Unlike traditional braces that come with metal brackets and wires, Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear custom-made aligners (or trays). Here's more on how Invisalign clear aligners work.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a discreet way to straighten your teeth without the hassle of metal brackets and wires. Invisalign orthodontic treatment consists of a series of clear custom trays, known as aligners, to straighten your smile discretely.
When you choose Invisalign, your aligners will be custom made to fit your teeth precisely during each stage of your treatment. Invisalign uses advanced 3D computer imaging technology to create a customized Invisalign treatment plan to meet each patients' unique needs.
About the Aligners
Your Invisalign aligners will look similar to teeth whitening trays except that the aligners have been specially designed to gradually shift your teeth, in tiny increments, until they are in their corrected positions.
Invisalign aligners are made from USP Class VImedical-grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins and are BPA free.
Wearing Your Aligners
In order to straighten your smile with Invisalign, you will wear each set of aligners for 20 to 22 hours every day for about two weeks. At the end of each two week period, you will replace the aligners you've been wearing with the next set in your treatment series. This process continues until your teeth are in their desired positions, and treatment finishes.
One of the key benefits of Invisalign is that you can remove your aligners to eat, drink, brush and floss, or even for those times when you don't want anyone to know that you're straightening your smile. That said, it's important to wear your aligners for the full 20 to 22 hours everyday in order to achieve the best results from your treatment.
Caring for Your Aligners
Caring for your aligners is an important part of your Invisalign treatment. Aligner care is easy, just follow the cleaning instructions provided by your dentist in order to keep your aligners clean and free from bacteria, and plaque.