For years, if someone wanted their teeth straightened, the only solution was traditional braces. While the system worked, many people winced at the thought of having a mouthful of metal. Fortunately, a revolutionary new treatment emerged in the last few years: Invisalign® aligners.
Invisalign® aligners are made of clear plastic. So while they’re nearly invisible, they also straighten your teeth without brackets or wires. The dental professionals at The Woodlands Dental Group are experts in providing these aligners. Read on to learn how they work and how you can take care of them.
How Invisalign® aligners work
The clear Invisalign® aligners are custom made for every patient’s mouth. When you have them on, most people won’t even know you’re wearing them. And the process for getting them is simple and a lot less painful than it is for getting traditional braces.
First, impressions are made of your teeth. Those impressions are then used to create your aligners. You are then given a number of sets of aligners, each slightly adjusted to turn your teeth into their optimal positions. Every two weeks or so, you put on a new set until your teeth are aligned. You wear them for 20-22 hours a day, and you come back in for a checkup every 6-8 weeks. The entire process usually takes at least a year.
The great thing is that you can take out your aligners to eat, drink, and brush your teeth, and you’re not limited in what you can eat as you are with regular braces. And while the new aligners will take a few days to get used to, there are no wires or metal brackets as with traditional braces.
Tips to take care of your Invisalign® aligners
When you take out your aligners to eat and drink, make sure you’re mindful of where you put them. It can be easy to take them out and forget about them, especially when you first start wearing them.
Second, you should make sure to not eat or drink anything when your aligners are on. The aligners can stain if you eat or drink with them on. You should always remove them when eating and drinking and then brush your teeth thoroughly before putting them back in place.
Third, you should keep your aligners clean. You can rinse them, soak them, brush them, and even use some gentle soap to clean them off. Just make sure to dry them when you’re done.
Finally, keep them out of the heat and direct sunlight. Since they’re plastic, they can get misshapen if they get too hot.
If you want to see if Invisalign® aligners can help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with The Woodlands Dental Group today.