When your smile doesn't look exactly the way you'd like it to, braces are the most common solution to straighten them. However, they aren't always practical, especially for adults who would rather not have a mouth full of brackets and wires. For many people, Invisalign® is a better option, as it uses a series of clear tooth aligners to straighten your teeth. If you're considering this treatment plan, learn more by reviewing some of the most frequently asked questions about it.
Common Questions About Invisalign
How does Invisalign work?
The tooth straightening process begins with a dental consultation to ensure you're a suitable candidate. If you are, your dentist will use a series of digital images and impressions to develop a customized plan that'll gradually straighten your teeth. This involves wearing a series of clear plastic aligners—typically for two weeks at a time—to apply force to your teeth. Most treatments take approximately 12 to 18 months to complete, assuming you wear the aligners for about 20 to 22 hours per day.
What are the benefits?
The most significant benefit of this treatment is that it's almost invisible. Most of the time, no one will even know you're wearing the aligners. They can also be removed while eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing, so you'll have fewer restrictions than you would with traditional braces. You can even enjoy popcorn, gum, and candy, as long as you remove your aligners first.
Who can use it?
While only your dentist can determine for sure whether you're the right candidate for Invisalign, the aligners can correct most alignment and bite issues in teens and adults. However, if you have dental bridges that connect two or more teeth, the aligners may be unable to work effectively. Similarly, if you've had extensive dental work, including crowns or veneers, your dentist will need to evaluate your situation.
What happens when the treatment is complete?
Most people need to use retainers after completing their Invisalign treatment to maintain the results. However, while the retainers need to be worn full time at first, you can typically reduce the time you need to wear them until they're only worn overnight. Otherwise, the only follow-up care is regular dental hygiene practices and visits to your dentist.
If you want to achieve a straighter smile, get in touch with Apex Dental Care in Issaquah, WA, to learn more about Invisalign. Serving King County for 17 years, they offer a range of treatments from basic cleanings to dental implants, all delivered with the highest standard of care. To schedule an appointment, call (425) 837-0383 or send a message online.