A crooked, uneven smile can be a source of serious embarrassment, especially for teens and adults who are concerned about projecting an attractive, intelligent, and professional image. These same appearance-conscious people usually make the best candidates for Invisalign, thanks to its discreet design. Invisalign might just be the right orthodontic solution for your smile, but only your dentist will know for sure. Read through some frequently asked questions to learn more about this innovative clear braces system.
How Does Invisalign Work?
The Invisalign system consists of several series of clear, plastic trays that fit snugly over your teeth and gently move your teeth – roots and crowns – into their most ideal position. While traditional metal braces are bonded directly to the tooth’s surface, Invisalign trays can be removed during meals and while you brush and floss.
Are the Aligners Really Invisible?
Invisalign trays resemble a mouthguard, but are clear and made from very thin plastic. They fit snugly over the teeth and from a normal speaking distance are not noticeable at all. Most of the time, your friends and co-workers won’t realize you’re wearing anything on your teeth unless you tell them.
Will Invisalign Hurt?
Many patients experience a little soreness for a day or two when they move up to the first tray in a new series of trays. This occurs because your teeth (and the bone, muscles, and other structures holding them in place) have to become accustomed to their new position. However, Invisalign does not cause the same wear and tear on the gums, inner cheeks, and lips because the trays are made of smooth plastic.
How Long Will I have to Wear Invisalign?
The duration of your treatment plan will ultimately depend on the needs of your smile. People with minor crowding or overlapping issues may complete treatment in as little as 9 months, although the average treatment time for Invisalign is 12 months. It’s important to note that is you do not follow your treatment plan to the letter (and that usually means wearing your trays at all times except while eating and brushing/flossing) your treatment time could run longer than expected.