If you’re self-conscious about your smile, clear aligners are an ideal solution for straighter, more attractive teeth. The experienced dental team at Select Dental & Orthodontics in Torrance, California, offers Invisalign® for patients who want to correct orthodontic concerns, such as crooked teeth and overbites, without the apparent wires and brackets of braces. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about Invisalign.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses custom-made clear aligners to straighten teeth and correct malocclusions (bite problems). Clear aligners are transparent and removable, so you can complete orthodontic treatment without the visibility of braces.
Invisalign works similarly to braces. The clear aligners are designed to place gradual tension on your teeth. They shift each tooth into the correct position over time. Each set of aligners targets different teeth. Within 6-18 months, your teeth are noticeably straighter.
You may find several advantages when choosing Invisalign for your orthodontic treatment, including:
Invisalign is clear and discreet, so you can straighten your smile without feeling self-conscious.
Unlike braces, which remain fixed to your teeth, you can take clear aligners out to brush, floss, and care for your teeth.
While popcorn kernels, candy, and caramels can stick to braces, they’re easier to clear when you can remove your clear aligners.
Invisalign also offers a higher level of independence than braces. You can take them out for special occasions. You also have fewer appointments than you would with braces and other fixed orthodontic devices.
When you arrive for Invisalign, your initial dental exam includes digital X-rays and a teeth cleaning. The team also uses an intraoral scanner to take highly accurate impressions of your teeth for the perfect fit. It takes about 2-3 weeks to create your clear aligners.
Once you receive your first set, follow the detailed instructions on how to use them, which includes wearing them for at least 22 hours each day to stay on track with your treatment plan. You should only remove your aligners when eating or drinking anything other than water, and when you brush and floss.
Caring for your clear aligners is essential to preserve your oral health and remain on course with your treatment. To protect your Invisalign aligners, you should:
The team may schedule routine appointments to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan through the Invisalign software.
Call Select Dental & Orthodontics today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about Invisalign.