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Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign Aligners

Posted by Edwin Dawkins on Sep 11 2022, 12:43 AM

Invisalign aligners are custom-made, clear, plastic trays that are worn over the teeth to gradually and gently move them into the ideal position. The aligners are made of smooth plastic, so they won’t irritate the inside of the mouth, and they are virtually invisible to others.

To learn everything you need to know about Invisalign aligners, read on our blog:

  • How are Invisalign aligners made?

Invisalign aligners are made of strong, clear plastic. They’re custom-made to fit your teeth perfectly. The aligners are worn over your teeth to gradually and gently shift them into place. There are no metal wires or brackets, so you don’t have to worry about cutting your mouth or developing mouth sores.

The Invisalign aligners are custom-made using digital images of your teeth. A digital impression is taken of your teeth using advanced scanning technology. The impression is used to create 3D images of your teeth. The digital images are used to map out a specific treatment plan with exact calculations to gradually move your teeth into place.

  • Who should use Invisalign aligners?

Invisalign aligners are the ideal choice for patients with mild to moderate alignment issues. They are discreet, comfortable, and effective.

Patients using Invisalign aligners don’t have to worry about metal brackets and wires. They can still eat their favorite foods and drink their favorite beverages. Invisalign aligners can be removed while the patient brushes and flosses their teeth, so there are no dietary or oral hygiene restrictions. The aligners are replaced every two weeks, so patients don’t need to worry about dental visits or adjustments.

Patients who use Invisalign aligners must wear them for 22 hours per day, only removing them to eat, drink, brush, and floss. The aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours per day in order to produce results.

  • Do Invisalign aligners hurt?

Invisalign aligners are smooth to the touch, so they won’t cause irritation to your lips and mouth. However, you may experience some discomfort when you first start wearing a new aligner since your mouth needs to adjust to a new shape. However, this discomfort typically goes away on its own within a day or two.

  • How long does Invisalign treatment take?

You’ll wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to their final positions. You’ll visit us only about every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months but will vary from case to case.

  • How do I take care of my Invisalign aligners?

Invisalign aligners should be worn 22 hours a day and removed only for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. When they’re not being worn, they should be stored in their case. We recommend cleaning your aligners every time you brush your teeth.

When you brush your teeth, you should also be brushing your aligners. You can use a soft-bristled toothbrush or a denture cleaner to clean them. If you don’t have either of those products on hand, you can also use a damp paper towel, but be sure to rinse the aligners with lukewarm water afterward.

We encourage you to discover ways to achieve a healthy smile. For comprehensive dental care, visit Dawkins Family Dental at 440 N Lamar Blvd, Oxford, MS 38655. Call us at (662) 234-5725 for appointments.

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