Patient wearing clear bracesConcerned about your underbite or overbite? Worried that you might need braces? Your dentist in Scarborough has the answers you need, including information about Invisalign aligners. Invisalign is a gentle, effective solution that avoids the drawbacks associated with traditional metal dentures.

What Makes Invisalign Better

Millions of Canadians suffer from teeth misalignment problems. But many of these people have avoided seeing their dentist for the problem because of concerns about wearing braces. This is unfortunate, because misaligned teeth can cause a host of health problems over a lifetime. These include tooth decay, persistent headache, and back and neck pain.

Invisalign aligners were developed to address the disadvantages associated with traditional metal braces. Here’s what makes Invisalign the clear choice:

  • Invisalign patients can remove their aligners for up to two hours per day to eat and tend to other personal tasks. There are no wires, metal, or any of the other disadvantages of older approaches.
  • Most patients are able to achieve their therapeutic goals within about 12 months. Of course, this estimate can vary based on the patient’s needs.
  • Invisalign makes traveling easy. Each set of aligners fits into its own sturdy yet lightweight case. Just tuck it into a corner of your suitcase or bag and you’re good to go. You can even take extra aligners along with you.
  • Some people find traditional metal braces uncomfortable to wear. Invisalign is a great alternative for many of these patients.

How Invisalign Works

The first step in Invisalign therapy is to see your dentist. He or she will perform a complete oral examination and make a treatment recommendation. Should the two of you agree that Invisalign is right for you, then the next step is to make a series of digital images of your teeth and mouth. These will be used by the Invisalign lab to craft the actual aligners.

Once your first set arrives, simply slip them in place and wear them as you go about your day. Because the product is made from lightweight, transparent materials, most people will never know that you’re wearing them.

Every 1-2 weeks you will trade up to your next set of aligners until the course of therapy is complete. After that, you only need to wear a nightly retainer to maintain the benefits for the rest of your life.

Caring for Invisalign Is Easy

Invisalign aligners are remarkably easy to care for. You should remove the appliance after every meal and give it a good rinsing. Plain tap water is fine for this purpose. You should also clean the product daily. You can use the cleaning crystals provided by the manufacturer or any good name brand denture cleaner.

It’s important to keep your Invisalign aligners away from heat sources such as stoves and climate control units. Store them in their carrying case when not in use.

Invisalign makes it possible for today’s dental patients to enjoy the benefits of alignment therapy without the drawbacks. Talk to your dentist about this exciting treatment option during your upcoming appointment.

About the Author

Dr. Samantha Amaro earned her DMD degree from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA. She’s a proud member of the Ontario Dental Association and the Royal College of Dental Surgeons. You can reach her office online or by calling 416-285-4545.