Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses trays made from BPA-free flexible thermoplastic known as SmartTrack to correct tooth alignment issues. Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit perfectly over your teeth and are hardly noticeable to the naked eye. As the treatment progresses, the aligners are replaced with a new set every two to three weeks.
Why Do You Need Invisalign?
Invisalign can treat the following dental problems:
- Open bite
- Crowded teeth
- Gaps between teeth
Benefits of Choosing Invisalign Over Metal Braces
Invisalign aligners are specially crafted without any sharp edges and they are very comfortable to wear, which isn't the case with metal braces. They are also transparent and can be removed when eating, so you won’t have to worry about food particles getting stuck.
Invisalign can also be removed for brushing and flossing, helping you maintain proper oral hygiene. This way, you can prevent plaque accumulations and the dental issues they cause. Invisalign aligners are easy to clean and maintain and the duration of the treatment is generally shorter than with metal braces.
How Does Invisalign Work?
During your first visit, the dentist will take X-rays and dental scans to assess your concerns, design the Invisalign trays, and plan your treatment. The specifications are sent to the dental lab that fabricates the clear aligners. Once they are ready, the dentist will check their fit and make any necessary adjustments.
For the Invisalign aligners to shift the teeth into their correct positions, you must wear them for 22 hours each day. After about 2 weeks, the dentist will check your progress and, if the current set of aligners has completed their function, the dentist will give you your new set.
The entire treatment can take from a few months to 18 months, depending on the severity of your condition. Once the treatment is completed, the dentist will recommend wearing retainers to keep the teeth in their new positions.
To find out more about Invisalign treatment and its benefits, reach out to Oak Tree Dental Care in Seattle, WA. To schedule a consultation with our dentists in Seattle WA, call(206) 363-4300, book online, or visit us at 10004 Aurora Ave N Suite 14, Seattle, WA 98133.