Many patients struggle with teeth that are misaligned or improperly spaced. In the past, such a problem would normally force a patient to wear metal braces for a couple of years. But today, this type of problem can often be treated using Invisalign invisible aligners. By wearing a series of custom-fitted aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, a person can straighten their smile, correct spacing issues and greatly improve their oral health.
An Invisalign aligner is a tightly fitted device that a patient wears over their teeth in order to slowly adjust their positioning. Although the aligners can be taken out at any time, the patient is strongly encouraged to keep them in their mouth at virtually all times. In fact, the only real time that patient should take out their Invisalign aligner is when they are eating food or drinking anything other than water. This is very important for achieving the desired results.
Some of the reasons people use Invisalign aligners include:
Approximately every two weeks, the patient will replace their current aligner with a new one. The new aligner should feel considerably tighter than the previous one, but it should begin to loosen slightly in the coming days. This is a positive sign, as it means that the Invisalign aligner is doing its job of adjusting the positioning of the teeth. Invisalign aligners achieve fast results because they are custom-made to fit the user’s teeth.
Invisalign aligners offer many advantages when compared with traditional metal braces. The primary benefits come from the fact that Invisalign aligners can be taken out as needed. This means that a user can eat and drink whatever they would like while receiving Invisalign treatment, and they will not need to make any major changes to their usual oral care practices. Invisalign aligners are also ideal for athletes, as they do not present any injury risks.
Invisalign aligners may be able to help you achieve a better, more pleasing smile and improved oral health. The dental care experts at McLeanSmiles can determine if your teeth can benefit from Invisalign treatment. Please call us at (203) 293-0030 to schedule an appointment.