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Invisalign 101: How to Straighten Your Teeth the Easy Way

invisalign 101

Suffering through the embarrassment and discomfort of metal braces is a Rite of Passage for most teenagers. If you were lucky enough to skip this milestone as a kid, it might be catching up to you as an adult.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to cope with the pain and humiliation of unsightly metal braces at the age of 30 or 45. Invisalign makes it possible to fix your misaligned teeth without anybody realizing your secret.

Invisalign uses a system of plastic aligner trays to quickly, comfortably, and subtly straighten your teeth without any of the downsides of out-dated metal braces.

The Dangers of Crooked Teeth

Crooked teeth aren’t just unattractive. They’re also extremely dangerous to your dental health.

Left untreated, crooked teeth can lead to periodontal disease. Common misalignment issues like crowding, spacing, and poor bite make it difficult to remove plaque from certain areas. If that plaque isn’t properly brushed and flossed away, it has the chance to spread and trigger gum inflammation and tooth decay. This eventually turns into gingivitis, the early stages of gum disease.

Unfortunately, untreated gingivitis progresses to full-blown periodontal disease. The most common complications of periodontal disease include severe infection, bone loss, and tooth loss.

Not only will periodontal disease threaten your quality of life and limit your ability to speak and chew, it will also force you to pay thousands of dollars for reconstructive dental work in the future. It’s so much easier to prevent these problems by straightening your teeth now!

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign is a cutting-edge teeth alignment system that uses a treatment plan of flexible plastic aligners to shift your teeth into their proper positions. The FDA-approved aligners are thin and clear, so they fit snugly over your teeth without causing any obvious changes to your appearance.

The entire Invisalign treatment process occurs with the support of your dentist. You’ll work together to create a treatment plan that outlines the exact movement of your teeth as they shift into straighter positions. Once you receive a customized set of clear aligners designed with advanced SmartTrack® thermoplastic material, you can begin. The aligners work in a specific order to gently shift and push your teeth into an attractive and straight arrangement.

You can expect to swap one aligner for the next every 1 to 2 weeks as long as you wear each set for 20 to 22 hours per day. It’s okay to take out your Invisalign aligners when you brush, floss, eat, and drink, as long as you wear them at all other times. With just a bit of effort, you’ll experience a strategic step-by-step transformation until you achieve your beautiful new smile.

Is Invisalign Right For You?

Invisalign is a great solution for most teenagers and adults seeking a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to braces. The Invisalign protocol uses advanced technology proven to fix nearly all common teeth-straightening bit issues. This means simple and complex issues alike can be addressed using these invisible aligners. If you’re not sure, just ask your dentist for professional advice and work toward a personalized solution.

How Long Will Invisalign Take to Fix My Smile?

This is just one of the many benefits of choosing Invisalign as your teeth-straightening system! The average treatment time is only 12 to 18 months, and you may even start to notice results in just weeks. Of course, every case is different, so only your dentist can determine your exact treatment protocol based upon your mouth’s specific condition and needs.

Overall, Invisalign tends to work faster than standard braces. Some patients achieve their new, straight smile in just six months.

What Are the Benefits of Using Invisalign?

Invisalign is a comfortable, versatile, and effective treatment that helps teens and adults alike straighten their teeth without any of the embarrassment or pain common with standard metal braces. You can expect to enjoy the following benefits when you select an Invisalign plan. 

Removable and Invisible

Some of the best perks of using Invisalign are the benefits that metal braces can’t offer. Your Invisalign aligners are so thin and clear that nobody will notice you’re even wearing them– you definitely can’t say that about traditional braces! 

You can also remove your aligners whenever you eat, drink, brush, and floss to make those tasks easier and more enjoyable. It’s even possible to remove your Invisalign trays for special events like weddings, job interviews, and playing sports. As long as you wear them for a total of 20-22 hours a day, you’ll enjoy maximum results.

Faster Results with Less Pain

No teeth straightening procedure is completely painless, since shifting your teeth within your gums is bound to cause an uncomfortable sensation. However, Invisalign creates such a gentle shifting motion that you should only experience slight, subtle discomfort, compared to the intense pain often caused by harsh metal braces.

The slight discomfort you feel during the first few weeks is a good sign. It means that your aligners are doing their job! You’ll quickly adjust to this pressure and enjoy the remainder of the Invisalign process virtually pain-free.

Even better, Invisalign’s gentle treatment process can deliver results faster than normal braces. You may notice changes to your mouth’s alignment in a matter of weeks. Most patients find that the full treatment process lasts anywhere from 6 to 18 months.

Safe and Reliable

Invisalign aligners are 100% free of BPA, BPA, latex, and gluten. They’re also FDA-approved, so you can trust their safety and quality.

The plastic material used to create your Invisalign trays are made of medical-grade, high molecular weight, thermoplastic polymers. In other words, they’re formed with a material that has a long history of safe use inside the human body. It’s been FDA-approved for use in Invisalign aligners since 1998, so you have more than two decades of proof that this is a reliable treatment option.

Getting Started With Invisalign

Not every dentist is qualified to guide patients through the Invisalign process. It’s important to find a Cosmetic Dentist with extensive experience with Invisalign treatment so that you know you’re trusting your mouth to an expert.

Dr. Acopian and her team at North Brand Dental specialize in cosmetic dentistry services in Glendale, CA, including Invisalign. Straightening your teeth doesn’t have to be a hassle! Call (818) 244-7215 now if you’re ready to improve the appearance of your smile once and for all.

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