The word “braces” brings to mind thoughts of months of discomfort, awkwardness, and food restrictions. But if this is all you think of when you hear “braces,” it’s time to learn more about Invisalign® Braces, the virtually invisible way to align your smile.
faster and more comfortable than traditional metal braces, Invisalign® eliminates brackets and wires – as well as the embarrassment about having a metal mouth – by offering individuals clear aligners that are customized to straighten teeth. Invisalign® makes it possible to enjoy your lifestyle as you always have, eating the foods you like, and attending your job, classes, or social events without the stigma of metal braces accompanying you.
Dr. Sharon Schmeiser is a certified Invisalign® Braces providers in Miami, Florida. They work together to customize Invisalign® treatment plans for the patients who are ideal candidates for this teeth alignment option.
The first step in undergoing Invisalign® treatment is to determine whether you’re a good candidate for this orthodontic treatment. Invisalign® is able to correct protruding teeth, crooked teeth, gaps, and overcrowding – all of the same problems that traditional metal braces correct. Pictures of your jaw, teeth, and bite are evaluated to see what your potential treatment results would be wearing the clear aligners. A patient’s ability to follow the customized Invisalign® treatment plan is also critical to orthodontic success.
The patient moves through a series of custom-developed aligners, each of which is worn for about two weeks and then replaced with the next prescribed tray. This system is designed to gradually move your teeth into their proper alignment. Invisalign® is not one-size-fits-all – the aligners that you receive are for your mouth only, and they are constructed to move certain teeth at certain times until your entire smile is in full alignment.
you will not have to worry about wires and brackets scratching your lips, cheeks, and tongue. hygiene is a breeze, just remove the clear trays and brush and floss as you would normally and then clean the retainer. you should also remove them when eating. The fact that Invisalign® is orthodontic treatment’s superiority to metal braces, but here are other Invisalign® benefits:
Invisalign® aligners are clear and very difficult for anyone to notice on your teeth unless you draw their attention to the aligners. You can straighten your teeth without telling anyone you’re doing so, unless you want to tell someone.
Traditional braces-wearers have to use special tools to clean in and around their brackets and wires, but Invisalign® wearers can brush and floss normally, simply removing their clear aligners to get the job done.
Chewy foods, super-crunchy foods, and many favorite foods and snacks are off-limits to braces-wearers who could potentially damage their brackets or wires by indulging. Invisalign® aligners are removed for meals so you can eat whatever you want without worrying about the consequences for your braces.
Invisalign® wearers do not have to visit their dentist very often. Appointments usually happen every six weeks or so to confirm that your treatment is advancing as it should and no alterations to your treatment plan need to be made. You’re given several sets of aligners at a time, and are on the honor system to change your aligners as indicated in your dentist’s orthodontic plan. This means less time in the dentist’s chair and more time to enjoy life while undergoing the invisible method of smile alignment.
Invisalign® treatment takes about nine to 15 months to complete, though the average length of treatment is 12 months. This is about half the time it takes to undergo orthodontic treatment wearing traditional metal braces. The total length of your individual Invisalign® treatment will depend on how fast your teeth shift and how dedicated you are to your customized Invisalign® treatment plan. When you follow the rules, Invisalign® will progress the way it should.
The Invisalign® wearer must have their aligners in for 20-22 hours a day, removing them only for eating, brushing, and flossing. This means the aligners should only be removed about four to six times a day. And, of course, this also means you wear the aligners while you sleep.
Invisalign® aligners are worn for about two weeks at a time before they are switched out for the next set of aligners. This timeline will vary depending on your individual treatment plan. The aligners are designed to move specific teeth at specific times during your treatment, and some teeth may take longer than others to align. Your dentist will let you know for sure. The point of Invisalign® is to move your teeth using clear aligners, but also do to so at a consistent, gentle pace.
Over the course of your Invisalign® treatment, you’ll receive between 18 and 30 aligners. This number depends on where your teeth are now and how they need to move. This number will be determined by your dentist at the beginning of your customized treatment plan.
Caring for traditional metal braces can feel like a laborious process, and it requires meticulous daily care, which is one of the reasons why Invisalign® is so attractive to so many people – the aligners are easily removed so you can maintain your typical brushing and flossing routine. But just because you don’t have wires and brackets to tend to doesn’t mean your aligners don’t require some TLC. It’s important to follow a cleaning regimen for your Invisalign® Braces to avoid any discoloration, odors, or bacteria buildup.
Every time you take your Invisalign® aligners out, rinse them. Then rinse them again before you put them back in your mouth. This easy step washes away saliva and plaque and helps keep bacteria at bay.
Your dentist will recommend a cleaning solution or Invisalign® cleaning crystals as part of the care method for your aligners so that they remain sanitary and clear – and, therefore, invisible to others.
You should absolutely brush your aligners to freshen them up, but do so gently to avoid scratching the trays. Do not use toothpaste of any kind to clean your aligners as this can be abrasive and damaging to Invisalign® Braces.
Though Invisalign® is removed for meals and snacks, you can still drink while wearing Invisalign®. It’s advisable to avoid any sort of beverage but water while the aligners are in your mouth so you can avoid staining them.
And, remember, your teeth are only as healthy as you allow them to be. Invisalign® is straightening your teeth, but make sure there’s a smile worth straightening by maintaining a day and night brushing routine and flossing at least once daily. It’s still necessary to avoid decay and cavities by caring for your teeth and, because Invisalign® is a form-fitting orthodontic treatment, it’s possible for bacteria to become trapped between your teeth and aligners, jeopardizing your oral health. Take good care of your aligners and your teeth to ensure the cleanest, straightest smile.
Even though you know you’ll be avoiding the stigma of metal mouth, embarking on any orthodontic treatment comes with a natural amount of trepidation. So what will you really look like while wearing Invisalign®? You won’t look much different than you do now, except your teeth will gradually get straighter and straighter. The clear aligners are extremely thin, and they are virtually unnoticeable on your teeth. Unless you tell someone you’re wearing Invisalign®, it’s unlikely they’ll pick up on the presence of the aligners during a normal conversation. Invisalign® has made straight teeth a possibility for adults who never received the kind of orthodontic treatment they may have needed as a teenager, and it makes adolescents live a slightly less awkward life by eliminating the obvious look of metal braces.
If you’re avoiding the discomfort, irritation, and damage that can be caused by brackets and wires, does that mean Invisalign® won’t cause any pain at all? The look may be different, but the science behind Invisalign® and metal braces is the same: You’re using a method of orthodontic treatment to shift your teeth and jaw. Wearing the aligners – especially that first set of aligners – will require an adjustment period. Each new stage of treatment is likely to bring with it a few days of discomfort as the new aligners put pressure on different teeth, but that means Invisalign® is doing its job and shifting your teeth into a straight smile.
Besides the fact that you can go out to dinner and eat whatever you want without worrying about a piece of salad being stuck in a bracket, Invisalign® offers plenty of perhaps initially unseen benefits that will impact your lifestyle and your health positively:
Simply enough, straight teeth are easier to clean. Invisalign® helps you have healthier teeth and gums, which means you have less chance of cavities, gum disease, or other oral health issues.
When your teeth aren’t straight, your digestive system has to work harder to break down your food. Aligned teeth reduce the stress on your digestive system, which means you are at a lower risk for ulcers or indigestion.
You have no excuses about eating poorly when you’re wearing Invisalign® Braces. Being able to remove your aligners means you have the opportunity maintain a balanced diet. Traditional braces-wearers are limited in their ability to crunch into healthy fruits and veggies or certain types of protein for fear of damaging their brackets or wires. They may rely on soft foods like pasta, which are fine in moderation, but when they become the crux of your diet this does your health no favors.
If you have crooked teeth or any sort of underbite, overbite, or other alignment issue, it can be tough to be completely confident about your appearance and how others perceive you. Invisalign® gives you straight teeth that you will be proud to show off, and the entire length of your orthodontic treatment won’t be an exercising in practicing how to hide your metal braces, it’ll be an exercise in learning how to show off your new smile.
Invisalign®Braces don’t interfere with your daily life. And Invisalign® Braces are life-changing. Talk to Drs. Rodriguez and Schmeiser today to find out whether you’re a good candidate for Invisalign® Braces.