Invisalign 101: What to Expect

Do you have crooked teeth or a misaligned bite? You may be interested in straightening your smile for a boost in your self-esteem. If dislike the idea of having metal brackets and wires in your mouth, Invisalign could be the solution you’re looking for!

Over the past 20+ years since Invisalign first became available, over six million people worldwide have straightened their teeth using this technology. The aligners are made of BPA-free, medical-grade, FDA-approval thermoplastic for your health and safety. Learn a little more about what to expect if you use Invisalign to straighten your teeth.

How Invisalign Works

The process begins with a consultation at your dentist’s office. X-rays, photos, and an impression of your teeth are transferred to an advanced computer system that digitally maps out the exact movements needed to straighten your smile.

Invisalign comes in a series of custom-fit upper and lower aligners, which you wear for one to two weeks at a time until your teeth have achieved their desired positions. Treatment typically takes nine to 15 months. During that time, you may need to visit your dentist every four to six weeks to ensure things are progressing nicely.

The Cost of Invisalign

For most patients, Invisalign costs about the same as traditional braces. The exact treatment price depends on the complexity of your case and your insurance coverage. Financing options help make Invisalign affordable, no matter your situation.

What it’s Like to Wear Invisalign Aligners

The thin, smooth aligners should fit comfortably over your teeth. You may feel temporary discomfort for the first few days of wearing each new aligner as it applies gentle force to slowly shift your teeth. Over-the-counter painkillers are usually an effective treatment. If a new aligner irritates your gums, your dentist can shave down the plastic to help it fit better.

Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic, so they’re virtually invisible. Most people won’t be able to tell you’re wearing them! Still, you can remove the aligners for special occasions, such as class pictures, weddings, and job interviews. You can also take them out to eat, chew gum, or play woodwind instruments, so they have a minimal effect on your daily life. Just make sure you wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day to prevent delaying the results.

Completing Your Invisalign Treatment

Once you finish wearing all the aligners in the series, your dentist may recommend using a retainer to prevent your teeth from shifting out of position. Different types of retainers are available, but you can get one that looks just like an Invisalign aligner that is designed to last for years. You may need to wear the first set of retainers full-time and gradually shift to wearing them only at night.

Glenwood Premier Dental offers Invisalign treatment for patients ranging from teens to older adults. It’s the perfect option for straightening your teeth without traditional braces! To schedule an Invisalign consultation with our Hazlet dentist, please contact us at (732) 264-4477 today.