When people think of braces, they usually picture traditional orthodontics with metal brackets and wires. However, Invisalign is another option that can address the same orthodontic concerns, but without the obvious mouthful of metal. That’s why Invisalign appeals to so many people. Of course, they may still have questions that need answering before beginning orthodontic treatment. Here, Dr. Montgomery answers some frequently asked questions about Invisalign in Plano.
With Invisalign, you wear pairs of clear plastic aligners instead of metal braces. The pairs are organized in a specific sequence; as you progress from one pair to the next, you’ll gradually begin to see your teeth move.
The targeted placement of controlled force moves your teeth into proper alignment. But not only is the force controlled, it is also timed, so that only certain teeth move during each phase of treatment.
You may notice mild discomfort when switching from one pair of aligners to the next. However, this should go away in just a couple of days. One thing you don’t have to worry about with Invisalign is a metal bracket irritating your gums or a wire poking your cheek.
The obvious advantage of Invisalign is that the aligners are hardly noticeable in normal social and professional settings. In addition, Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can take them out whenever you want to eat and drink or when it’s time to brush and floss your teeth.
It is very important to keep your aligners clean. Dry saliva and plaque are a perfect breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Rinse them every night and brush gently with your toothbrush. There is also an Invisalign cleaning system that will help to keep the aligners clear and odor-free.
Dr. Montgomery recommends patients wear their Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours each day, removing them only for eating, brushing and flossing. Any fewer hours and the total treatment time might need to be extended.
Your individual orthodontic needs will determine the length of treatment time. However, most adults are able to complete their orthodontic care with Invisalign in 12 to 24 months, which is comparable to traditional metal braces.