Misaligned teeth can understandably affect your self-confidence. They’re also much more difficult to clean during your daily brushing and flossing routine, which increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Improper alignment also causes excessive wear on the biting surface of your teeth and is often the underlying cause of headaches and jaw pain.
The Invisalign® system uses clear aligners made from a specially developed thermoplastic material. These custom-made aligners are designed to slip over your teeth and essentially “disappear” once in place. They move your teeth into alignment in a staged sequence that’s determined by your dentist and the molds he creates.
With the Invisalign® technique, you’ll use a series of different aligners designed from the digital mapping Dr. Kimche does at the start of your treatment. Each set of aligners uses controlled force to gradually shift your teeth from their current position and into appropriate alignment. You can expect to switch aligners about every two weeks, continuing the process until your teeth have reached the desired goal.
Dr. Kimche discusses expectations with you before you begin treatment. The length of the process generally depends on your age and the severity of your case. It varies for teens, but adults can generally expect treatment to take about 12 months.
Because they’re virtually invisible, no one may even notice you're wearing the aligners. Although it’s recommended you wear the aligners for 20-22 hours per day, you can easily remove them for normal brushing and flossing. This helps prevent the trapped food debris and plaque buildup often noted with wire and metal braces.
Just like with wire braces, there are certain foods and beverages you should avoid during Invisalign® therapy since they may stick to your aligners or stain them. The good news is, unlike traditional braces, you can remove your aligners when eating and drinking your favorite foods and beverages.
Because Invisalign® aligners don’t require the metal and wire adjustments necessary for traditional braces, you can expect to spend less time on dental visits.
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