Invisalign is one of the most discreet and uninhibited ways to improve teeth alignment. Patients are treated with transparent removable aligners that gradually move teeth into a more natural, correct position as planned by the orthodontist. If you are considering this procedure, be sure to understand and be familiar with the following facts.
You Do the Work as Well
The effectiveness of Invisalign depends on your commitment as well. The aligners must be worn for 22 hours per day. As you prepare for this procedure, consider that you will likely be wearing your aligners at all times except for periods of eating, brushing, and flossing.
Follow-up on Adjustments
Invisalign clear aligners also require additional adjustments in the same manner as metal braces. During these adjustment appointments, you will likely be provided a newer set of trays to help the procedure progress and continue moving your teeth into the desired alignment. It is important to check-in at our Berkeley and El Cerrito office to maintain constant supervision of the progress of the procedure.
Cleaning your Teeth with Aligners
Since aligners have no metal wires or brackets and can be removable, you can eat your regular foods during the course of the procedure. One important note is to brush or clean your teeth before placing the aligners. Food or debris can be trapped under the aligners if you have not adequately brushed or clean your teeth. This can eventually result in conditions such as tooth decay.
A Retainer is Necessary after the Treatment
Once the Invisalign procedure has concluded, the next phase is retention. During this process, you will wear a retainer to help maintain the newly aligned teeth in place.