What Are Invisalign Clear Aligners?

Invisalign Invisible Braces treatment consists of wearing a series of custom-made plastic clear aligning trays that gradually move your teeth into the exact position your dentist has outlined for you. The dentist changes the trays every few weeks to fit the new tooth configuration. In addition to the reduced visual impact, Invisalign aligning trays can be temporarily removed for important occasions – meaning that treatment duration is patient-controlled. A great number of people report complete satisfaction with the treatment itself and the stunning results.

Invisalign corrects the same dental problems as traditional metal braces; the only difference is that Invisalign trays are almost invisible to the naked eye and can be removed at will.

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Benefits of Invisalign:

  • Removable: One of the major benefits of having Invisalign as a treatment option is that the trays can be removed. This allows you to eat and drink without getting food stuck and makes brushing and flossing a breeze.
  • Appearance: Due to the aligners being clear, most patients prefer the look of Invisalign over traditional fixed braces. This is convenient for adults who want to have their teeth straightened but don’t like the appearance of traditional braces. More often than not, people may not even notice you are wearing Invisalign, making your treatment a secret!
  • Comfort: Because Invisalign does not use brackets, it can be more comfortable than traditional orthodontics, which can sometimes cause sores in the mouth
  • Treatment time: Invisalign needs to be worn about 22-24 hours a day, and its treatment time can vary depending on the complexity of the patient’s case. It can take anywhere from a few weeks to 1.5-2 years. If patients have more complex dental issues, metal braces may be a better choice.
  • Cleaning: The Invisalign trays should be cleaned morning and night when you brush your teeth and after meals. The Invisalign trays can be cleaned with an Invisalign cleaning system, or by brushing and rinsing the trays in warm water.
  • Follow up visits: Each tray differs slightly, to apply new pressures to the teeth and ultimately move them. Each tray is typically worn for two weeks, and then a new tray is used. The dentist will typically see you every 4-6 weeks to make sure things are moving properly.

If the prospect of wearing traditional metal braces is discouraging because of the aesthetics of the metal, Invisalign may be the answer for you! Because Invisalign offers an almost invisible aligning system that straightens teeth fast and contains no metal, Invisalign is often the orthodontic treatment of choice. Pathways Dental Clinic is pleased to offer patients the comfort and effectiveness of Invisalign Invisible Braces!

Are you looking to straighten your teeth but hate the thought of wearing wire braces? Pathways Dental Clinic is pleased to offer Invisalign Clear Braces, the clear alternative to conventional braces!

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What does Invisalign treatment involve?

First, the dentist needs to devise an initial treatment plan before creating special aligning trays. Three-dimensional digital images are taken of the entire jaw. These images allow the dentist to move specific teeth on the screen, view the jaw from different angles, and also foresee what the face might look like in years to come. In essence, this technology can show how Invisalign trays will change facial aesthetics.

Once planning is complete, a unique set of aligners is made. The custom made Invisalign aligners are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. The total amount of aligners required varies with each individual case, but 20-29 sets per arch are typical. The length of your treatment will vary depending on your starting point. However, most patients complete the entire treatment in 12-18 months, which is similar to traditional orthodontic methods

Straight teeth are healthier teeth. Get the confidence of a great smile with Pathways Dental Clinic Invisalign Clear Braces!

Call Pathways Dental Clinic at (403) 455-5565 to book an Invisalign Clear Braces consultation appointment today!