You’ve heard about Invisalign® and think it sounds really cool, but you aren’t sure what it really is or how it stacks up against regular braces. Fortunately, our Grand Rapids Invisalign orthodontists are in the top 1% of providers of the clear aligners in North America so they are more than happy to help you get started.
Here are our answers to the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign clear aligners.
Invisalign can be described as virtually invisible aligners designed to gradually straighten teeth and adjust a patient’s bite over time. This alternative to traditional metal braces is perfect for individuals looking for straight, healthy teeth without the hassle of metal wires or brackets.
Teens and adults are eligible for and welcome to try Invisalign unless their particular dental situation requires extensive or more traditional orthodontic treatment. Dr. Miller will perform a quick oral examination to confirm your candidacy before aligner production can begin.
Treatment length varies per individual but on average, desired results can be accomplished in 12 months or less. Each set of aligners must be worn for a few weeks. After that time has passed, you’ll proceed to the next set of aligners in the series and continue this process until Dr. Miller sees that your teeth have reached ideal alignment.
Despite their clear appearance, Invisalign aligners operate much like metal braces. The top and bottom aligners fit right over your teeth and carefully apply controlled force to ensure they are moved into a better position. However, no noticeable wires or brackets are needed.
You should wear your aligners for at least 22-23 hours a day. They are removable but should only be taken out when eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing. If instructions are not followed or aligners are not worn for long enough, corrections may be necessary which will delay progress.
As a treatment option, Invisalign has multiple unique benefits when compared to metal braces. Some of those include:
Just like your natural teeth, you should clean clear aligners at least twice daily to ensure they do not stain or accumulate bacteria. It is also encouraged that you run the aligners under lukewarm water every time you take them out. Many patients find it easiest to clean them at the same time they brush their teeth.
It’s best to clean your clear aligners by:
To maintain the ideal alignment of your teeth and prevent any unwanted shifting, Dr. Miller will give you a custom retainer to use. This is the orthodontic retention phase of your treatment and while it may seem annoying, it’s a necessary part of keeping the smile you and Dr. Miller have worked hard to create.
We want you to be sure of your treatment choice so if you have any questions, our Invisalign orthodontists in Grand Rapids, MI, are here to be your guide. Request an appointment for yourself or your child today at Miller Orthodontics by calling (616) 942-9320.