Unlike traditional orthodontic treatments, Invisalign uses clear custom aligners, or trays, to straighten your teeth. Here, our dentists fill you in on how the trays work.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign consists of a series of clear custom trays, known as aligners, to straighten your teeth without brackets or metal wires.
Because every smile is different, advanced 3D computer imaging technology is used to create a customized Invisalign treatment plan based on your unique needs. A series of custom Invisalign aligners will be made to fit your teeth precisely during each stage of your treatment process.
About the Trays
Your Invisalign trays will appear similar to those used during the teeth whitening process, but are specially designed to move your teeth by tiny increments during your orthodontic treatment.
The clear aligners are made with USP Class VImedical-grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins, and are BPA free.
Wearing the Trays
Wear each set of trays for 20 to 22 hours every day for about two weeks, then replace them with the next set of trays in the series. All you need to do is to continue this process until your teeth are in their corrected positions.
One of the best things about Invisalign is that throughout your treatment you will be able to remove the trays to eat, drink, brush and floss, and even for those times when you prefer for no one to know that you're straightening your teeth.
Caring for the Trays
Following the cleaning instructions throughout your treatment will help keep your aligners clean and free of the bacteria, plaque and germs. Caring for your Invisalign clear aligners (trays) is easy, and an important part of your treatment plan.