FAQs about Invisalign
Have questions about Invisalign? Invisalign is the clear alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign enhances your smile without interrupting your life. Something that millions of people have already discovered. Led by Dr. Jay Ghosh and Dr. Trent Lofgren, Creekview Orthodontics in Allen, TX & McKinney Orthodontics in McKinney, TX offers orthodontic treatment with Invisalign to their patients. Read on to get answers to frequently asked questions about Invisalign.
What is Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign treatment is the process of wearing a series of custom-made aligner trays that gradually straighten your teeth. No archwires and brackets, and none of the restrictions that come with metal braces. Invisalign treatment is a great solution for both teens and adults looking for an invisible method to improve their smiles.
What are the aligners made of?
Over the course of treatment, you will be supplied with a set of aligner trays. Invisalign aligner trays are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for your treatment plan. The aligners are worn for about two weeks. Then you switch to a new set of aligner trays.
How do the aligners straighten teeth?
The aligners straighten your smile through the placement of controlled force on the teeth. You will need to wear your Invisalign aligners for about 20-22 hours each day, except to eat and clean your teeth. Invisalign aligners gently and continuously move your natural teeth in small increments.
What are the benefits of treatment?
Most patients love the fact that aligners are transparent and that they work with their lifestyles. They're almost completely invisible, so other people won't even notice that you're wearing them. Invisalign aligner trays can be removed for eating, special occasions, flossing, and brushing.
How long does treatment take?
It usually takes between 9-18 months to create a beautiful smile using Invisalign. The average length of your treatment plan depends on the severity of your condition. Before you start treatment, you will know how long your treatment will take and what your teeth are expected to look like at the end.
Will I need a retainer after treatment?
Wearing a retainer after Invisalign treatment is an important step, because it keeps your teeth in their new positions. If you want your teeth to stay in their new positions, it's best to wear a retainer as directed by your dentist. In many cases, the patient's last aligner will be their temporary retainer, until their retention option is determined. Our dentist can advise you on long term retention options.