Mita A. Parikh, DMD

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Secrets of Invisalign Revealed

You may have heard of Invisalign, but do you actually know what it is? Or perhaps you’ve never heard of it, and it sounds like some kind of weird household cleaner. If you ask your dentist, they’ll tell you that Invisalign is an amazing alternative to traditional braces. Rather than a mouth full of metal, Invisalign can straighten your teeth with material that is entirely transparent. Many people report that they’re far more comfortable than traditional braces.

So how does this dental implant work, exactly? Is it comfortable? How long will it have to be in your mouth? Here are a few frequently asked questions:

1: How Is Invisalign Supposed To Work?

invisible teeth alignersAn orthodontist starts by taking dental impressions as well as x-rays, as with most dental implants. Once the information is taken, it’s sent off to Align Technology. The company then uses a 3-D imaging program to ensure the product is aligned properly, before producing it custom-made for the patient.

This means you won’t have to concern yourself with comfort. Since Invisalign is made especially for your mouth, it will fit properly and not feel awkward when you try to eat or speak.

2: What Is It Made Of?

Invisalign is made of medical-grade plastics. This plastic is light-weight and won’t cause any health issues over time.

3: How Long Are These Necessary?

Much like traditional braces, the answer is “until you don’t need them any longer”. The orthodontist will adjust them on a regular basis, and once your teeth have moved into their proper place then the Invisalign will be removed.

3: What Is The Most Common Length Of Time?

On average, patients require Invisalign for about 1 full year. However, every case is different.

3: Are They As Effective As Traditional Braces?

In some ways, they’re more effective. Since they’re easier to clean and weigh less than metal braces, you won’t have to worry nearly as much about what you eat. This allows you to eat more healthy and ensures you won’t have health issues from tiny metal chips and flakes over time. This is why most orthodontists suggest Invisalign for those patients who need braces.