Tips on Getting a Red-Carpet Smile with Invisalign

Atlanta GA Invisalign Braces ProviderThere are many great options for achieving a red-carpet smile these days. Orthodontics have come a long way since they were introduced to patients more than 2,000 years ago. For years in America, orthodontic patients only had the option of wearing metal braces for two to four years in order to correct their smile. While this was often seen as a “rite of passage” for adolescents and teens, it was rarely appreciated by adults who were not able to undergo orthodontic treatment at a young age. Traditional metal braces are still not an ideal option for many because of professional reasons, athletic involvement, or convenience. That is what makes Invisalign® clear aligners such a great option for those who want to achieve a red-carpet smile but who do not want to use traditional metal brackets and wire braces.

Invisalign® is a specific orthodontic treatment that uses a series of aligners to move the teeth into their desired positions. These aligners provide a more comfortable and convenient method of orthodontics because they are removable while eating and cleaning the teeth, and they do not require the discomfort of tightening metal wires inside the mouth. To ensure that you are getting the most out of your Invisalign® treatment, the following tips will help you straighten your teeth as quickly and successfully as possible.

  • Floss your teeth every single day. While brushing your teeth may be a habit that you rarely have to think about doing, flossing is often an overlooked dental habit. Floss helps to remove bacteria-laden plaque from the gum line and between the teeth. Because Invisalign® aligners fit snuggly against your teeth, any grime that is stuck between the teeth and/or at the gum line will be trapped. Flossing your teeth every single day will help to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
  • Wear your aligners at least 22 hours every day. In order for your Invisalign® aligners to do their job efficiently and successfully, they must be worn at least 22 hours a day. This means that unless your aligners are removed because you are eating or cleaning your teeth and aligners, they should be in your mouth. The aligners cannot and will not work if they are not inside your mouth!
  • Stick to your prescribed schedule. Every patient is given a schedule to follow for wearing their Invisalign® aligners. Because the aligners work in a series, gradually changing each time you put new aligners inside your mouth, it is important to stick to the schedule. Most patients switch out their aligners for new ones every two weeks. Some patients have a different schedule due to specific concerns. It is important that you adhere to the schedule in order to see your desired results. If your dentist tells you to wear your new set of aligners an extra week, there is good reason and you should do it. If you are supposed to change aligners every two weeks, then set a reminder to remind you to change your aligners. You will not achieve the red-carpet results that you desire if you do not stick to the prescribed schedule for changing your smile. It is also important to note that you will not make your treatment go faster by skipping ahead to new aligners before you are supposed to. In fact, this can actually make your treatment slow down because missing a step can mess up your progress.
  • Do not give up on your aligners. At first, your aligners will feel strange and foreign inside your mouth. This is normal. You may speak with a lisp for a few days, your mouth may be a little sore, or your aligners may just aggravate you – but do not give up! The more you wear your aligners, they more natural they will feel inside your mouth.
  • Clean your aligners daily. It is not advised to brush your aligners with toothpaste as this can scratch the plastic, but it is important to clean them each day. Putting dirty aligners into your mouth will only cause your teeth to be dirty and your gums to become infected. The best way to clean Invisalign® aligners is with warm water and antibacterial soap.
  • Commit to wearing your retainer. Once your Invisalign® treatment is complete and you have achieved the red-carpet smile you dreamed about, it is up to you to maintain it. Most patients will receive a retainer to wear for a few months. This retainer is what holds your teeth in their new position. Do not ruin your brand-new smile by choosing not to wear your retainer.

At Pure Dental Health, we are proud to offer Invisalign® orthodontic treatment to patients who wish to improve the appearance of their smiles. Please contact our practice to schedule a consultation appointment to learn whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign® or whether another option is more suited for your needs. We look forward to helping you achieve that red-carpet smile you have been dreaming of!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott
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2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642

Invisalign

For decades, the only way for people to achieve straighter teeth was through the traditional orthodontic treatment that utilized metal braces. While highly effective, they are often an undesirable approach for adjusting a person’s teeth simply because of how noticeable and unattractive they are. Adults are typically the most self-conscience about undergoing orthodontic treatment; whether they fear embarrassment in professional settings or in their social lives, adults often choose to live with crooked teeth rather than choosing orthodontic treatment. This is where the advantages of Invisalign clear aligners become so desirable for those who are looking into other orthodontic treatments. Invisalign clear aligners are an innovative approach to straightening the teeth, and they are a great alternative for many people who do not wish to suffer through metal braces for the next two or more years.

The Invisalign system was designed to give discretion to adults who desired orthodontic results without having to wear traditional metal braces. Invisalign aligners work by using a customized set of dental aligners that gradually move the teeth into their desired positions. After your visit to the dentist to determine that you are a good candidate for Invisalign, you will be given a few sets of aligners that are worn for approximately two weeks. After two weeks (or a specific time determined by your dentist), you will change your aligners to the next set in progression to carefully adjust your teeth. Each time a new aligner tray is custom fitted to your mouth, slight adjustments are being made to shift and straighten your smile. This slight shifting takes the place of tightening adjustments that are typically made with traditional metal braces. The aligners work to move the teeth into their desired positions.

Aligner trays are made from BPA-free plastic, making them safe for everyday wear. The transparency of the aligners makes them virtually invisible to others, allowing you to keep your orthodontic treatment as discreet as you wish it to be. Because the dental aligners are custom fitted to your specific mouth, they are quite comfortable to wear. You need not worry about irritating wires and brackets that can cause sores on the mouth because the aligners simply sit on top of your natural teeth. Patients of Invisalign Orthodontic treatment are able to go about their daily lives without any interruption or inconvenience. Invisalign aligners can be worn during recreational activities and sports without worry of injuring the mouth during participation.

Invisalign is a truly convenient method for straightening the teeth and achieving a beautiful smile. The aligners are worn each day for at least 22 hours per day, and they do the work. The only times that the aligners should be removed is when you eat, drink anything other than water, floss, and brush your teeth. Their discretion allows them to go unnoticed, and if you are discreet while removing your aligners, no one will suspect that you are even wearing them.

At Pure Dental Health, we want all of our patients to have the ability to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. Invisalign orthodontic treatment is often less expensive than traditional orthodontics simply because it is often a faster method for aligning the teeth. The average case for Invisalign treatment is 12 months. However, the timing of any one person’s treatment is always based upon the conditions of a patient’s teeth and how long it will take to achieve each individual’s results. Our doctor will map out a specific aligner interval sequence based on each person’s teeth in order to create a specific time frame for successful treatment.

Some of the main conditions that can be successfully treated through Invisalign are:

  • Gapped Teeth
  • Over Bite
  • Under Bite
  • Open Bite
  • Cross Bite
  • Crowded Teeth

If you would like to learn more about Invisalign and whether or not it is an appropriate treatment for your smile, please contact Pure Dental Health today. We proudly accept many popular dental plans and offer financing for those needing payment options for any treatments not covered by insurance. We want to help you achieve the smile that you have always wanted.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott
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Pure Dental HealthAtlanta Dentist
2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642