Orthodontic technology has come a long way since the 80’s. Remember when the only option to straighten your teeth was thick metal braces? Today, we have advanced orthodontic treatments that are comfortable and virtually invisible!
Invisalign is an option that is becoming increasingly popular for teens and adults because of how easily it fits into your busy lifestyle. These clear braces will straighten your teeth and align your bite without the clunky hardware like the metal wires and brackets of traditional braces.
How Does Invisalign Work?
You might be wondering, “How does Invisalign work?” The Invisalign treatment process uses a set of two thin, clear aligners, one for the top row and one for the bottom row of teeth. These are changed every 1-2 weeks depending on your treatment plan, gradually straightening your smile over time and fixing nearly all teeth-alignment and bite issues. The aligners or “trays” are virtually invisible and are made of FDA approved smooth plastic which is BPA, BPS, latex, and gluten free. The clear braces are also completely customized for you so they are comfortable enough to wear for the mandatory 20- 22 hours per day.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The length of the Invisalign treatment is different for everyone. After your initial visit with Dr. Bodine, he will map out a digital treatment plan that is completely tailored to you that details the movements of your teeth over time. For teens using Invisalign Teen®, the treatment may only take twelve months. However, it may take longer for adults using the aligners because their teeth are more firmly implanted and can be more complicated.
What is the best part?
The Invisalign aligners are removable, so go ahead and eat whatever you want! Foods like popcorn, hard candy, and nuts are restricted with traditional braces, but with Invisalign, you remove the clear aligners to eat, drink and brush and floss. When it comes to oral hygiene, brushing and flossing are easy because you do not have to fish around brackets and wires.
Keeping your teen accountable
The flexibility to remove the Invisalign aligner may be concerning from a parent’s perspective. You want to make sure your teen is getting the value from the Invisalign clear braces by wearing them as often as they should. Invisalign Teen® is unique because it has a Compliance Indicator or “blue dot” that fades from blue to clear as it is worn, ensuring that your teen is wearing their aligner and getting the most out of their treatment.
We hope this has shed some light on how Invisalign moves your teeth. If you are ready to take the next step and meet with Dr. Bodine for a customized plan to get the smile you have always dreamed of, call us today at (972) 347-1700 or request an appointment online!