If you or a loved one has considered getting braces, chances are you've heard of Invisalign. A popular alternative to metal braces, the Invisalign clear aligners are braces that are custom-made for the patient. Not only do these braces fit comfortably over the teeth, but they are practically invisible. This means very few people will be able to tell that a patient with an Invisalign has braces. If you want to straighten your smile, here is some more information about these aligners.
How Does Invisalign Work?
The aligners work by shifting the teeth gradually to the right position. Invisalign aligners can move the teeth vertically and horizontally. In fact, when necessary, the aligners can rotate the teeth to the right position. These aligners have been engineered to exert the optimal amount of force at the ideal time and in the correct place. In most cases, you will change your set of aligners every single week. The doctor will plan out the custom treatment for you after the initial consultation, which involves taking 3D digital images of your teeth and possibly doing a physical impression.
Taking Care Of Invisalign Aligners
Most people are pleased to learn that taking care of the aligners is fairly simple. The only change that you need to make to your bedtime routine is cleaning the aligners every night. You can use a soft toothbrush and lukewarm water to clean your aligners every night. Another option that you have is buying an Invisalign cleaning kit. Other than cleaning your aligners every night, there is nothing else you need to do.
Maintain Oral Hygiene
Many people struggle to maintain their oral hygiene when wearing metal braces. However, if you choose to get this type of aligner, you will find it far easier to maintain your oral hygiene. All you need to do is remove the aligners and you will be able to floss and brush your teeth as normal.
Invisalign aligners won't have a major impact on your day-to-day life. As you probably know, wearing metal braces comes with many food restrictions, because crunchy and sticky foods can get stuck in the wires and brackets. However, since these aligners don't have brackets or wires, there are very few food restrictions. In fact, you should remove them before eating. Therefore, you don't need to give up your favorite foods for a few years to achieve a perfect smile.
Playing contact sports is still possible with Invisalign. Since there are no sharp brackets, you won't have to be concerned about injuring your gums. Also, you can remove the aligners to put on a mouthguard, if necessary.
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