So what happens after my Invisalign treatment is over?

invisalignInvisalign braces provide a more invisible option to traditional metal orthodontic braces. Instead of metal wires and brackets, invisalign consists of placing a clear plastic tray over the teeth to gradually move and realign the teeth to their ideal places. Once the treatment is over, patients still must visit their orthodontist for routine maintenance, not unlike maintenance required for traditional braces.

When your dentist clears you from wearing your plastic trays, you and your dentist need to ensure that your teeth do not slide back into their original positions. With traditional braces, patients often have to wear a retainer for some time, and the same is most often true with Invisalign.

It’s possible that the retainer prescribed to you will be another alignment tray. It’s also possible that the retainer will be the last tray you wore, as it’s the last tray that had your teeth in the perfect position. This tray will keep the teeth from moving again.

Your dentist may also give you additional instructions on how to keep your teeth properly aligned during this final treatment and even after. No matter what you think about these instructions, you should do your best to follow them to the letter. By following these instructions, you will ensure that the time and money you have invested in this procedure was not wasted.

During Invisalign Treatment

Before you are cleared to stop wearing your trays, there are several things you must do to keep your treatment going as smooth as possible. Of course, follow all instructions from your dentist/orthodontist. Clean your trays when you brush your teeth. Brushing them removes both intrusive food particles that can interfere with your alignment and prevents staining. Wear your trays at night as well. You should only remove your trays for only two hours maximum every twenty-four hours. However, you should remove them when drinking hot beverages, as the hot liquid can alter the plastic.

Thinking about Invisalign?

If you think you want Invisalign instead of traditional metal braces, talk to your dentist at your next appointment, or call your dentist today to set up a consultation.

Can Invisalign Correct Widely Spaced Teeth?

invisalignIf you have widely spaced teeth, you already know that you need braces to correct them and realign them with your bite. With this condition, you may think that Invisalign, the nearly invisible non-bracket option for braces, is not a possibility for you, but Invisalign can fix widely spaced teeth.

Invisalign is a clear, plastic tray customized for your teeth that can straighten teeth and narrow spaces in between teeth. Over the period of treatment, your dentist will periodically adjust your Invisalign tray to gradually and gently coax your teeth into their ideal positions. Therefore, your dentist can use the trays to narrow the gaps between your teeth, and you won’t have to fully resign yourself to the idea of wearing traditional braces.

Invisalign treatment usually takes a year for optimal results, but treatment can be longer or shorter depending on the depth of your problem.[..Read More]

People Considered Healthier and Smarter with Straight Teeth

Everyone wants to live up to the mantra of not judging a book by its cover, but no one can deny that they do plenty of cover judging. According to a new study from the makers of Invisalign and Kelton research, straight teeth is a huge factor in first impression assumptions.

Kelton presented images of people with varying smiles and teeth to a sample of 1,047 Americans, and then asked the participants to give their honest opinions about the people in the images. The research participants were completely unaware that they were asked to compare straight and crooked teeth. The results were loud and clear: Americans typically assume that people with straight teeth are happier, healthier, and more successful professionally than those with crooked teeth.

Nearly one-third of the participants said that one’s teeth is the first feature they notice with new people. Twenty-four percent said that one’s teeth is the feature they remember the most after meeting someone.[..Read More]

Dental Treatments to Close Gaps

You can tell almost instantly when someone doesn’t like how their teeth look when they smile. Or, more accurately, when they try to hide their smile with either their hands or by smiling with their lips closed. If you’re suffering from this malady and the cause is gaps between your teeth, don’t think that braces are your only option for a dental solution.

In most cases, you can get the same gap-closing result with porcelain veneers.

If the gaps between your teeth are small to moderate, than porcelain veneers can easily correct the problem in a fraction of the time and nearly half the cost. Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain. Your dentist bonds them to the front of your teeth, which makes them as strong and as durable as your actual teeth. By simply creating shells that will overlap the gap between your teeth, your undesired space will be closed.[..Read More]

How long does it take to see results with Invisalign?

Invisalign Braces

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As mentioned last week, Invisalign is an innovative alternative to correcting misaligned or spaces between teeth instead of using traditional metal braces. Since Invisalign consists of using a clear device that snugly fits over your teeth, in order for it to adjust your teeth without causing severe pain and discomfort, the plastic tray has to be swapped out every two weeks. This way, it gradually leads your teeth into their desired positions.

Starting Invisalign

At your initial Invisalign consult, the dentist or orthodontist will determine the extent of how much needs to be corrected, how long it will take for the teeth to shift their positions, and what your teeth will look like when Invisalign treatment is over.

Then your dentist will take multiple impressions (molds) of your teeth and create digital images that depict the various stages of how your teeth will shift. From these impressions and images, an off-site lab will produce the series of Invisalign trays that you will use over the course of your treatment.

Invisalign Process

The trays will be swapped out roughly every two weeks, depending on how quickly your teeth shift. Each tray prods your teeth to move a very small distance, so you may not see results until four to six weeks. Noticeable results will not appear until six to ten weeks. Considering that traditional braces can take up to a couple of years–depending on the extent of adjustment needed–this is really no time at all.

It will seem frustrating at first, but after some time, you will be pleased with your progress. And when the treatment is over, you will have a straight and beautiful smile. That’s always worth waiting for.

Want to know if Invisalign is right for you? Be sure to talk to your dentist at your next visit!