Our Sault Ste. Marie dentists describe 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 straighten your teeth without using traditional wire and metal braces.
Each set of aligners is typically worn for two weeks before moving on to the next set in the series. The aligners will make minor adjustments to your teeth during this time.
Your dentist will determine your specific needs and decide the duration of your treatment plan. You can remove your custom aligners during your treatment for drinking, eating, brushing and flossing.
Here are 5 ways your smile will change during your treatment:
1. Improved Cleanliness During & After Treatment
Because Invisalign trays are removable, you can brush and floss your teeth while wearing them. During treatment, you'll be able to brush and floss all of your teeth thoroughly.
Your Invisalign clear aligners can also be cleaned - just rinse them or clean them with the Invisalign cleaning crystals. This will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums while your teeth are straightened.
2. Straighter Teeth
Before you begin your treatment, your teeth may be gapped, crooked or misaligned. Invisalign can help treat any of these issues — individually or in combination.
Your results will vary depending on your individual treatment plan, but you can expect straighter teeth in the mirror after treatment with Invisalign as long as you stick to the prescribed treatment plan.
Gaps between your teeth may also be reduced, and your bite may also improve. Regardless of the issues that were treated, you’ll likely find that you enjoy sharing your new, straighter smile with everyone you meet.
3. Better Dental Health
Every one of your teeth will receive just the right amount of pressure for the right amount of time if you wear your Invisalign clear aligners properly and only remove them when you need to eat, drink, or clean your teeth.
The total number of aligners you’ll wear will depend on the nature of your misalignment. In the long term, you'll benefit from better dental health and healthier gums thanks to straighter teeth.
4. No More Crowded or Misaligned Teeth
Misaligned or crowded teeth can impact your physical appearance and contribute to poor oral health, but they 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. No matter which issue is being treated, it's critical that you stick to the plan your dentist recommends and wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day. Your crowded or misaligned teeth should be straight after a successful treatment process, and you'll be able to reveal a straighter smile.
5. Increased Comfort Level
Invisalign clear aligners are made of smooth plastic and are therefore quite comfortable to wear. Furthermore, because of the transparent plastic, a casual observer will have a difficult time noticing them as they discreetly straighten your teeth.