Invisalign® clear aligners prove that effective orthodontic treatment doesn’t have to be difficult. These ingenious appliances have helped millions straighten their teeth and achieve better-looking smiles, and they can help you too.
Invisalign® Aligners at Haslam Dental
Invisalign® aligners are an effective and discreet orthodontic treatment option that are worn comfortably over your teeth to continuously adjust alignment and spacing.
Invisalign® aligners are custom-made using models of both your current teeth and the end result you hope to achieve. With Invisalign® aligners, you will switch to new aligners about every two weeks with each set shifting the teeth slightly—this continues until you have achieved your final results, which usually takes about two years.
You remove the Invisalign® aligners for eating, drinking and cleaning only. At first, they will feel very tight, but they will begin to loosen and feel more comfortable after a few days.
We offer Invisalign® in Ogden, UT. Call Haslam Dental to schedule a consultation today.
How does the Invisalign® process work?
To begin, we will take photographs of your teeth and face, dental impressions of your teeth and x-rays. Those records are sent to Invisalign® with detailed instructions on how we want the final result to appear. Invisalign® will scan the impressions to create a 3D model of the teeth and work with your dentist to get the mold to its exact proportions. Once final, the trays are made and mailed to your dentist office. You will wear a set of trays for two weeks at a time for approximately 2 years, or the length of time determined by your dentist.
What are the differences between Invisalign® and braces?
There are many differences between Invisalign® and braces, we’ve listed some of the largest ones here. Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but the introduction of Invisalign® to the market introduced a more efficient, less painful way to straighten teeth.
- Invisalign® uses clear transparent aligners, while braces use wires and brackets.
- Invisalign® aligners can be removed by the user at any time, while braces can only be removed by a professional.
- Invisalign® allows a user to eat whatever they would like and not make changes to their oral care practices, while braces restrict what the user can safely eat and require special maintenance and care.
- Invisalign® aligners do not present any injury risks, while braces can lead to cuts and other injuries.
- Invisalign® aligners are nearly impossible for others to notice, while braces are almost impossible to miss.
Who can use Invisalign®?
Most teens and adult patients requiring mild to moderate orthodontic corrections can use Invisalign®. This includes patients with teeth that are crooked and misaligned or teeth that feature noticeable spacing problems. Invisalign® can even help patients with minor bite issues—however, not all orthodontic issues can be treated with Invisalign®. More extensive problems will require additional treatment.
Can you chew gum with Invisalign®?
No, you can not chew gum with your Invisalign® aligners in. You can remove your Invisalign® to chew gum. However, you need to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day to ensure that you are getting the best results.
How do you clean Invisalign® aligners?
It’s important to clean your Invisalign® regularly so that there is no bacteria buildup in them that could cause harm to your oral health. There are many ways that you can clean your Invisalign®, but some of the best ways to clean them are soaking your aligners with Invisalign® cleaning crystals or gently brushing your aligners with soapy water.
Interested in Invisalign®?
If you would like to setup an Invisalign® consultation, if you have any questions about how Invisalign® works, or if you're unsure if Invisalign® is right for you—contact us.