4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Invisalign

4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Invisalign

If your teeth aren’t straight, it affects many aspects of your life. An imperfect smile digs into your confidence, often making you avoid photos or showing your teeth. Misalignment also affects the way you chew and speak. Invisalign® is a great way to improve your smile discreetly and conveniently, without bulky braces.

At Woodland Lakes Dental Studio in Conroe, Texas, our team offers several options when it comes to straightening your teeth, including Invisalign. Dr. Gabriel Polo is our highly experienced dental provider, who specializes in both general dentistry and cosmetics.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign is a system of clear aligners that are used in mild to moderate cases of misalignment. They work to move your teeth into a straight position using gentle pressure from personalized clear aligners that fit over your teeth.

The aligners are custom-made from a material called SmartTrack®. This is a form of flexible plastic material that’s thermoregulated. This material allows for a more comfortable aligner and an all-around better fit to your teeth.

Dr. Polo makes a digital imprint of your teeth which maps out exactly how your teeth will move during treatment. This information is sent to Invisalign, where your customized clear aligners are made. 

Once you start treatment, you’ll get new aligners every few weeks. The progressive aligners slowly move your teeth into position with constant, gentle pressure. The treatment plan is based on your specific needs, and your aligners are customized to this plan.

Making the most of your Invisalign

If you’re investing your time and money in your smile, it only makes sense that you get the most out of treatment. Because of its ease of use, Invisalign is a great way to improve the alignment of your teeth.

There are, however, a few things you should know before you get your clear aligners. The following tips help you get the most out of your aligners:

1. Wear your aligners most of the day

To be effective, you should wear your aligners for about 22 hours a day. The only time you should take them out is to eat or to brush and floss your teeth.

2. Change your aligners correctly

Make sure you switch to your next aligners at the correct time. The timing makes a huge impact on how effective your aligners are in moving your teeth.

3. Care for your aligners properly

When you clean your aligners, be sure to only use lukewarm water. Hot water can warp the plastic. This affects how your aligners fit on your teeth and may slow the alignment process.

4. Take care of your teeth

It’s vital to the success of your Invisalign treatment that you take good care of your teeth and mouth. You should remove your aligners to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day.

You also don’t want to eat or drink liquids that could stain your teeth while you’re wearing your aligners. The food or drink can get trapped under your aligners, which leads to bacteria buildup and possibly staining your teeth.

Invisalign benefits

When used properly, Invisalign is highly effective in straightening your teeth. The aligners have significant benefits over other forms of teeth alignment, some of which include:

If you’re looking to get the fastest and best results, it’s important to discuss the proper use of the Invisalign system with Dr. Polo before starting. You should be ready to conform to the process for optimal results.

If you’d like to inquire about Invisalign, call our office or request an appointment online today to discuss your teeth straightening options with our team.

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