Cosmetic Dentistry |3 min read

How To Get Invisalign

A woman sitting in a dentist chair smiling and holding an Invisalign tray

Being anxious or embarrassed about your smile can be exhausting.

No one likes hiding their smile or dodging the camera all the time, either.

That’s where Invisalign comes into play.

Invisalign clear aligners can help you overcome fear and embarrassment and help create your dream smile.

In this blog, we’ll outline our five-point process for getting your Invisalign clear aligners and how to take care of them.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment used to straighten your teeth without metal braces.

They are custom-made, clear braces that cover your teeth and gently pull them into the proper position.

This whole process can take up to 18 months.

How to start Invisalign?

Have a consultation with your orthodontist.

We first have to determine if it is right for you. Invisalign is a versatile treatment system, but it doesn’t work for all orthodontic issues.

We also have to consider a patient’s ability or willingness to keep the trays in almost 24 hours a day.

Your orthodontist creates a treatment plan

We take X-rays, photographs, and impressions of your teeth.

These records are sent to the laboratory along with instructions on how we want your teeth to move. Invisalign technicians then generate 3-D renderings (or trays) of your teeth and a computer model of how they will move to their desired positions.

Wait for your aligners

The most difficult part of the process!

The aligners take up to a month to arrive.

But they will arrive!

Wear your aligners

When they are ready, we will fit them for you.

They are all different and are meant to be worn in a specific order.

Each aligner is designed to be worn between two to four weeks.

Each new aligner will gently bring your teeth into closer alignment as your treatment progresses.

You will also need to follow the guidelines for eating and taking care of your aligners.

Your orthodontist refines your smile

More often than not, a few teeth might still need some adjustments at the end of the process.

Worry not, as the refinement trays come at no additional charge.

To find out about getting your Invisalign clear aligners, call us today!

How can I care for my clear aligners?

Rinse your trays whenever you take them out

Rinsing helps to prevent plaque and saliva from drying on the trays, which can cause stains and discoloration.

NEVER use toothpaste to clean your aligners

Using toothpaste can scratch the resin of your clear aligners, causing discoloration. Use a clear, liquid antibacterial soap with a separate soft toothbrush and rinse thoroughly.

Don’t eat or drink while wearing your aligners

Because clear aligners aren’t made for chewing and could crack under pressure.

Brush your trays whenever you brush and floss

In the morning and before bed, brushing your aligners (without toothpaste) when you brush your teeth helps prevent bacteria and plaque buildup.

Soak your aligners once a day

Soak for about 30 minutes once a day (this could be while eating), and rinse them well before putting them back in your mouth!

Brush and floss after each meal

Besides your morning and bedtime brushing routine, you should also brush and floss each time you eat.

This routine should remove any food particles stuck between your teeth and the aligner, preventing bacteria buildup.

Avoid stronger cleaners

Some cleaners are simply too strong to use on your Invisalign clear aligners. Examples of these are:

  • Denture cleaners
  • Mouthwashes
  • Toothpaste

So, make sure to avoid those.

By following these simple steps, plus any advice from your dental team here at Dental Care Center, you can keep your mouth, teeth, and trays beautifully clean and free of bacteria.

Contact us today to find out how Invisalign clear aligners can help create your best smile.

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Dental Care Center is conveniently located on Rowley St., Mitchell, SD, and Main St., Kimball, SD. We also proudly welcome patients from the surrounding areas.

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