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What are Invisalign® Aligners?
Invisalign is an orthodontic system similar to traditional braces, used by dentists to straighten a patient’s misaligned or overcrowded teeth. The Invisalign system is different from metal braces. The aligners fit over the patient’s teeth and can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing. They are made from clear, BPA-free medical plastic and they are virtually invisible when being used. The Invisalign aligners are designed to tightly mold to the patient’s teeth and mouth. The patient may be fitted for new aligners several times throughout the treatment as the teeth move into the desired space.
How do the Aligners Straighten Teeth?
Like traditional places, Invisalign aligners gently push the teeth into the desired position. However, while traditional braces attach to the teeth with connecting wires which are tightened and adjusted regularly, the Invisalign system is like a clear shell worn over the teeth. Most Invisalign patients wear the aligners for about a year. However, the exact time frame and number of aligners will depend on the individual patient and the expected result. For the best results, the aligners should be worn for 20-22 hours a day and only be removed to be changed out, while brushing and flossing or if certain foods are consumed. The aligners will be replaced and refitted approximately every two weeks. They are comfortable to wear and will not irritate the inside of mouth like traditional braces.
What are the Advantages of the Invisalign System?
The Invisalign system of teeth straightening is virtually invisible, which makes it very appealing to patients who might feel self conscious about having their smile filled with metal. Also, the aligners can be removed occasionally, which makes brushing and flossing a quicker and more straightforward process.
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