Invisalign is a popular option for individuals looking to improve their smile without resorting to metal braces. At Mai Dentistry, our skilled professionals have the training necessary to give patients a smile they’ve always wanted.
What is Invisalign?
These braces consist of a series of clear plastic aligner trays. They’re customized to fit your teeth, making them more comfortable than traditional braces. Another benefit of going with Invisalign braces vs. metal ones is that they’re more aesthetically pleasing and they don’t cut the soft tissues like cheeks, lips, tongue, etc. as much. In addition, you can remove these aligners when you eat or brush to avoid food build-up.
How Does the Process Work?
Upon your first visit, the professionals at Mai Dentistry provide you with a comprehensive exam to assess your teeth. From there, the dentist develops an individualized treatment plan to address your dental issues. After completing the exam and necessary dental work, pictures of your teeth and face are taken before creating custom impressions of your teeth.
All information collected during your dental sessions gets sent to Invisalign. There, they start fabricating your custom aligners. It typically takes a few weeks to build the aligners. Once they’re ready, Invisalign sends them to Mai Dentistry to provide directly to patients.
Once you receive your aligners, you can expect to wear them for 22 hours per day. Patients typically come back to Mai Dentistry every 4-6 weeks for a routine visit and to receive new aligners. In addition, the dentist checks to make sure that you’re making adequate progress.
Who Can Use Invisalign?
The following groups are eligible to wear Invisalign braces:
- Patients who previously wore braces
- Patients wishing to correct slight gaps
- Patients dealing with the minor shifting of the teeth that’s less than 20 degrees
- Patients having mild to moderate crowding
How Long Does It Take For Invisalign To Work?
While treatment times vary, patients typically wear these braces anywhere from ten to 24 months.
Do You Need a Retainer?
Because shifting can occur upon completing your Invisalign treatment, dentists typically recommend retainers to maintain your results. Retainers are an important part of the process. It’s essential that you wear them at night as directed.
Who Wears Invisalign?
Patients who opt for these braces tend to be those looking for a discreet way to straighten their teeth to achieve a perfect smile. That makes them an excellent option for adults and teenagers. However, keep in mind that your dentist may recommend metal braces for more severe orthodontic issues.