What you should know about Invisalign
Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign can correct a lot of orthodontic problems, especially less severe spacing and alignment issues. The trays are especially good for re-aligning teeth in adults who have had braces as kids, but maybe didn’t wear their retainers as long as they should have.
If your condition needs major shifts in your teeth or jaw structure, Invisalign may not be the right treatment for you
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign uses a clear plastic aligner that snaps over your teeth. You wear the aligner for 18-20 hours a day and take it out when you eat and when you brush and floss your teeth. Every two weeks you get a new aligner with a slightly different shape. Your teeth gradually move to their new position over the course of 20 to 30 aligners.
What will happen at my first appointment?
Your orthodontist will do a complete survey of your mouth’s structure: the roof of your mouth, jaws and teeth. She’ll take photographs of your teeth and take 3D, digital X-Rays. She’ll also take an impression of your teeth that a lab will use to make your Invisalign aligners.
What is it like to wear Invisalign?
Unlike traditional braces, which require 1-2 hours of chair time, Invisalign trays just pop in. When it’s time to eat, you just pop them out. Same goes for brushing and flossing.