Invisalign is a modern treatment system for various types of malocclusion (tooth misalignment). Like braces, Invisalign pushes your teeth into more visually appealing and functional positions over several months. However, it works in a completely different way.
While braces rely on a network of brackets attached to the teeth, wires, and rubber or metal bands, Invisalign uses clear aligners designed to fit over the contours of your teeth. Each aligner pushes your teeth closer toward the end result.
You change aligners every one or two weeks. You will need to wear the aligners for at least 20-22 hours a day.
During the planning process for Invisalign at Smyl Manatee, Dr. Patel uses a smile simulator to show you what your teeth will look like when you’re done with treatment. He uses an intraoral scanner to make aligners that fit perfectly.
Invisalign treats many types of misalignment. While not always the best choice for severe cases, you can usually successfully treat mild to moderate malocclusions, including:
Crooked or crowded teeth can contribute to other dental problems, too. Poorly aligned teeth can place extra stress on your jaw and contribute to temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), and crowded teeth can be hard to clean, which leads to cavities.
Taking great care of your Invisalign aligners helps you stay on track with treatment. It also helps you avoid oral health issues like cavities that can complicate or prolong your orthodontic treatment.
Dr. Patel tells you everything you need to know about aligner care while using Invisalign. You should:
If you lose an aligner, call Smyl Manatee right away.
Learn more about Invisalign and find out if you’re a good candidate by calling Smyl Manatee for an appointment or using the online scheduling feature today.