Your orthodontic treatment doesn't have to detract from your smile. Invisalign offers a more attractive alternative to metal braces. Your Trenton, MI, dentists Drs. Mehul Patel, Heba Abuhussein, and Lena Mustafa can help you improve your smile with the innovative orthodontic treatment method.
What is Invisalign?
The Invisalign system replaces metal or ceramic wires and brackets with clear, comfortable, removable aligner trays. The aligner trays look like mouthguards but fit your teeth much more snugly. The system provides a much more subtle way to straighten your teeth or correct bite problems yet is just as effective as traditional braces.
How does Invisalign work?
Constant gentle pressure applied by your aligner trays gradually realigns your teeth. During your first Invisalign appointment, your Trenton dentist creates a 3D image of your teeth by combining digital images, impressions, and X-rays. The image is used to design a series of aligner trays that will correct your orthodontic issues.
Over the course of your treatment, you'll wear multiple sets of trays. Each set in the series is worn for approximately two weeks, then replaced with the next set. Although you can take the trays out any time you want, it's best to keep them in your mouth for 20 to 22 hours per day for best results.
Do I have to avoid certain foods?
If you wore ceramic or metal braces, popcorn, chewing gum, and hard fruits and vegetables would be off-limits, as these foods could damage your brackets or wires or become stuck in them. The elimination of brackets and wires means there's no need to worry about food restrictions. Since you'll take your trays out before you eat, your diet won't have to change. You'll also remove your trays when you brush your teeth, which makes oral hygiene simple and uncomplicated.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
Teenagers generally wear Invisalign aligner trays for approximately the same amount of time that they would wear traditional braces. Adult treatment doesn't take nearly as long. In fact, straightening your smile may only take about one year.
Straighten your smile with discreet Invisalign treatment! Call your Trenton, MI, dentists Drs. Mehul Patel, Heba Abuhussein, and Lena Mustafa at (734) 675-0585 to schedule your appointment.