A Guide To Invisalign: Everything You Need To Know
woman smiling with straight teeth

You’re eager to transform your smile into a straighter stretch of pearly whites with your dentist’s help this year. But you’d prefer to do it without a mouth full of metal, a.k.a. traditional metal braces. 

Good news. You don’t have to.

With transparent Invisalign aligners, you can straighten your teeth and correct bite issues without using wires and metal brackets. The removable aligners gradually shift teeth and straighten your smile with light pressure, resulting in a beautiful Hollywood smile.

Here’s a rundown on everything you need to know about how Invisalign aligners work and how they can improve your smile and, in turn, your confidence long term.

How Do Invisalign Aligners Work?

Your Invisalign procedure will begin with a dental visit, as your dentist must first determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign. The dentist will examine both your bite and your teeth, then come up with a plan for straightening your teeth to your satisfaction. The computerized plan will show you exactly where your pearly whites will go as you wear your virtually invisible trays.

Once you have agreed upon your dentist’s plan, a lab will fabricate your first set of Invisalign aligners for you. You’ll then wear this first set for 1-2 weeks. This will be followed by more sets of aligners over a specified period until you have achieved the smile you desire.

two Invisalign aligners on a gloved hand

How Long Does the Invisalign Treatment Process Take?

Invisalign treatment typically takes 12-18 months, but you might begin to notice changes in your smile in just a handful of weeks.

During the treatment period, your Invisalign aligners should be worn for 20-22 hours daily. Remove the aligners only to floss, brush your teeth, eat, or drink. 

What Foods and Drinks Should You Avoid When Wearing Invisalign?

While you are undergoing Invisalign treatment, you should generally avoid consuming foods that might cause the teeth to become misaligned. These foods include, for example, sticky caramel and hard raw carrots. 

You may also want to avoid consuming wine, tea, and coffee, as these could stain your clear aligners. Drinking a hot beverage while wearing your aligners is also a no-no, as the hot liquid could distort the clear plastic tray.

Take Advantage of Invisalign at Alondra Dental Care Today

If you are interested in straightening your teeth with Invisalign, we at Alondra Dental Care can get you started with the process. We’ll take a look at your teeth and tell you whether Invisalign is the solution you need to get the smile you desire.

When you choose us, you can rest assured that your experience in our office will always be enjoyable and satisfactory. That’s because we’ll always tailor your treatment plan to your unique needs. We also always clearly communicate next steps. Call us to schedule an appointment to discuss how Invisalign may help you today.