Invisalign: A Straighter Smile Without Metal Braces
By Dr. Jonathan Stone
June 05, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

Invisalign TrayDo you have questions about Invisalign from your Wayne, PA, dentist?

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is discreet. Invisalign consists of plastic, clear aligners. If a patient has minor tooth imperfections, like slightly crooked teeth, small gaps, or improperly positioned teeth, Invisalign is a great option.

What is Invisalign?

Traditional braces may be necessary if there are major cosmetic issues, like severe overbite, or major crowding.

Invisalign works by applying forces to each tooth to place them in their proper position. The clear, flexible plastic is custom-designed using a specialized software. It is convenient for adults and older teens.

The treatment may take about one year, depending on your dental needs, and consists of trays that fit your upper and bottom teeth. Trays should be worn for a minimum of 20 hours per day and can be removed if you have an event, but that's unnecessary since they're invisible.

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

Invisalign allows you to have more dietary choices. Simply biting into an apple can ruin traditional wires, but you don't need to worry about that when it comes to clear aligners. Aligners are comfortable because the thin, flexible material of Invisalign doesn't irritate soft tissues in the mouth, unlike metal wires of braces. There's definitely an improved oral hygiene since Invisalign is removable. This means you can brush and floss your teeth with ease, as well as clean out the trays. If you have a teeth-grinding problem, clear aligners can act as a nightguard.

How do you care for your aligners?

In order to take proper care of your clear aligners, as mentioned above, you need to clean them out daily. Rinse them with lukewarm water and use a brush to remove food debris. Also, brush your teeth twice a day, at the very least, and floss at least once before bed.

Visit your Wayne dentist periodically during and after your treatment. You'll need to wear retainers given to you and have your teeth professionally cleaned to prevent plaque buildup and formation of cavities.

If you have any questions or need more information about Invisalign, call your Wayne, PA, dentist, Dr. Jonathan Stone, today!

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