Perfecting Your Smile: The Invisalign® Journey

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Clear aligners in Fords, NJ

It is no secret that oftentimes a smile is one of the first things people notice when observing someone. With the bright, white and perfect smiles often portrayed in famous celebrities and models, it is no surprise that people in society would like to mirror these aesthetically pleasing smiles.  However, in today’s day and age, it is a lot simpler for most to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. Today we will talk about clear aligners known as Invisalign®, which have helped thousands of people transform and renovate their smiles.

Why Straighten Teeth

Some of the chief common complaints that inspire patients to attempt wearing clear aligners are gaps in their teeth, crowding, malalignment in their bite, such as having an open bite, crossbite, underbite, and more for mild or moderate cases. With that being said, it is important for patients to frequently visit their dentist for normal check-ups and cleanings prior to and during treatment with their clear aligners. In some cases, a dentist may also refer a patient to an orthodontist for completion of more severe cases.

Getting Your Aligners

The process of getting aligners is very simple. Most offices will use a modern scanner to take a digital impression, but some offices will take physical impressions and pictures. Either way, despite the chosen method both create molds which help the lab and dentist further study the patient’s mouth and decipher whether the case is moderate or severe. This is decided based on the crowding and type of bite adjustment that is necessary for the teeth to be manipulated.

Oral Hygiene With Aligners

Clear aligners are clear, thin, plastic-like trays formed to fit the individual’s teeth; a series of aligners are created to move the teeth a certain amount in every set of trays. The doctor reevaluates the movements and ensures that the trays are tracking well in accordance with the treatment plan.

Good hygiene and compliance with wearing the trays in accordance with any additional instructions the dentist may have will all help ensure the best outcome. It is important to follow the rules with tray maintenance as well as only keeping the aligners in the mouth when drinking water, otherwise the trays must be removed to eat any kind of food or drink any beverage such as soda or juice, and if possible, to at least rinse the mouth with water after eating or drinking anything other than water. These practices will help ensure that the aligners stay clean and that food particles are not getting trapped in with the aligners on.

Why Invisalign?

Although wearing aligners does require some additional discipline, it is a temporary and worthwhile investment in the long run. Most cases tend to last on average anywhere from a year or two, but most patients are very happy with the outcome, aesthetically speaking. However, clear aligners will also help your oral health stay healthier by moving the teeth to proper alignment, and the Invisalign app makes it very easy to keep track of trays and answer any questions the patient may have about Invisalign in particular. If you are interested in finding out more about Invisalign do not hesitate to see our dentist and ask what your options are for your specific case.

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