What is Invisalign®?

Instead of using unsightly brackets that are bonded to your teeth for months or years, Invisalign uses a series of custom-made, clear thermoplastic trays to realign your teeth and adjust your bite. The aligners are nearly invisible, as the name implies, which is just one of the many reasons why this service is so popular.

Advantages of Invisalign

  • Barely noticeable – virtually imperceptible, unless you are up close
  • Comfortable – no metal wires or brackets to poke the inside of your mouth
  • Easier to clean – just brush them gently with your toothbrush and rinse with cool water
  • Removable – no need to change how or what you eat, and no need to hide your smile for photos or special occasions
  • Convenient – trays are easy to use, and you can change them out at home

Bonus: For photos, you can remove your Invisalign trays to flash your natural smile and then put them right back in.

There’s no need to worry when eating sticky or chewy food either, since you can take your aligners out. Plus, you can floss and brush your teeth as usual after removing your trays.

How does Invisalign straighten teeth?

Custom-made, clear trays fit over your teeth in a way that applies subtle pressure to start shifting them into better alignment. Be sure to wear your aligner trays 20-22 hours each day to stay on pace with your treatment plan.

Every two weeks or so, you will replace your Invisalign trays with new ones until your teeth look and feel the way you want them to. How long you need to wear Invisalign aligners will depend on your unique situation, but the average treatment takes about a year. Along the way, you will visit Dr. Palmieri for checkups to ensure that your treatment is progressing according to plan.

Cleaning Invisalign aligners

It’s easy to take care of your Invisalign trays, especially since they’re removable. Dr. Palmieri suggests cleaning them daily by brushing them with your toothbrush and rinsing them with cool water. Or, if you want the absolute cleanest aligners possible, you can purchase a cleaning system directly from Invisalign.

No need to hassle with metal braces that look unprofessional or continue to deal with teeth that are crooked and hard to clean. Invisalign is an excellent solution for teens and adults who want a straight and healthy smile. Call Palmieri Dentistry to schedule your free consultation or request an appointment online today!