When you hear the term “Invisalign,” you may think that this is a type of orthodontic device. However, it’s actually a type of treatment. Invisalign is a series of clear plastic aligners that are used to straighten teeth without using metal wires or brackets.
Read on as a Miami Beach, FL dentist talks about Invisalign and what they do.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces. It uses a series of smooth, comfortable aligners that you wear on your teeth to gradually move them into place.
Invisalign aligners are made from a special kind of plastic called polystyrene. This material is soft and flexible, making it ideal for use in medical devices such as dentures and retainers–and also for Invisalign braces! The unique qualities of this material allow it to be molded into many different shapes while still remaining strong enough for everyday use.
Invisalign can be worn during the day as well as at night when you sleep. Your dentist will give you instructions on how long to wear each individual aligner, but most patients wear their aligners for 22 hours per day with only periodic removal for eating or drinking.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign braces are made up of a series of aligners that gradually shift your teeth into place without metal wires or brackets attached to them. The aligners fit over your teeth like a mouth guard and are only worn for about two weeks at a time before you swap out for another set (usually every six weeks).
They’re less visible than traditional metal braces because there aren’t any metal wires or brackets attached to them.
The Invisalign Treatment Process
You’ll begin by wearing the first set of aligners for about two weeks, then switch to another set that will move your teeth even further in the right direction over the next two weeks. Each new set of aligners moves your teeth closer together until you reach your desired result.
As you begin your treatment, you’ll be given a plan for how long to wear your aligners. Invisalign recommends that patients wear their aligners for at least 20 hours per day. However, if you’d like to wear them more than 20 hours each day (or less), that’s fine too!
You’ll continue this process until all of your treatment is complete and you have straight teeth. On average, the process usually takes about 18 months.
And if you have more questions or wish to schedule an Invisalign consultation, please feel free to call us, your local Miami Beach, FL dentist office, today!