Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment system that uses clear plastic trays to straighten teeth instead of traditional metal braces. As a patient, you will wear a series of aligners, each slightly straighter than the last. At Knoxville Orthodontics, the trays are designed to gradually shift your teeth into place over time, gently reshaping your smile without causing irritation or pain associated with metal wires and brackets. Caring for the aligners is easy; you can remove the trays to brush, floss, and eat as usual.
At your appointments, you will receive a new set of aligners every few weeks to continue straightening your teeth. The number of aligners varies from person to person, but most patients complete their treatment plans in about one year. Some patients even use Invisalign as a more discreet alternative to traditional braces for their teenage children!
The Benefits of Invisalign
Your aligner trays will not irritate your gums like traditional braces often do, and you won’t need to visit the dentist as often because you can remove your aligners to eat and clean your teeth. Invisalign is also more comfortable than traditional metal braces. Many patients report that the aligners don’t tend to rub against their cheeks and make their mouths feel sore like more traditional braces do.
Another benefit of Invisalign is that the treatment time tends to be shorter than treatment with traditional braces. Some patients have their teeth straightened in as little as six months. With conventional braces, the treatment time can sometimes span from nine months to two years or longer.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets. Using the digital model of your mouth, your provider will create a personalized treatment plan outlining the exact movements your teeth need to make to achieve your desired results. After treatment, you will also see a 3D representation of what your teeth will look like. Based on your treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners will be created for you to wear. Each set of aligners is designed to shift your teeth into their desired positions gradually. You will typically wear each set of aligners for about two weeks before switching to the next set.
You must visit your Invisalign provider periodically throughout your treatment to ensure your teeth move as planned. Your provider will evaluate your progress at these appointments and provide you with the next aligners. You must wear your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours daily to achieve the best results.
Once you’ve completed your Invisalign treatment, you’ll have the smile you’ve always wanted and the confidence to show it off! If you’d like to learn more about Invisalign and whether it’s the right orthodontic option, visit the best dentist in Knoxville, TN - Knoxville Orthodontics at one of our three locations. or give us a call for the best dental care.