Invisalign Q & A
What is Invisalign?
As an alternative to traditional braces, Invisalign is a process that helps straighten your teeth through the use of custom-made, plastic aligners. This method doesn’t require metal brackets, wires, or rubber bands to move your teeth where they belong.
When planned and implemented correctly, Invisalign results are comparable to those of traditional fixed appliances, allowing people who initially refused braces to reconsider the idea.
How does Invisalign work?
To start your Invisalign regimen, the staff at Prime Smile Dental Group takes dental impressions, X-rays, and photographs of your mouth. Technicians in a lab then use this information to develop a three-dimensional model of your mouth.
This digital model gets manipulated by the Invisalign specialists and allows them to move each tooth to its final position. Then, those movements get divided into a sequential progression. Each advancement corresponds to a unique set of aligners throughout the Invisalign treatment process.
The dentists at Prime Smile Dental Group instruct you to wear each set of Invisalign aligners for up to three weeks. While it’s best to keep them in as much as possible, your dentist also instructs you not to wear your aligners when eating, brushing, or flossing. It’s especially important to remove them when drinking coffee, tea, and other liquids that stain.
Why choose Invisalign over traditional braces?
Not only is Invisalign a more aesthetic alternative to traditional braces, but patients at Prime Smile Dental Group also choose this tooth straightening option because it helps reduce plaque accumulation, tissue inflammation, and gingival recession customarily associated with braces. Additionally, Invisalign tends to be less painful and noticeable than metal braces, wires, and rubber bands.
Besides improving periodontal health, Invisalign reduces tooth loss — often associated with root resorption — that occurs with traditional braces. Root resorption can cause hard tissue loss in several areas, including:
- Cementum: Hard connective tissue that covers your tooth roots
- Dentin: Responsible for sensitivity; found beneath your enamel and cementum
- Bone: Connects your teeth to your jaw.
If you are considering Invisalign as a solution to your crooked teeth, call or make an appointment online today with one of the dentists at Prime Smile Dental Group in Marlborough, Massachusetts.