Have you always wished that you could have straighter teeth but don’t want to deal with the hassle and unsightly appearance of metal braces? Although braces are a good option for children and young adults, there’s another alternative that can address the same smile concerns without having to announce it to the world. Invisalign® is the most well-known brand of removable clear aligners. They’ve helped over 9 million people get the beautiful, straight teeth they’ve always wanted and they could be the right choice for you.

In today’s blog from James W. Mellert and Associates, we’re going to explore some of the most commonly asked questions about Invisalign®. If you have additional questions or are looking for Invisalign® in Torrance, we encourage you to give us a call. 

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is a brand name of removable, clear aligners that are made of plastic. They have been used by millions of people all over the globe to gradually straighten teeth without the wires and brackets that come with braces.

How Does Invisalign® Work?

Your dentist will help to fit you for your clear aligners using advanced computer technology to create a 3D image of your teeth and make a custom set of aligners just for you. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment. You’ll wear a set of aligners for approximately two weeks, after which you will receive a new, slightly different aligner.

How Long Will I Have To Wear Them?

With each set of aligners you receive, your teeth will move slightly until they reach the desired position. The entire process usually takes a total of about 11 months, but it depends on your particular case and how much your teeth need to be straightened. 

Do I Have To Wear Them 24 Hours a Day?

The more you wear your aligners, the faster you’ll get the results you want. Most people are able to straighten their teeth in a year or less, but that’s as long as they follow the recommendation of wearing their aligners at least 22 hours a day. You should only be removing them for eating, brushing, and flossing. 

Why Should I Choose Invisalign® Over Braces?

There are several reasons to choose Invisalign® over braces, but you do have to consult with your dentist first to make sure you’re a good candidate for clear aligners. Once it is determined that you’re a good candidate, the biggest reason why people love them is that they are clear and no one can see them. Besides being clear, they’re removable — so you can clean them (and your teeth) more easily. And finally, you don’t have to avoid some of your favorite foods and drinks like you do with braces, and you’ll surely have less mouth irritation to deal with. 

How Do I Care For My Invisalign® Clear Aligners?

One of the biggest benefits of having clear aligners is that you can remove them for easier cleaning. It is recommended that you remove your aligners every night and brush them gently to keep them clean. There’s also an Invisalign® cleaning system that can be used for a deeper cleaning which will help keep your aligners sparkling and clear. 

Inquire About Invisalign® in Torrance

If you’re interested in getting Invisalign® in Torrance or would like to learn more, visit our Invisalign® page or contact us to make an appointment at James W. Mellert DDS and Associates. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and set you up for a consultation.