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Invisalign has changed the smiles and lives of millions of people by revolutionizing the way they straighten their crooked teeth. You've likely heard of this orthodontic system, which uses clear aligners that look similar to whitening trays. But if you've ever wondered if Invisalign is right for you, you've come to the right place. Below, Dr. Anna Dneprov of Smile Designers in Gresham, OR has answered a few common questions from her patients regarding Invisalign.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign uses a similar method to traditional braces: it places controlled pressure against certain teeth to move them into the proper position. However, instead of metal brackets and wires, your teeth shift into place with gentle compression from the soft plastic aligners. Your Gresham dentist will actually show you a custom virtual treatment plan with your final results included.
How is Invisalign made?
Your Gresham dentist starts your journey to straightened teeth by taking precise and comprehensive measurements of your mouth. These can include x-rays and digital images. The information is sent to a dental laboratory, where your series of aligners will be custom made out of a medical-grade, BPA-free flexible plastic. Each aligner will reflect the subtle changes that your teeth will undergo while wearing the aligner before it.
When can I remove my aligners?
For maximum effectiveness, your aligners should be worn 20 to 22 hours a day; while you work, sleep, and drive in your car. However, they are designed to be removed while you eat and drink, as well as to properly brush and floss your teeth and clean your aligners. This feature ensures that you maintain a healthy diet and good oral hygiene during your Invisalign regimen.
If Invisalign sounds like something that might work for you, it's time to make an appointment at Smile Designers. Contact our office in Gresham, OR to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dneprov today!