Invisalign is made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), a clear, patented material called SmartTrack. This strong, medical-grade, multilayer plastic was developed after eight years of research and testing 260 materials. SmartTrack has been specifically designed to move teeth gradually and predictably. The FDA-approved plastic is BPA-free and safe for long-term wear.
Invisalign is ideal for people who are self-conscious about wearing metal braces. It is also a good choice for people who play sports or instruments, as there is no risk of the aligners getting caught on anything or causing injury.
People with severe dental problems may not be suitable candidates for Invisalign. Dr. Samani will be able to assess whether or not you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment.
Invisalign clear aligners help correct the following:
Overbite (when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth)
Underbite (when the lower teeth bite over the upper teeth)
Crossbite (when the upper and lower jaws are misaligned)
Your treatment begins with a consultation with a dentist or orthodontist. The dentist will use x-rays and digital scans to create a 3D picture of your teeth. The information is then used to produce a custom set of aligners you need to wear for 20-22 hours each day. You will visit your doctor every 4-6 weeks so they can check on your progress and give you new aligners as needed.
You should wear each aligner for about two weeks before switching to the next aligner. As you progress through the aligners, your teeth will slowly move into the desired position. Invisalign also uses the new Outcome Simulator tool to map out the exact movements of your teeth from start to finish. Now you'll be able to see your new smile before you even begin treatment!
The length of treatment varies from patient to patient; it can be as short as six months for mild cases. However, most people will need to wear Invisalign for about 12 to 18 months. After treatment, you must wear a retainer to keep your newly straightened teeth in place.
Comfortable: Invisalign is generally more comfortable to wear than traditional braces because it puts less pressure on your teeth and gums. Without the metal wires, there is little risk of irritation or discomfort.
Less-Invasive: With Invisalign, no brackets or wires need to be glued to the teeth, making it a great option for those who are self-conscious about their appearance.
No Dietary Restrictions: You can enjoy all your favorite foods without worrying about damaging your braces. Simply take out your aligners before eating and don't forget to brush your teeth afterward. It's that easy!