age and dental condition. Children and teenagers can also benefit from clear braces as they are designed with blue light for parents to monitor them.

6. You May Need Attachments

Sometimes, based on your condition, the dentist may recommend attachment. These are tiny, tooth-colored shaped balls fixed on the teeth to assist the aligners in moving the teeth in position. The attachments are invisible, and the Invisalign can be placed over them for extra support.

Schedule an Appointment

Do you have misaligned teeth and would like a change, come to Berkeley Smiles Clinic for an assessment and treatment.

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