Invisalign is a brand of clear aligner therapy that relies on a series of removable trays to straighten your teeth. The aligner trays are custom-made for your teeth, and each one moves your teeth a little bit closer to their ideal position. Invisalign aligners are made of smooth, comfortable plastic that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums.
What are aligners?
Invisalign clear aligners are thin, plastic mouth guards that you wear over your upper and lower teeth to straighten them gradually. You receive a new set of aligners every two weeks to continue moving your teeth into their desired position. The aligners are virtually invisible to other people. You’re only required to wear them for about 22 hours per day, removing them before you eat and brush your teeth.
An alternative to traditional braces, Invisalign works using a series of clear aligner trays that gradually shift your teeth into place. These trays are smooth and comfortable, and they’re easy to remove for eating and brushing. The trays are virtually invisible, so most people won’t even know that you’re straightening your smile! Our dentist can help you decide if Invisalign is the right treatment option for you by going over your treatment plan with you in detail. Give us a call to learn more and set up your next visit with us!
Advantages of aligners
The clear aligner trays are removable, so you can take them out to eat, drink, and brush your teeth. You can remove the trays when you brush and floss your teeth to remove food and plaque from your teeth thoroughly. You can also eat the foods you love without worrying about breaking your aligners, and you can clean your teeth much more quickly than you could with traditional metal brackets.
Since you can take out your clear aligners, you can switch out the tray for a more comfortable fit as your mouth changes shape until the treatment is complete. This is especially helpful for younger patients who are still growing and developing their smiles. A poor-fitting straightening device may cause damage that is difficult to repair while the adult teeth are coming in. By switching out aligners as needed during the alignment process, you can avoid long-term damage to both the teeth and the jaw.
Aligners are completely invisible when worn, so no one will know that you are receiving orthodontic treatment unless you choose to tell them. This option is appealing to many patients who want to straighten their teeth but don’t want anyone to know they are undergoing the treatment. This convenient option fits into your daily life without interrupting it. However, you will need to keep the trays on for at least 22 hours per day to ensure the treatment is as effective as possible.
Aligners also give you the benefit of fewer dental visits, making this a more convenient way to align your smile. Most patients only need to visit our orthodontist every six to eight weeks to have their custom-fitted aligners checked during our complimentary check-up appointments.
To find out more about the dental services offered at our dental practice, call (801)- 269-0303 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 155 E 13800 S Ste F4, Draper, UT, Draper 84020.