What to Expect When Getting Started With Invisalign

May 23, 2024

Getting braces used to involve a mouth full of metal. It was uncomfortable and embarrassing. Today’s orthodontic treatments include convenient Invisalign. Read on to learn more.

Today’s young adults will never know the embarrassment of metal braces and headgear. 

In fact, today’s orthodontics patients enjoy a plethora of treatment options, including the game-changing clear aligner system, Invisalign®. In this blog, our highly experienced team of dentists at Mowry Dental in Fremont, California, share their insights on what you can expect when getting started with Invisalign. 

Invisalign® versus braces 

First, let’s examine the similarities and differences between traditional braces and Invisalign. Both treatments gently move and realign teeth over time. But that’s where the similarities end.

Unlike traditional braces that facilitate teeth alignment using stainless steel brackets, metal wires, and ligatures, Invisalign creates tooth movement through a series of custom-made, removable clear trays called aligners, which fit over your teeth.

The Invisalign treatment process begins with a thorough dental exam and X-rays. Our team asks questions about your treatment goals and decides whether Invisalign is right for you.  

If you’re a good candidate, we digitally scan your teeth and upload the information into a computer to create your treatment plan. The treatment plan includes how many sets of aligners are required and how often you’ll need to switch to the next in the series. 

Discreet and nearly invisible 

The Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. Invisalign trays are made from SmartTrack® — a flexible, allergen-free thermoplastic completely free of BPA, BPS, latex, and gluten. The best part is that because the trays are clear, most people won’t even know you’re wearing them. 

More comfortable and convenient 

The proprietary smooth material is also super comfortable. Plus, you can remove your aligner trays when you drink, eat, floss, and brush your teeth. It’s nothing like trying to thread floss through traditional metal brackets or limiting the foods you can eat out of fear of snapping a wire. In short, Invisalign provides unparalleled freedom during your orthodontic treatment.
Expedited treatment time 

Treatment time is typically shorter than traditional braces and requires fewer appointments. Actual treatment time varies depending on your goals and the severity of the alignment issue. As a gold-level Invisalign provider, the average treatment is between 12 and 18 months.  

Expect to wear your aligners 22 hours per day 

While Invisalign presents numerous perks, you must wear your aligners as prescribed. You’ll also have to continue to practice optimal oral hygiene.  

Your Invisalign treatment timeline is based on wearing your aligners at least 22 hours daily, so always put them back in after eating and brushing. 

Similarly, remembering to switch to a new set of aligners and scheduling regular check-ups according to your treatment plan will maximize your results. 

If you’ve been thinking about Invisalign and wonder if it’s right for you, contact Mowry Dental for a consultation. Call us at 510-794-7900 or book an appointment online. 

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