Are you looking for an invisible alternative to traditional braces?
At Larsen Family Dental, we are happy to offer our patients Invisalign as a part of our offerings for cosmetic dentistry in Bountiful, UT. Invisalign is a set of clear, plastic aligners that gradually apply pressure to your teeth and encourage them to shift into a straighter position over time. Patients with mild to moderate orthodontic issues benefit the most from Invisalign. If you are a good candidate for this teeth-straightening solution, you’ll love how discreet and easy to clean it is.
Patients can remove the aligners to eat and drink, as well as clean them and thoroughly brush their own teeth. This means that no one will know you are undergoing orthodontic treatment unless you choose to tell them. They are made from a see-through, hard-soft material, so you can maintain your natural smile’s aesthetics while in the process of improving it. Dr. Larsen looks forward to consulting with you on this alternative to traditional braces and finding out if they are right for you.
Invisalign in Bountiful, UT
As a family dentist in Bountiful, UT, Dr. Larsen understands the importance of maintaining your self-confidence while undergoing orthodontic care. This is why he is proud to offer Invisalign to patients who are considered to be candidates. If you are interested in bettering your smile with Invisalign clear aligners, schedule an appointment Here are some frequently asked questions about Invisalign treatment:
How long will Invisalign treatment last?
This depends on the starting condition of your smile. On average, Invisalign treatment lasts from 12 to 18 months, though you should start seeing results within a few weeks.
When can I take my aligners off?
You have to wear your Invisalign aligners 22 hours a day in order for your treatment to be effective and remain on track. However, you can take your aligners off when you eat, drink, brush, or floss. Additionally, you can remove them during a special occasion like a wedding or a job interview, though you certainly won’t need to. The aligners are made to be comfortable and discreet so that you can feel confident wearing them as often as possible.
How should I clean my Invisalign aligners?
Brushing and rinsing your Invisalign aligners will keep them clean enough for use. Make it a habit to clean your aligners as often as you brush your own teeth. Do not rinse the aligners in scalding water, as they are made of meltable material. Additionally, if you have any sort of staining residue on your teeth, your Invisalign aligner can become stained too. This is why we encourage diligent oral hygiene always, especially while undergoing treatment.
How many aligners will I need?
This also depends on the starting condition of your smile. Dr. Larsen will give you a good idea of what to expect from your individualized treatment plan during your consultation. Expect to change aligners every two weeks. Each aligner will apply slight pressure to your teeth and encourage them to shift. Your teeth may feel loose when you remove the Invisalign aligners. This is common and only means that the treatment is in the process of shifting your teeth into your desired position.
Does Invisalign hurt?
Invisalign isn’t completely painless, but you shouldn’t ever be in intense pain. You’ll often experience some soreness when you change to a new aligner for the first few days. Your teeth have to adjust to the new aligner and to being shifted into a different position. If you’re experiencing severe or nonstop pain, call our office to get checked out.
Does your jaw change with Invisalign?
Invisalign is ideal for mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. Invisalign is designed to fix your top and bottom arches of teeth so that they come together properly. This helps your mouth become more harmonious and brings things together properly. It helps to straighten your teeth so that the bite comes together in the way it should.
Can I speed up my treatment with Invisalign?
You should keep to the schedule that your dentist sets for you. It’s important that the teeth are slowly moved into position and aren’t rushed. While you may feel like you can change the aligners when your teeth feel used to them, that isn’t the case. Moving your teeth too fast can cause them to become loose. The gums and bone that keep your teeth anchored need time to adjust and keep up with the movement of your teeth.
What can I eat and drink with Invisalign?
The convenient thing about Invisalign is that you don’t have to change your diet. The aligners can be taken out when you’re eating and drinking so that you can continue to consume your usual diet. With the aligners in, the only thing you can do is drink water. Anything else can damage or stain your aligners.