Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment: A Comprehensive Guide
In the past, braces were made of metal and were often uncomfortable and not aesthetically pleasing. Today, the field of orthodontics has changed, and patients of certified Carson Invisalign provider Dr. Maria Cecilia Aluning can take advantage of Invisalign orthodontic treatment. In this comprehensive guide, Dr. Aluning of Carson Dental Care explains everything you need to know about Invisalign orthodontic treatment, including its many benefits and the treatment process.
What is Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment?
Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that has transformed the way people think about orthodontic treatment. This treatment system uses clear, custom-made aligners to straighten teeth gradually. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and removable, making them a popular choice for adults and teens who want to improve their smile without the appearance and inconvenience of metal braces.
During the treatment, a series of custom-made clear aligners are worn over the teeth, which apply gentle pressure to gradually move them into the desired position. The aligners are typically changed every two weeks, with each new set bringing the teeth closer to their final alignment. Invisalign orthodontic treatment can correct a variety of orthodontic issues, including crooked or crowded teeth, gaps, and bite problems.
The Benefits of Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment
Invisalign treatment offers a range of benefits compared to traditional metal braces. Some of the key advantages include:
- Discreet Appearance: Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, making them a popular choice among adults who don’t want the look of traditional metal braces. The clear plastic aligners are custom-made to fit snugly over your teeth, gradually shifting them into their desired position.
- Comfortable Fit: Invisalign aligners are made from a smooth, comfortable plastic material that won’t irritate your gums or cheeks. Unlike metal braces, there are no brackets or wires that can cause discomfort or pain.
- Removable: Invisalign aligners are easily removable for eating, brushing, and flossing. This makes it easy to maintain good oral hygiene throughout the treatment process.
- Efficient: Invisalign treatment can often be completed in less time than traditional braces, with some patients seeing results in as little as six months.
- Customizable: Each set of aligners is designed to fit your unique dental profile and gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. Adjustments are made at regular intervals to ensure optimal results.
The Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment Process
If you’re considering Invisalign® treatment, it’s important to understand the steps involved in the process. Here’s what you can expect:
During your first appointment, Dr. Aluning will evaluate your teeth and determine if Invisalign is the right treatment option for you. She’ll take X-rays and impressions of your teeth using the iTero® Intraoral Scanner.
Using your X-rays and impressions, an Invisalign laboratory will create a series of custom aligners designed to gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. You’ll wear each set of aligners for about two weeks before switching to the next set in the series.
Throughout the treatment process, you will visit Dr. Aluning at our Carson dental office for regular check-ups to monitor your progress and ensure your treatment is on track. Adjustments to your treatment plan may be made as needed to ensure the best possible results.
Finalizing Invisalign Treatment
Once your treatment is complete, Dr. Aluning will provide a retainer to wear at night to help maintain your new smile. She may also give specific instructions for oral hygiene and care to help ensure your teeth remain healthy and beautiful.
Caring For Your Invisalign Clear Aligners
Proper care and maintenance are crucial to ensure the success of your Invisalign orthodontic treatment. Here are some essential tips on how to care for your aligners and keep them in optimal condition:
- Rinse your aligners regularly with lukewarm water to prevent the buildup of bacteria.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your aligners thoroughly at least once a day.
- Avoid using hot water or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the aligners.
- When you’re not wearing your aligners, keep them in their case to prevent loss or damage.
- Don’t eat or drink anything except water while wearing your aligners, as this can cause staining and damage.
- Brush your teeth and rinse your aligners before putting them back in after eating or drinking.