Maybe you’re tired of feeling self-conscious about your smile. Or perhaps you're just looking for a more discreet way to straighten your teeth. If this sounds like you, Invisalign may be the perfect choice to get the smile you’ve always wanted.
These aligners are made of durable plastic trays that gradually shift your teeth into your desired position. Because Invisalign aligners are clear and extremely thin, they’re virtually invisible. Plus, they’re comfortable and removable, so you can eat and brush your teeth without any hassle. Keep your normal routine and watch your teeth transform right before your eyes with Invisalign.
Invisalign aligners are made from a thermoplastic material that's BPA-free.
Before diving into treatment, you’ll have some time to discuss your smile goals with Dr. Dekow. He will also take a detailed look at your bite and smile to see if Invisalign is the right choice for you. Feel free to ask any questions you have about your smile, Invisalign, or other treatment options at this time.
After you’ve been approved to move forward with Invisalign, Dr. Dekow will take scans or impressions of your teeth to make sure your trays are a perfect fit. Once your aligners are ready to wear, you’ll stop by our office to pick them up and begin treatment. If necessary, your dentist may also add small attachments to your teeth to help keep your aligners in place.
While every treatment timeline is unique, you’ll most likely stop by our office every six weeks to pick up your next set of aligners. These check-ins are important — they ensure your treatment is on track and that your Invisalign trays are fitting properly.
Easily take your aligners out to brush, floss, and eat your favorite foods.
Invisalign aligners are made from a smooth, BPA-free plastic material that's gentle on your mouth.
You can keep your normal routine, including your diet, without having to make any major changes.
Improving your smile can also improve your well-being.
Invisalign may be the right solution for your smile, as long as you are free from severe oral health and orthodontic issues. If your dentist notices extensive orthodontic problems, metal or ceramic braces may be recommended. Want to find out which treatment option will best suit your needs? Reach out to our team to schedule a consultation today.
Invisalign is known to be more comfortable than traditional braces, but you may experience some tenderness and soreness as your teeth begin to shift. The gentle pressure applied by the Invisalign aligners prompts your tooth roots to shift, which then causes some minor inflammation and discomfort. If you’re in pain, we recommend taking Tylenol as opposed to ibuprofen, which has anti-inflammatory properties that can alter tooth movement.
Most patients are asked to wear their Invisalign aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, but this timeline may vary based on your specific treatment needs. You’ll most likely only need to remove them to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Consistently wearing your aligners ensures you are getting the most out of your treatment and that your teeth are shifting as quickly as possible.
Caring for Invisalign aligners is simple and straightforward. Gently clean your trays with a soft-bristled toothbrush and water to remove any food particles or plaque. When you remove your aligners to eat, brush, or floss, store them in their case to keep them free from bacteria and damage.
If you lose your aligners or notice any cracks, damage, or wear and tear, don’t hesitate to reach out right away. Avoiding help could prolong your treatment and reverse the progress you have made. We’ll make sure you get a fresh new set of trays as soon as possible so you can carry on with your treatment plan.
We don’t recommend using Invisalign as a nightguard. The clear plastic trays are designed to gently shift your teeth, not protect them. If you struggle with grinding and clenching your teeth at night, getting a night guard and moving forward with traditional braces may be the best option for you. If you notice your aligners are becoming cracked or worn down after waking up, be sure to let your doctor know right away.
Invisalign aligners are made out of clear, thin plastic, making them virtually invisible when worn. Each tray is custom-made to fit your gum line for a seamless finish. However, if you eat or drink with your aligners in, they could become stained, making them more noticeable.
The first step involves taking scans of your teeth to create a digital model of your mouth. This model is then sent to a local lab, where the aligners are crafted using a computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) process. These tools allow for a hyper-precise set of aligners to be made just for you. When the aligners are fully crafted, they are shipped to your doctor to be fitted and delivered to you.
Invisalign attachments, also known as buttons, are small, tooth-colored composite resin dots placed onto your teeth. When you slip your Invisalign aligners over your teeth, they snap over the button. This provides an anchor for your aligners to keep them firmly in place. It also allows your dentist to adjust the position of your teeth more precisely and more effectively throughout your Invisalign treatment.