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Posted on: December 28, 2020
Invisalign: Frequently Asked Questions
If you don’t smile much because of your crooked and misaligned teeth, then the Invisalign system of aligner trays may be the solution for you. Invisalign has been providing people throughout the world with straight, even teeth for almost 30 years. The Invisalign system uses clear, plastic aligner trays that are similar to the whitening trays dentists use. The aligner trays gently move your teeth into the proper alignment, and since they’re virtually invisible, no one will know that you’re wearing them.
Invisalign was developed by several university students and alumni. Anecdotally, they wore the trays throughout their sales presentation to potential investors and removed them after the presentation concluded. The investors were sold, and the Invisalign system has become popular throughout the world.
What Is the Invisalign System?
The trays are made from SmartTrack, which is an ultra-modern polymer that’s been approved by the FDA and contains no BPA, BPS, latex, or gluten. The trays fit your teeth very snugly, so they look like natural teeth, but the gentle pressure they apply will gradually move your teeth into proper alignment.
The procedure takes between 12 and 18 months for most people. Depending on the degree of misalignment, the patient’s dedication to wearing the trays the required 20 to 22 hours daily, and the body’s willingness to realign the jaw, it can take slightly more or slightly less time, but 12 to 18 months is the average.
Does Invisalign Work Well for Everyone?
Most adults and most older teens are good candidates for the Invisalign aligner trays. Those who need severe orthodontic work or have more complex issues may need a more traditional system, but Invisalign usually works well for most people. If you’re interested in Invisalign for yourself or your child, then ask yourself the following:
- Have your teeth stopped growing? Very young children and young teens aren’t usually good candidates for Invisalign. Their teeth are constantly changing as they grow, so it’s difficult to fabricate a set of trays that will fit. Some people also lack the manual dexterity that’s needed to reinsert the trays throughout the day.
- Will you be conscientious about wearing your trays? The trays don’t work if you don’t wear them. Young children or young teens may lack the self-discipline to replace the trays each time they eat or drink, so that they may need a more traditional style of braces. A lackadaisical attitude toward wearing the trays might indicate the need for semi-permanent braces.
- Does invisibility matter to you? Not everyone objects to the wire-and-bracket types of braces, so if this applies to you, then the Invisalign system might not be your best choice. However, if you find the invisibility aspect appealing and you like the option of removing the trays for important events, then Invisalign may work well for you.
Your dentist or orthodontist will advise you of the best type of appliance that will help you achieve your goals, so schedule an appointment today to get started on a great, straight smile.
What’s the Procedure for Getting Invisalign Straightening Trays?
Your procedure may vary slightly depending on your unique needs, but in general, you can expect the following:
- During your evaluation, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to determine if the Invisalign system is your best option.
- If you and your dentist decide that Invisalign will suit you, then we’ll make a mold of your teeth and gums, and we’ll use the mold to fabricate your sets of aligner trays.
- Every week or every other week, you’ll receive a new set of aligner trays that will gently move your teeth into proper alignment.
- Every four to six weeks, you’ll need to come to our office for a progress checkup. You should notice an improvement in your tooth alignment by the date of your first progress checkup.
Will Invisalign Alter My Lifestyle?
The Invisalign system isn’t invasive, but you may need to make some minor adaptations to your daily regimen for the duration of your procedure. Invisalign lifestyle adjustments include:
- Whether you smoke, vape, chew, or dip, you’ll need to stop using tobacco products for the duration of your treatment. Tobacco products will stain your trays the same way they stain your teeth. This would be an ideal time to quit altogether.
- Don’t chew gum while your trays are in.
- Remove your trays whenever you eat or drink anything other than plain water. The pressure applied when chewing can damage your trays, so don’t eat anything when they’re in your mouth. Hot beverages can warp the trays, and if food particles become lodged underneath the trays, decay and cavities can start to form, so be sure to remove the trays before you eat or drink anything.
- Brush and floss after you eat and before replacing your trays. This is also a good time to use an antibacterial mouthwash.
What Happens at the End of the Invisalign Treatment?
When you’ve completed your Invisalign treatment, your dentist will probably recommend that you wear a retainer for a while, usually not more than a year. The retainer is worn only at night, and its purpose is to keep your teeth from reverting to their previous misalignment. It’s important to wear the retainer as directed, and your dentist will recommend the right retainer for your situation, and the time you’ll need to wear it.
Can My Local Dentist Provide Me With Invisalign?
All dental professionals who provide the Invisalign system must be specially trained and certified by Invisalign. If your dentist has an Invisalign certification, then they can provide you with the aligner trays. Otherwise, they may provide you with an imitation, but it won’t be genuine Invisalign aligner trays, which are considered the best available.
If you’re interested in the straight, even teeth that Invisalign can provide, then call Arkansas Maxillofacial Surgery Center at and schedule an evaluation. We can help you obtain the beautifully straight, even teeth that you’ve always wanted, so call us today.
We look forward to speaking with you and working with you.