Having crooked teeth can make people reluctant to smile in front of others. They might even have trouble talking to other people due to feelings of self-consciousness. Invisalign offers a convenient way to straighten teeth without the need for braces. Those who want straighter teeth can get Invisalign tooth aligners at Los Altos Dental in Long Beach, California. Dr. Bonnie Bateman evaluates patients to determine if they’re good candidates for this type of treatment.
Invisalign Q & A
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are devices made from thermoplastic material that help straighten teeth. These aligners are custom-made, which provides patients with a comfortable fit and effective results. Invisalign offers a suitable alternative to braces and other devices used to straighten teeth.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign aligners cause teeth to shift to a position that puts them in better alignment. This happens over the course of several weeks until the teeth are aligned properly. Patients generally need a new set of aligners every 2 weeks to ensure that teeth continue becoming straighter. Each set of aligners targets certain teeth and controls how they move or shift, which gradually brings teeth into the right alignment.
What benefits does Invisalign offer?
Invisalign offers a number of benefits over braces and other corrective devices. These aligners are barely noticeable and don’t have any metal pieces that can cause patients to experience discomfort. These aligners are also easier to take care of and can be removed for cleaning or eating as needed. Patients who choose Invisalign for straightening teeth also usually need to come in for fewer and faster visits overall compared to those who wear braces.
What can patients expect from Invisalign?
Patients can expect to wear Invisalign aligners for roughly 12 months. Dr. Bateman determines the design and shape of the aligners based on how teeth need to move over time. This varies from one individual to the next. Patients generally come in for visits every 4-6 weeks to determine if Invisalign aligners are working effectively or if adjustments need to be made. Patients should keep in mind that they might need to wear a retainer after they’re done with Invisalign.
How should patients care for Invisalign aligners?
Patients should clean Invisalign aligners on a regular basis to remove bacteria. This helps lower the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Patients should follow Dr. Bateman’s instructions on caring for their aligners, which generally involves cleaning them off with a recommended product or using clean water to rinse off food particles. Caring for these aligners helps keep them in good condition for the 2 weeks they’re worn.