Are you considering straightening your smile with Invisalign? This revolutionary system for straightening teeth offers many benefits to patients who want to correct imperfect smiles. Instead of fixed orthodontic appliances, Invisalign utilizes clear, removable aligners to move teeth to straight positions over time. If you are interested in learning about your orthodontic options, you probably want to know what to expect during and after treatment. The duration of treatment largely depends on a patient’s unique needs, as does their post-treatment regimen. Some patients, not all, may need to wear a retainer to maintain healthy tooth placement. Our orthodontist offers insight on what to expect.
What to Expect During Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign treatment is quite different from wearing traditional metal and wire braces. Although Invisalign offers similar results as traditional orthodontia, patients will notice some obvious differences and benefits to wearing clear aligners.
The most noticeable difference with clear aligners is the fact that they are removed for daily oral hygiene and eating. Invisalign does not rely on fixed appliances to move teeth. Instead, custom clear aligners fit over the teeth and apply gentle yet consistent pressure to correct tooth placement.
Clear aligners are also very discreet and practically undetectable by others.
Clear aligners are also very discreet and practically undetectable by others. This means that wearing Invisalign is far less conspicuous than traditional braces. Because of their discreet appearance, many adults prefer Invisalign to traditional braces.
Every two weeks, patients will wear a new set of aligners. Each set will fit tighter than the set before. Within a few months of treatment, patients will begin to see noticeable differences in their smiles. For example, gaps between teeth will become smaller.
What to Expect After Treatment
Some patients may need to wear a retainer after treatment as a precautionary measure. Retainers help keep newly aligned teeth in place. The length of retainer use depends on each patient’s needs. Fortunately, retainers are custom made and are very discreet as well.
To learn more about your orthodontic options, we invite you to schedule a consultation at Bunn Orthodontic Group. We treat children and adults. Call us today to reserve an appointment.