As Invisalign clear aligners are quickly becoming a more popular and convenient alternative to traditional metal braces, it’s crucial for all of our patients at Chattanooga Dental Studio in Chattanooga and Hixson, TN to fully understand the ins and outs of the revolutionary Invisalign system before their treatment period begins!
What Are Invisalign Clear Aligners?
While wearing metal braces (including ceramic braces and lingual braces) is still the most common way to straighten teeth, these traditional orthodontic appliances tend to be abrasive, uncomfortable, and they can harbor dangerous bacteria! Traditional braces utilize various types of brackets and wires that are semi-permanently bonded to the teeth with dental cement, making them a breeding ground for bacteria if they are not taken care of properly on a regular basis.
Invisalign relies on a series of clear, removable plastic trays (aligners) to straighten teeth. These aligners are virtually invisible when worn, and can be easily popped in and out for short periods of time to eat, drink, brush, and floss. This means that almost no one will know you are straightening your teeth, and you’ll be able to clean your teeth and gums properly! Due to the versatility of Invisalign, it’s much easier to adjust to life with your new aligners instead of being forced to get used to the glued-in permanence of traditional braces.
How Does The Invisalign System Work?
Wearing traditional metal braces can sometimes be a trial and error process with no set date of when your treatment period will be over. With Invisalign, uncertainty is a thing of the past! Beginning with an advanced smile scan, Invisalign patients know exactly what to expect from the moment the scan is complete. Invisalign’s iTeroElement® Scanner provides immediate, comprehensive knowledge of the condition of their mouth, and how long their treatment plan will take.
For each stage of treatment, Invisalign will manufacture two plastic mouth “trays” or “aligners,” one to fit over your top teeth and one for the bottom. You will wear this first set of trays for two weeks, for a minimum of 22 hours per day. You will then move on to the next set of aligners in your series to accomplish the next stage of gradual movement. You will continue this process, as indicated by your Chattanooga family orthodontist until your teeth have reached their rightful positions!
What Are The Benefits Of Invisalign Over Traditional Metal Braces?
If you’re a candidate for Invisalign, you’ll notice the amazing benefits over traditional metal braces right away! Some of our favorite advantages of Invisalign include:
Better Cosmetic Appearance
Traditional metal braces cause the cosmetic appearance of the mouth to look noticeably abnormal. As chunks of metal take up the entire mouth and cover your teeth, they allow food particles to get stuck in between the braces and the teeth, sometimes without even noticing. With Invisalign clear braces, those problems are non-existent. Choosing Invisalign lets the wearer feel more confident in their braces, as they oftentimes aren’t noticeable at all. Made with 3D printed thermoplastic material, Invisalign braces are virtually invisible!
A Comfortable Treatment Process
Once traditional metal braces are put into place, they cannot be removed until the recommended duration of time has been completed. Also, it takes a separate appointment and one of our professional dentists to remove the glued-in metal braces from the teeth and mouth. Invisalign braces are meant to be worn 22 hours each day, but are completely removable by the wearer, making it easier to eat or drink without them for short periods of time.
A Safer Alternative To Traditional Metal Braces
Metal braces contain wire and protruding bits of metal that can puncture or scratch the insides of the mouth. On the contrary, Invisalign aligners are soft and smooth trays made of 3D printed thermoplastics. With the ability to remove them at any time, an Invisalign wearer can ensure that their teeth are kept healthy and clean every step of the way. As a whole, Invisalign clear braces are less impactful on the mouth and teeth.
A Shorter Duration Of Treatment
Some wearers of traditional metal braces have to keep their brackets and wires glued in for nearly five years for proper straightening to occur. On the contrary, Invisalign treatments can hit their targeted straightening goal in as little as one year!
Properly Caring For Your Invisalign Aligners
Every time you remove your Invisalign trays, it’s absolutely critical to clean them properly. Dry saliva and plaque create a perfect breeding ground for foul-smelling bacteria. Soaking your aligners in denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, or the official Invisalign cleaning crystals are all excellent options for keeping your trays clear and sanitized.
You can also clean your aligners with a clear, antibacterial soap. Clear, antibacterial soap is an excellent and inexpensive way to keep your aligners clear, fresh, and free from harmful bacteria. As a side note, it’s not advised to use toothpaste to clean your trays, as toothpaste will scratch the Invisalign thermoplastic and create places for bacteria to live inside your aligners.
Keeping Your Mouth Extra Clean While Wearing Invisalign
With the convenient ability to remove your Invisalign aligners at any time, it’s integral to keep your teeth adequately brushed and flossed daily. While your aligners are pressed tightly against your teeth, your saliva will not be able to naturally wash away any of the gunk left behind, causing unwanted bacteria build-up directly on the enamel of your teeth. Thoroughly brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal will help you maintain great oral hygiene during your Invisalign treatment process, preventing plaque, tartar, and cavities.
Call Chattanooga Dental Studio To Find Out If You’re A Candidate For Invisalign!
Invisalign clear aligners offer noticeable advantages over traditional metal braces! With removable trays, no sharp or protruding edges, and an accurate treatment window, Invisalign can be a great alternative to traditional metal braces. To find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign, don’t hesitate to contact us at Chattanooga Dental Studio in Chattanooga, TN to schedule your consultation!