How Does Invisalign Work?

By Dr. Steven L. Rattner DDS & Associates
June 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Invisalign TrayDo you have questions about Invisalign from your Gaithersburg, MD, dentists?

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is discreet. Invisalign consists of plastic, clear aligners. if a patient has minor tooth imperfections, like slightly crooked teeth, small gaps, or improperly positioned teeth, Invisalign is a great option.

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Invisalign works by applying forces to each tooth to place them in their proper position. The clear, flexible plastic is custom-designed using a specialized software. It is convenient for adults and older teens who have job interviews, weddings, or prom to attend.

Traditional braces may be necessary if there are major cosmetic issues, but Invisalign will straighten your teeth!

The treatment may take about one year, depending on your dental needs, and consists of custom-made trays that fit your upper and bottom teeth. Trays should be worn for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours per day, and can be removed if you have an event.

Invisalign allows you to have more dietary choices. Simply biting into an apple can ruin traditional wires, but you don't need to worry about that when it comes to clear aligners.

  • There's definitely an improved oral hygiene since Invisalign is removable.
  • Aligners are comfortable because the thin, flexible material of Invisalign doesn't irritate soft tissues in the mouth, unlike metal wires of braces.
  • If you have a teeth-grinding problem, clear aligners can act as a nightguard.
  • You can brush and floss your teeth with ease, as well as clean out the trays.

Taking care of your aligners is important but easy. Rinse them with lukewarm water and use a brush to remove food debris, brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once before bed. Don't forget to visit your Gaithersburg dentist periodically during and after your treatment. You'll need to wear retainers and have your teeth professionally cleaned to prevent plaque buildup, cavities and tooth decay.

If you have any questions or need more information about Invisalign, call your Gaithersburg, MD, dentists, Dr. Steven Rattner and Dr. Maryam Roosta, at (301) 987-5527 today!