Here, our dentists in Nanaimo share what you can expect before, during, and after your treatment with Invisalign clear aligners and how they can help straighten your smile.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of custom-made clear aligners that can help straighten your teeth without using traditional wire and metal braces.
Typically, you’ll wear each set of aligners for about two weeks before switching to the next set in the series. During that time, the aligners will make gradual, tiny adjustments to your teeth.
Your dentist will determine your specific needs and decide the duration of your treatment plan. You can remove your custom aligners during your treatment for drinking, eating, brushing, and flossing. Here are 5 ways your smile will change during your treatment:
Better Cleanliness During & After Treatment
Since the Invisalign trays can be removed, you can take them out when it's time to brush and floss your teeth, so you'll be able to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly throughout your treatment.
You can also clean your Invisalign clear aligners - all you need to do is rinse them or clean them with the Invisalign cleaning crystals. This can help you keep your teeth and gums healthy while your teeth are being straightened.
Teeth Become Straighter
Before you begin your treatment, your teeth may be gapped, crooked, or misaligned. Invisalign can help treat any of these issues - individually or in combination.
Your results will vary depending on your individual treatment plan, but overall, as long as you comply with the prescribed treatment plan, when you look in the mirror you can expect to see straighter teeth after treatment with Invisalign.
Gaps between your teeth may also be reduced, and your bite may also improve. Regardless of the issues that were treated, you’ll likely find that you enjoy sharing your new, straighter smile with everyone you meet.
Improved Dental Health
If you properly wear your Invisalign clear aligners and only take them out when you need to eat, drink, or clean your teeth, each of your teeth will get just the correct amount of pressure for the right duration of time. The exact number of aligners you will have to wear depends on the nature of your misalignment. Long-term, you will benefit from healthier gums and better dental health as a result of your straighter teeth.
Helps Crowding or Misaligned Teeth
Misaligned or crowded teeth can impact the physical appearance and contribute to poor oral health. Misalignments can be improved with Invisalign. The key to success is in sticking to the custom treatment plan your dentist will develop for you.
Instead of moving all of your teeth at once, each phase of your treatment focuses on a few of your teeth at a time. It’s important that you follow the plan your dentist prescribes and wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day, no matter which issue is being treated. After a successful treatment process, your crowded or misaligned teeth should be straight, and you'll be able to reveal a straighter smile.
Increased Levels of Comfort
Since Invisalign clear aligners are crafted from smooth plastic, they could be fairly comfortable when being worn. Also, since the plastic is transparent plastic, observers could have a hard time seeing them as they discreetly make your teeth straighter.