St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN – Invisalign wearers are thankful that, finally, there is a modern way to achieve a straight, beautiful smile without resorting to a mouthful of metal.
Invisalign uses clear aligner trays that gradually move the teeth into place. The trays are comprised of clear plastic and are completely removable, providing a comfortable orthodontic experience.
When it comes to the clarity of the plastic, many patients considering Invisalign want to know: Are the aligner trays truly invisible?
Your St. Paul/Minneapolis Invisalign specialist has heard this question many times in her Eagan, Minnesota office. Your doctor says that she basically gives the same answer every time: Invisalign aligner trays are nearly invisible, which is typically good enough for most orthodontic patients.
Your ORTHODONTIST says, “Invisalign aligners are comprised of a thermoplastic material that is uniquely developed for straightening teeth. In many ways, the trays resemble the ones you use for teeth whitening.”
The St. Paul orthodontist adds that when the trays are placed onto the teeth, the plastic blends in with the patient’s teeth color, which means that many people won’t even notice the person is wearing Invisalign.
Your doctor does have some tips to ensure that the trays remain as clear as possible while treatment is ongoing.
Proper Aligner Care
Patients of Invisalign are required to wear their aligner trays between 20 and 22 hours per day. The trays are only to be removed for eating, brushing and flossing.
While the trays are required to be brushed and cleaned between usage, patients should take care not to use abrasive toothpaste or other cleaners.
“Brushing with lukewarm water will adequately clean Invisalign aligner trays,” your doctor says.
Beware of Staining
The aligner trays can become stained if the patient eats and/or drinks and then fails to brush before putting the trays back in. The problem becomes worse when liquids like red wine, coffee, and tea are consumed, then swished around while the aligner trays are still in the patient’s mouth.
“If it stains your tongue, it will probably stain your Invisalign trays,” your doctor says.
She recommends that Invisalign wearers ensure that their mouths are thoroughly brushed, flossed and rinsed after meals and before the trays are put back in. Doing so will keep the aligner trays looking their best for the duration of treatment.
Your ORTHODONTIST says, “Unlike traditional braces, with Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth without altering your appearance very much throughout treatment. Most people won’t even know you’re wearing them unless they get up really close. That’s the beauty of this revolutionary treatment system.”
To learn more about Invisalign, the nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth without metal braces, schedule a consultation with your doctor today.
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