Wondering how Invisalign clear aligners could improve your smile? Dentists from our five Toronto locations (Bay Adelaide Dental, Brookfield Place Dental, College Park Dental, King-York Dental and Richmond-Adelaide Dental) describe what you can expect before, during and after Invisalign treatment.
What does Invisalign treatment involve?
Invisalign treatment consists of a series of custom-made clear aligners that can help straighten your teeth without the need for traditional metal brackets and wires.
Most patients wear each set of their aligners for about two weeks before switching to the next set in the series. During that time, the aligners will make gradual, tiny adjustments to the positions of their teeth.
If Invisalign is right for you, your dentist will determine your specific needs and decide the duration of your treatment plan. You can remove your custom aligners during your treatment for drinking, eating, brushing and flossing.
Here are 5 ways that your smile will change during your treatment:
Improved Oral Hygiene During & After Treatment
Since your Invisalign aligners are removable, you can remove them when you are ready to brush and floss your teeth. You'll be able to ensure you brush and floss all your teeth thoroughly during treatment.
Your Invisalign clear aligners can also be cleaned - simply rinse them under running water or clean them with the Invisalign cleaning crystals. This will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums while your teeth are moving to their corrected positions.
Before starting your treatment, your teeth may be gapped, crooked or misaligned. Invisalign can help treat any of these issues - individually or in combination.
Every smile is unique and your results will vary depending on your individual treatment plan, but generally, as long as you comply with the prescribed treatment plan, when you look in the mirror you can expect to see straighter teeth after treatment with Invisalign.
Gaps between your teeth may also be reduced, and your bite may also improve. Regardless of the issues that were treated, you’ll likely find that you enjoy sharing your new, straighter smile with everyone you meet.
Improved Dental Health
Provided you wear your Invisalign clear aligners as prescribed by your dentist, and only remove them when necessary to eat, drink or when cleaning your teeth, every one of your teeth will receive just the right amount of pressure for the right amount of time. The total number of aligners you’ll wear over the course of your treatment will depend on the nature of your misalignment. Long-term, you could benefit from better dental health and healthier gums, due to straighter teeth.
No More Crowded or Misaligned Teeth
Misaligned or crowded teeth impact the appearance of your smile and contribute to poor oral health. Misalignments can be improved with Invisalign. The key to success is in sticking to the personalized treatment plan, developed by your dentist to address your specific orthodontic issues.
Instead of moving all of your teeth at once, each phase of your treatment focuses on a few of your teeth at a time. It’s important that you follow the plan your dentist prescribes and wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours every day, regardless of which issue is being treated. Following a successful treatment process, your crowded or misaligned teeth should be straighter, and you'll be proud to show off your new straighter smile.
Thin, Smooth Aligners for Improved Comfort
Unlike traditional metal braces, with Invisalign there are no brackets or wires to irritate the soft tissues of your mouth. Invisalign's clear aligners are made from a smooth, thin plastic, making them quite comfortable to wear. Plus, thanks to the transparent plastic, the casual observer will be hard-pressed to see your aligners as they discreetly straighten your teeth.