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By Elkhart Dental Center
March 15, 2019
Tags: invisalign   Retainers   Adult Braces  

Invisalign Clear BracesHave questions about Invisalign? Invisalign is the clear alternative to metal braces and improves your smile without disrupting your life. Dr. Sangyoung Lee at Elkhart Dental Center in Elkhart, IN, offers orthodontic treatment with Invisalign to their patients.

What is Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign treatment is the process of wearing a series of custom-made aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. No wires, brackets, or restrictions that come with traditional braces. Invisalign treatment is a great solution for teenagers and adults looking for a virtually invisible method to enhance their smile.

What are the aligners made of?

Your Elkhart, IN, dentist will supply you with a set of Invisalign aligner trays. These trays are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for your treatment plan. They are worn for about two weeks, then you switch to a new set of trays.

How does Invisalign straighten teeth?

Invisalign aligner trays straighten teeth through the placement of controlled force on the teeth. You will need to wear your aligner trays for about 20 to 22 hours every day, except to brush, floss, and eat. Invisalign aligner trays move your teeth in small increments.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

  • Invisalign aligner trays are transparent and work with your lifestyle.
  • They're nearly invisible, so most people won't notice that you're wearing them.
  • With traditional braces, you have to avoid eating certain foods because they can get stuck in your braces.
  • Invisalign aligners can be removed for special occasions, eating, brushing, and flossing.

How long does treatment take?

It takes between 9 to 18 months to create a brand new smile using Invisalign. The average length of your treatment depends on the severity of your condition and can be determined by your dentist. Before you start treatment, you will know how long your treatment will take and what your teeth are expected to look like.

Will I need a retainer after treatment?

Wearing a retainer after orthodontic treatment is an important step because it keeps your teeth stable in their new positions. If you want your teeth to remain in their new positions, it's best to wear a retainer. In many cases, the patient's last aligner will be their temporary retainer, until their retention option is determined.

What's the best way to clean my aligners?

Rinse your aligner trays every night and brush them gently with a toothbrush to keep them clean. The best way to make sure your aligners are clean is to soak them in Invisalign Cleaning Crystals or a denture cleaner. To maintain proper hygiene, you should brush your teeth after meals and before you reinsert your aligners.

How do I get started with Invisalign?

You can get started with Invisalign by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Lee. At your first consultation, he will discuss your needs and evaluate whether Invisalign treatment is suitable for you.

Invisalign will do you and your smile a world of good. Call Elkhart Dental Center Elkhart, IN, at 574-522-0156 to schedule a consultation today!