The Invisalign® System is a cosmetic orthodontic tool used to straighten a patient’s teeth slowly over time. The Invisalign® system is very different than traditional, metal braces because the inserts worn by each patient are clear and practically invisible, giving it the name. The Invisalign® aligners are customized for each patient’s teeth after Dr. Hambarchian takes complete x-rays and impressions of the teeth. The aligners are worn during the entire aligning process.
The needs of each patient will be different, and Dr. Hambarchian will make sure to create a treatment program which fits those unique needs. The doctor will order a set of aligners to fit the patient’s teeth which will guide them into place until they are straight. The aligners are made with BPA-free plastic. This is a soft, comfortable material. The aligners have to be worn every day and only taken out when eating particular foods or to brush and floss teeth. Teeth gradually begin to shift to their correct position as the patient continues to wear them each day. In most cases, the aligners are exchanged for a new set every 14 days and should stay in place for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours every day. The entire straightening procedure takes approximately 12 to 18 months in adults and around the same time as metal braces for teens. When taking care of the aligners, Dr. Hambarchian recommends that patients take out the aligner and rinse it with warm water every night. Patients can also brush them with a very soft bristle toothbrush.
While metal braces cannot be taken out at all when working, Invisalign® System aligners can be removed for eating or whenever the patient needs to clean his or her teeth. There are no food restrictions this way because the aligners can be taken out when eating foods that would otherwise get stuck to the braces. This makes it much easier to maintain good oral hygiene habits throughout the process. The aligners are also transparent and made from a smooth plastic which won’t irritate the patient’s cheeks and gums like metal braces can.
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