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Invisalign®: The Clear Solution to a Straighter Smile
Invisalign® clear aligners are clear plastic aligners that are designed to move teeth gradually until they move into the desired position. The process involves a tray of aligners that are customized specifically for each individual to be used until the treatment is complete and their teeth have been straightened.
Straightening your smile with Invisalign®
Even though traditional braces remain very popular, the popularity of Invisalign has increased over the years. This is especially true with adults who want to straighten their teeth without using traditional braces, which are very conspicuous.
Despite the fact that the aligners are made from plastic, they are very effective when it comes to straightening teeth.
How does Invisalign® work?
When a patient goes in for their consultation, their dentist will take a 3D impression of their mouth. The dentist will then show the patient how the aligners will gradually move their teeth into place. The 3D impression will be sent to a dental laboratory where the aligners will be made. Once the aligners are ready, the dentist will call the patient in to come to pick them up and explain how each one should be used.
The aligners are designed to be used for two weeks before being discarded for the next set of aligners in the tray. The process should be continued until all the aligners have been used, which signifies that the treatment is complete.
Are there food restrictions with Invisalign?
No, unlike traditional braces, which require the patient to avoid certain foods, there are no food restrictions with Invisalign aligners. This is because the aligners are removable, allowing the patient to take them out when they want to eat, brush their teeth and clean the aligners.
Do I have to wear the aligners all day?
To get the maximum benefit, Invisalign aligners are designed to be worn for 22 hours a day. They should only be removed when the patient wants to eat or brush their teeth. Failure to wear the aligners for the recommended amount of time will slow down the straightening process.
How durable are the aligners?
Since they are made out of plastic, many people think Invisalign aligners are not very durable, which is not true. The aligners will last for the duration they are supposed to as long as the patient does not keep them in their mouth when they eat, which can damage them.
How do I clean the aligners?
Cleaning Invisalign aligners is very easy. All the patient has to do is clean it with soap and warm water. Patients should avoid using toothpaste to clean the aligners because they are abrasive and will scratch the surface.
Will my insurance cover Invisalign®?
Yes, most insurance policies cover the cost of treatment. However, it is important to check with the insurance provider to make sure that the treatment is covered before going for it.
Invisalign aligners are very effective orthodontic devices when it comes to straightening teeth. If you have crooked teeth and do not want to use traditional braces, ask your dentist if Invisalign will work for you.
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