Here’s What to Expect When Getting Started With Invisalign®

Invisalign® uses a system of almost-imperceptible clear aligners to give you the straight teeth of your dreams. Here’s everything you need to know about this popular orthodontic treatment before you get started.

A well-aligned smile isn’t just more flattering for your appearance. Beyond the cosmetic benefit, straighter teeth are also easier to clean, they’re less prone to damage and decay, and they have a lower impact on your lifetime dentistry costs.  

While braces have been the standard orthodontic treatment for straightening your smile, Invisalign® offers a popular alternative option with distinct benefits. Instead of using a bracket-and-wire system to shift your teeth over time, Invisalign uses custom clear aligners molded to fit over your teeth. 

You progress to the subsequent aligner in the system every week or two, and each one moves your teeth closer to their ideal position. It’s no wonder so many people now opt for clear aligners over braces, which are bulkier, more conspicuous, and require more visits to the orthodontist. 

You can start treatment with Invisalign after a detailed consultation and evaluation at Duo Dental and Laser Spa in Queens, New York. Experienced dentist Oleg Vinson, DDS, designs your Invisalign system using digital scans of your teeth and jaw, which allow for extreme precision that makes your aligners fit perfectly at every stage of treatment.  

This guide can help as you prepare to start Invisalign so you know what to expect throughout this discreet orthodontic treatment. .  

Wearing your Invisalign aligners every day

When you receive your first set of Invisalign aligners, it’s time to start wearing them. The key to finishing your orthodontic treatment in the projected time frame is to wear your aligners consistently. You must wear them for 20-22 hours every day, removing them only to eat, drink anything other than water, and brush and floss your teeth.  

When you first start Invisalign, and every time you progress to the next set of aligners, you feel some pressure on your teeth. The soreness can last for a few days as you adjust to the new set of aligners, but most people report that Invisalign is less uncomfortable than braces. Your aligners are made of patented SmartTrack™ material that doesn’t irritate your gums and tissues.   

Taking care of your Invisalign aligners

You don’t want to lose or damage an aligner — doing so can disrupt the treatment process and set you back time-wise. Dr. Vinson teaches you to properly care for your aligners and maintain your oral hygiene as you go through treatment with Invisalign.  

Here are a few tips for cleaning and maintaining your Invisalign aligners:

  • Rinse your aligners after eating and after brushing
  • Use lukewarm water, never hot, to avoid warping your aligners
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a nonabrasive toothpaste to clean your aligners
  • Utilize the protective airtight case to store your aligners when you’re not wearing them to avoid misplacing or damaging them
  • Continue brushing and flossing your teeth as usual

Neglecting your aligners’ cleanliness can cause bacteria to build up on the plastic, which promotes bad breath and increases your risk of oral infections. Bacteria can also yellow your aligners, which makes your teeth look yellow, too.  

Exploring the benefits of Invisalign

As long as you care for your aligners and follow Dr. Vinson’s instructions carefully, you can anticipate a smooth and complication-free process. Choosing Invisalign offers numerous benefits for your orthodontic needs, including:

  • Inconspicuous straightening treatment
  • Removability for easy cleaning and brushing
  • Versatility to treat many types of malocclusion
  • Predictable results

Because the aligners are both transparent and removable, you can see your treatment progress in real time. Braces make it difficult to see the difference until they’re removed.  

Dr. Vinson can help you decide if Invisalign is your best choice for orthodontic treatment. Whether you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or gaps in your smile, Invisalign is an excellent choice for straightening your teeth. Call us today at 718-261-4747, or schedule a consultation online anytime. 

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