Invisalign An Overview
Invisible braces are a great option for teens as well as adults who do not want to deal with the hassle, look, and feel of metal braces. Dr. Thomas Prendergast is an Invisalign dentist in Fox Lake, IL, providing expert level treatment to safely and comfortably straighten your smile. They are safe, comfortable, convenient and virtually unnoticeable.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of custom molded, removable clear aligners that gradually reposition your teeth for a straighter, healthier and more comfortable smile. There are many advantages to Invisalign:
- They are removable. You can take them out to eat, drink, brush, and floss your teeth easier.
- They are clear and virtually invisible! No one has to know you are wearing them.
- Less dental visits are needed with Invisalign than metal braces.
- Invisalign is a gentle form of treatment and will not cause damage to the teeth, enamel, or gum tissue.
- They are quick. Most patients finish treatment in 6–12 months.
Invisalign vs Braces
Studies show that clear braces may be better for your dental hygiene during treatment compared to traditional metal braces. Because Invisalign aligners are removable, you can brush and floss teeth normally, unlike traditional metal braces which can be difficult to care for and often trap food particles between the braces and teeth.
In addition, you can remove aligners to enjoy the food and drink you like without special restrictions, due to them being removable.
Invisalign is often the perfect solution for teen and adult patients who can benefit from orthodontic treatment but do not want the embarrassment of wearing metal braces. However, there are some instances where metal braces are still the best option. Invisalign isn’t ideal for patients with severe orthodontic concerns.
Caring for Invisalign Aligners
It’s important that you properly take care of your aligners so that they continue to do their job properly. One of the most important things is to keep them clean. Every time you take them out, be sure to rinse them off before you put them back in. They should also be thoroughly cleaned with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste in the morning and evening when you brush your teeth.
Be sure you’re using the right materials to clean it as well. Certain toothpastes, soaps, and mouthwashes can be abrasive and cause damage to your aligners. This is why it’s also important to avoid consuming anything but water when you have your aligners in.
When you aren’t wearing your aligners, store them in your case. Get into a good habit of keeping your case with you all the time. You can easily store them in the case when you’re taking them out to eat or brush, and you won’t be trying to find your aligners to put them back in.