At Smiles of Midtown, we offer modern orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, a series of clear, plastic aligners that straighten your teeth over time. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, which means most people won’t even know you’re wearing them. They are removable, allowing you to brush your teeth and eat your favorite foods easily. You can also remove them for special occasions like a job interview or a wedding.
Invisalign is an excellent option for patients who want to straighten their smiles but want to avoid the hassles associated with wearing traditional braces.
How Does Invisalign Work?
The custom aligners are worn for about two weeks at a time, then swapped out for the next set in the series. Each new aligner is designed to gently shift your teeth into place until they are in the desired position. As you change out the trays every two weeks, the teeth continue to move gradually into their desired positions throughout the treatment process.
The aligners must be worn throughout the treatment for at least 20 to 22 hours each day, only being removed for eating, brushing, and flossing.
Since the aligners can be removed, there is no need to adjust your diet or lifestyle to accommodate treatment. You can maintain your regular oral hygiene routine throughout your treatment. After completing your treatment, wearing a retainer day and night for several weeks is essential to ensure your teeth do not shift back out of their newly-aligned positions.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign is a less invasive form of orthodontic treatment than traditional braces, and it can help you gradually adjust and improve your smile over time.
Invisalign aligners are much more comfortable than braces and, since they are removable, they make eating and cleaning your teeth easier. Braces make brushing more difficult by trapping food and plaque between brackets and beneath wires. This increases your risk of decay and gum disease.
Because Invisalign aligners are removable, you will have an easier time caring for your mouth and teeth. You should also visit the dentist for regular cleanings for optimal results.
Invisalign clear aligners are also less noticeable than the metal brackets of traditional braces so you can wear them confidently. During treatment, you will likely need to attend regular appointments with our dentist so they can examine your progress and make changes to the aligners as needed.
In addition, the smooth plastic Invisalign aligners are made from is less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks compared to the metal wires used in traditional braces.
You can remove your Invisalign aligners for events like a date or an important meeting. However, you should wear your aligners as often as possible to ensure the best results.
To learn more about Invisalign treatment and how we can help you achieve your best smile, visit Smiles of Midtown at 3600 San Jacinto St, Houston, TX, 77004, or call (713) 523-6848.