Invisalign is a method of straightening teeth that uses a series of clear, removable aligners to move your teeth into the correct position gradually. At Torrey Hills Family Dentistry, we custom design these aligners, which are made from a smooth plastic that fits comfortably over your teeth. Since they’re clear and virtually invisible when worn, you can straighten your smile without anyone knowing.
Invisalign is also easy to use, so you can remove the aligners to eat your favorite foods and brush and floss normally to keep your smile clean and healthy. You’ll also be able to continue seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Many people are concerned about the discomfort and pain of receiving orthodontic treatment, especially traditional metal braces and lingual braces. Fortunately, modern teeth aligners from your dentist can be very comfortable and only require occasional adjustments from your cosmetic dentist.
After your initial consultation to determine if Invisalign is right for you, we’ll begin by taking X-rays of your teeth and creating impressions to send to the Invisalign laboratory. Our lab technician will create custom aligners for you to wear, which you’ll wear for about 22 hours daily and change out every two weeks as our dentist instructs.
You’ll visit our dentist every six weeks to ensure your treatment progresses and receive your next aligners. With Invisalign, you can enjoy a straighter smile and a healthier bite without the hassle of metal wires or brackets.
The Benefits of Invisalign
One of the most significant benefits of Invisalign is that you can take them off when you eat or brush your teeth, so there are no diet restrictions like with braces! You can also remove the trays for special events such as prom, weddings, or reunions. These types of events would have been awkward and uncomfortable if you were wearing traditional metal braces. Plus, your speech won’t be affected because you won’t have wires to get in the way.
Another benefit is the convenience factor. The clear aligners are removable, so you can continue to brush and floss your teeth normally without worrying about damaging your appliances. You won’t have to worry about emergency appointments to repair broken brackets and wires. Reinsert the tray, and you’re good to go again.
The longer you wear the trays, the faster the results will be achieved. On the other hand, if you stop wearing the trays, your progress must be reevaluated to determine whether you need additional treatments. Most people wear their aligners for around 22 hours daily to achieve optimal results.
Visit Torrey Hills Family Dentistry at 4765 Carmel Mountain Rd Suite 209, San Diego, CA 92130, or call (858) 481-0080 if you are concerned about the discomfort you may experience during your Invisalign treatment. Our dentist will be able to recommend strategies to reduce pain and irritation. Regular checkups will help ensure your teeth respond well to the treatment.