Calgary patient placing Invisalign® aligner in their mouth

How Does Invisalign® Straighten Teeth?

Millions of people pursue treatment to straighten their teeth. Straighter teeth not only give you a nicer smile but also make cleaning your teeth easier to manage. The question is, what’s the best method for straightening your teeth? There’s a lot of evidence to say that the answer to this question is Invisalign®.

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is a popular modern alternative to braces. The removable, see-through device called an aligner, straightens your teeth the same way braces do, while providing certain unique advantages.

Benefits of Straightening Your Teeth with Invisalign®

The most obvious advantage of Invisalign® is how discreet the aligner is. Given that it’s thin, transparent and easy to take in and out of your mouth, it shouldn’t overly impact your life. In fact, you—and everyone else!—might hardly even notice it!

In addition, an Invisalign® aligner is more comfortable than braces. Unlike the metal brackets of braces, which can irritate your cheeks and gums, the aligner’s thermoplastic material shouldn’t cause any discomfort. And since there are no wires or brackets to adjust, you’ll spend less time in the dentist’s chair during your visits.

How Invisalign® Works

When you decide to get an Invisalign® aligner, the first thing your dentist will do is capture an accurate 3D image of your teeth using a special scanner. Using this mould, your dentist will be able to create a treatment plan personalized to you. You’ll be provided with a custom aligner that fits perfectly to your teeth and is adjusted to accommodate your unique gum line. Every two weeks or so your dentist will give you a new aligner, with each new one making slight adjustments to the position of your teeth.

Wearing an Invisalign® Aligner

The aligner must be worn 20 to 22 hours a day. You must remove it to eat and also to brush and floss. (And when you clean you teeth, don’t put that soft-bristled toothbrush away before you’ve used it to polish your aligner with a mild non-abrasive detergent.)

Opting for Braces

While Invisalign® is the most modern approach, braces are continually innovating to provide better treatment than before. Braces are now smaller and less noticeable than in the past. And there is even the option of getting concealed brackets that attach to the back of your teeth.

The dentists at Skyview Ranch Dental Clinic in Calgary NE are able to provide you with the information you need to decide which orthodontics best suit you. Whether you decide on an Invisalign® aligner or braces, we’ll be able to help you get the straight teeth you’ve been dreaming of or would like your children to be able to enjoy. Using the latest technology, we provide Calgary NE with complete dental care. Contact us today to make an appointment!
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