Lots of people have questions about Invisalign and the different options available. Your cosmetic dentist is your best source for detailed information on the Invisalign family of alignment products. This post will give you the basics you need to know for your upcoming appointment. Use this information to discuss the topic with your dental care professional and arrive at the right solution for your needs.
Four Invisalign Options to Consider
The people at Invisalign have developed several approaches to meeting their patient’s teeth alignment needs. These include:
- Invisalign Full: this method can treat moderate to advanced bite issues. It uses aligners for both the top and bottom row of teeth. Treatment usually lasts from 12 to 18 months, after which the patient only needs to wear a nightly retainer to maintain the benefits for a lifetime.
- Invisalign Lite: this is a good option for people who have mild misalignment issues. It’s also a good choice for those who need alignment therapy prior to other cosmetic or restoration procedures. This form of treatment typically takes less time than Invisalign Full.
- Invisalign i7: sometimes you may only have a few teeth that are overcrowded or misaligned. Invisalign i7 was created to provide just this type of focused treatment. It’s also a good option for those who wore traditional braces in the past but need a little touch-up work.
- Invisalign Teen: one concern many parents and teens have about alignment therapy is the appearance of traditional braces. Invisalign Teen is a great low-profile alternative that’s perfect for treating many cases of misaligned teeth in younger people.
We want to stress that only a qualified dentist can prescribe a specific course of alignment therapy. That being said, an informed patient is able to interact with dental care professionals more effectively than one who knows little about oral health topics. With that in mind, here are some answers to common questions about Invisalign.
What Kind of People Can Benefit from Invisalign?
The people most likely to benefit from Invisalign therapy have mild to moderate misalignment issues. They understand the benefits of alignment therapy but have misgivings about wearing traditional braces. They’re willing to wear the aligners at least 22 hours a day to achieve the desired results. They’re also willing to keep the product in its storage case when not in use and perform basic maintenance such as cleaning.
How Many Hours per Day Can I Remove My Aligner?
One of Invisalign’s biggest advantages is the patient’s ability to remove the product for up to two hours per day for meals, brushing, flossing, and other personal tasks. It’s important for you to rinse the product while it’s not in use and to keep it close by. We recommend storing it in the included tray instead of using a paper towel or napkin. Otherwise it may find its way into the waste bin by accident.
Are Invisalign Aligners Hard to Care for?
Invisalign aligners are actually quite easy to care for. It’s important to keep the product away from heat sources, avoid bending it out of shape, use both hands when taking it out of your mouth or putting it back in, and keeping it away from pets and small children. You should also clean the product as directed and rinse it after meals.
The Invisalign family of products makes it possible for more people than ever before to enjoy the benefits that come from modern, gentle alignment therapy. Talk to your cosmetic dentist about Invisalign and other options during your next appointment. Whichever solution you ultimately choose, we wish you plenty of happy smiles in the days ahead.
About the Author
Dr. Richard A. Cea has more than two decades of experience helping people to enjoy straighter, more beautiful smiles. He’s a member of the American Dental Association and the International Association for Orthodontics. He provides Invisalign treatments for both teens and adults. You can reach his office online or by calling (719) 637-1772.