Arcadia Dentistry
Matthew Milana, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.

Your Invisalign Treatment Guide

September 18, 2022
Posted By: Arcadia Dentistry

Are you considering Invisalign in Phoenix? Through orthodontics, you not only boost your smile's appearance but also contribute to your ongoing oral health. Your dentist thinks—along with regular checkups and teeth cleanings—that straightening your teeth is one of the smartest investments you can make for your smile.

And Invisalign is the most popular option around!

What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

Invisalign in Phoenix, AZ, is a comprehensive orthodontic system that uses clear custom tooth trays to move teeth into straight and correct positions over time. The custom aligners fit over teeth, and you change them every few weeks. As time passes, you'll notice your teeth moving into position, which can be very exciting!

Occasionally, you visit our dental office during treatment so your dentist can check your progress.

Finishing your aligner supply marks the end of treatment. At that time, we fit you with a retainer to help hold your teeth in their new straight positions.

What Kind of Issues Can Invisalign Correct?

  • Bite alignment issues like the overbite
  • Gaps or uneven spaces between teeth
  • Crooked, twisted, and overlapping teeth

Getting Your Invisalign Aligners

If you're a candidate for Invisalign, we take careful impressions of your teeth, send the results to the Invisalign lab, and wait while they fabricate your aligners.

When your orthodontic system is ready, you come to our dental office to pick it up. A team member will show you how to place your aligners over your teeth and other specific strategies for wear and care.

When you take your aligners home, you'll be well-versed in how to use the system and care for your tooth trays.

Wearing Your Invisalign Aligners

While in treatment, wearing your aligners for approximately 22 hours per day is essential. The longer you wear your aligners, the better your results.

However, you can take them out when eating, brushing, and flossing.

It's also essential to change your aligners on schedule. Again, your dentist will provide the timeline, so you'll know when it's time to discard and move on to the next one.

Taking Care of Your Invisalign Aligners

When you're eating or cleaning your teeth, we recommend storing your aligners in their case. Putting them in any other location can lead to loss or damage.

It's also essential to clean your teeth after eating. You don't want to place your aligners over teeth that have not been brushed. Getting a cavity or dental infection due to debris on teeth can interfere with the Invisalign treatment and put your oral health at risk.

To clean your aligners, we recommend gentle hand soap and tap water. Using harsh detergents or toothpaste can damage the plastic. And always use room temperature water. Temperatures that are too hot can harm your aligners.

Can Anyone Wear Invisalign?

Your dentist first evaluates your teeth and gums before giving the green light for Invisalign. We also let you know what to expect with treatment and address any questions you might have. At your initial visit, you'll also learn how long you'll be in therapy—typically, several months or as long as two years.

Fortunately, many patients are excellent candidates for Invisalign, but to be sure, a thorough evaluation is crucial. Sometimes your dentist must address specific oral health issues before okaying you for Invisalign, including untreated tooth decay.

If you're not a candidate—even with pretreatments—your dentist will explain why and may recommend an alternative.

Is There an Invisalign Learning Curve?

Our team always ensures you know how to change your aligners and keep them clean, but any change comes with an adjustment period.

For example, it may take a few days to adjust to speaking clearly when your aligners are in. And because something new is in your mouth, you may be uncomfortable or unsure at first.

Fortunately, the more you wear your aligners, the faster you'll adjust. So soon, having aligners over your teeth will feel natural—maybe even forgettable.  

Six Reasons to Consider Invisalign Today

  1. Discreet orthodontic experience
  2. Less wear and tear on teeth after treatment
  3. Less weighty and cumbersome than traditional braces
  4. Straight teeth are easier to clean
  5. Removable aligners for more accessible oral hygiene sessions
  6. A smile you can be proud to show the world

Schedule Your Consultation for Invisalign in Phoenix, AZ

If you want to learn more about clear orthodontics or invisible braces, we urge you to contact a dental team member today to arrange a consultation with the dentist. And don't forget to ask about our third-party financing options.

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