Are you looking to straighten your teeth without time-consuming and unsightly metal braces? Invisalign® clear braces are an alternative and revolutionary approach to orthodontics and are perfect for people who want to maintain their natural appearance while getting a straighter smile, making them the first choice for both adults and teens alike. Our cosmetic dentistry team offers Invisalign in Aurora, CO to correct a wide array of alignment problems such as crowding, overbite, underbite, crossbite, and many more orthodontic issues. If you are ready to get the straighter smile you have always wanted and look great while doing it, simply contact our team today and ask about Invisalign!
How does invisalign work?
Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligner trays to gradually bring the teeth into a more harmonious and beautiful orientation. Each set of alignment trays represents your smile one step closer to the ideal end results. A patient simply needs to wear each set of alignment trays in the series for about two weeks each. Then, you simply exchange your current set of aligners for the next set in the series until you achieve a perfectly straight smile. Our patients love Invisalign because the trays are practically invisible, and they can easily take them off whenever they need to eat, brush their teeth, or attend a special event. Also, in many cases, Invisalign can work much faster than traditional orthodontics and, in most cases, you will likely be done with your entire alignment tray orthodontic system in under one year!
Every patient’s Invisalign treatment plan is different. Your specific plan length will depend on the number of alignment trays needed to move your teeth into their ideal positions. In most cases, patients can see their desired results in eight to eighteen months. Most traditional bracket and wire braces plans take eighteen months or longer, so you will save a significant amount of time by choosing Invisalign orthodontics.
Invisalign treatment doesn’t require any dietary changes. Because you can remove your trays, you can maintain your regular diet and oral hygiene routines throughout treatment with Invisalign orthodontics. This makes clear braces a great option for patients who have specialized diets and those who struggle with maintaining their oral health.
First thing in the morning and before bed, you should remove your aligners to brush and floss your teeth and clean your trays. You should rinse out your aligners with cool water, and you may also want to brush the aligners to remove any sticky plaque. Between meals, you should remove your aligners and rinse them out. Preferably, you should brush your teeth and aligners after meals in addition to your regular morning and evening tooth brushing and flossing. This ensures no food or plaques are trapped against your teeth for an extended time period, elevating your risk for cavities.
Many patients aren’t aware that they will still need to wear a retainer for a year or longer after orthodontic treatment. When teeth are shifted into alignment over the course of orthodontic treatment, the underlying supportive bone and soft tissue need time to reconnect with the root system to ensure teeth stay in their new position. Retainers hold your teeth in place while these supportive tissues are renewed. Luckily, we are often able to use clear retainers that resemble your Invisalign trays, so you won’t have to worry about the negative impact on your appearance while you’re wearing the retainers.
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