Common Questions about Clear Braces
If you are considering orthodontic treatment to achieve a straighter smile, Invisalign® can be an excellent choice. Rather than braces and wires, the treatment uses subtle, virtually invisible aligner trays to achieve comparable results. Of course, before choosing Invisalign® you will want to know more about the treatment. Check out some of these common questions and answers, courtesy of Dr. Glass.
Frequently Asked Questions
What conditions can Invisalign® treat?
Invisalign® is an excellent option to treat cosmetic misalignment, overlapping teeth, and gapped teeth. Thanks to recent innovations, it can also treat more serious forms of malocclusion, or bite misalignment. If you struggle with an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite, you may be a good candidate for Invisalign®.
How long does Invisalign® take?
Invisalign® treatment typically follows the same timeline as traditional orthodontic care. In most cases, it will take 9 to 18 months to see your final results.
Can teenagers receive Invisalign®?
Clear braces are an excellent option for both adults and teens. In fact, Invisalign® offers a special treatment just for younger patients. Invisalign Teen® works just like standard treatment. However, it comes with two free replacement aligners. Each tray also has special blue dots that appear when it is time to switch to a new tray. These dots will remind teens to keep up with their orthodontic care.
How do I take care of the aligners?
Caring for Invisalign® trays is extremely easy. You will simply need to rinse your aligners with lukewarm water every day. For optimal cleanliness, you can also use the Invisalign® cleaner kit. The proprietary cleaning crystals will remove plaque in about 15 minutes.
Of course, you will also need to clean your teeth properly. Fortunately, because Invisalign® trays are removable, this process is easy, too. You can brush and floss your teeth as usual, and you will not have to worry about food getting stuck in your braces.
How do I know if I am a candidate for the treatment?
Invisalign is a great option for many patients. However, if you have severe malocclusion, this treatment may not be right for you. The only way to determine your candidacy for treatment is to schedule a consultation with your dentist.