Invisalign aligners are a popular alternative to traditional braces for those seeking a straighter smile. These clear aligners offer a discreet option for teeth straightening without the hassle of metal brackets and wires. But what is the process of getting Invisalign aligners, and how do you maintain them for the best results? Let’s take a closer look.
The Process of Getting Invisalign Aligners
The first step in the process is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. During this appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth to determine if Invisalign is the best option for your needs. If it is determined that you are a good candidate for Invisalign, your dentist will take digital impressions of your teeth using a scanner. These impressions are then used to create a 3D model of your teeth, which is used to create a series of custom-made aligners specific to your teeth.
Once your aligners are ready, you will begin wearing them as instructed by your dentist. You will wear each set of aligners for a specific period, usually around two weeks, before moving on to the next set. Over time, your teeth will gradually shift into the desired position until you achieve your straighter smile.
Maintaining Your Invisalign Aligners
To ensure the best results with Invisalign, it’s essential to maintain your aligners properly. Here are some tips to help you keep your aligners clean and in good condition:
- Clean your aligners regularly. You should clean your aligners each time you brush your teeth, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild soap or Invisalign cleaning crystals.
- Avoid eating or drinking with your aligners in. Food particles can get trapped in your aligners, leading to bacteria buildup and tooth decay. Only drink water while wearing your aligners.
- Keep your aligners in their case. When not wearing your aligners, keep them in their protective case to prevent damage.
- Don’t use hot water. Hot water can warp your aligners, so use lukewarm water when cleaning them.
- Attend follow-up appointments. Your dentist will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and ensure that your teeth are shifting as they should. It’s essential to attend these appointments to ensure the best results.
We’ll Keep You Smiling
Invisalign aligners offer a discreet and effective option for straightening your teeth. At Cochran Family Dental, we are committed to helping our patients achieve their dream smile through a variety of cosmetic dental services, including Invisalign. If you’re interested in Invisalign or any of our other services, call us at 703-771-9034 or use the contact form to schedule a consultation. Our team of experienced professionals is here to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
Cochran Family Dental proudly serves patients in Ashburn, Leesburg, Purcellville, Potomac Falls, Lansdowne, Sterling, Hamilton, and the surrounding Virginia communities.