It’s a fair question. You want a discreet way to straighten your teeth, but you’re not sure what to expect from Invisalign clear aligners.
So, what does Invisalign look like? Our dentists in West Omaha, NE, answer your questions about Invisalign treatment here.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic system that straightens your teeth. Similar to traditional braces, Invisalign treatment works by gently straightening the teeth. Invisalign is an option for patients with the following concerns, including:
Overbites, underbites, and crossbites
Invisalign is made using 3-D technology, meaning your aligners are custom-fit to your teeth! In general, you can expect to wear your trays 20-22 hours a day and see your dentist every six weeks for regular check-ups.
What Does Invisalign Look Like?
Invisalign looks like a clear retainer. The aligners are made of hard plastic and aren't as noticeable as traditional braces — though they're not completely invisible either!
Invisalign covers the top and bottom teeth. While the aligners are transparent, they will add thickness to the teeth. The trays are also contoured to your teeth, creating a scalloped edge. This helps the aligners to blend in with your gums.
You’ll receive several sets of aligners that you'll replace every one to two weeks. Each set is slightly different, as Invisalign moves your teeth incrementally.
For most, Invisalign treatment is more than just clear, plastic trays. Your dentist may use add-ons to move your teeth more effectively.
You should know whether or not you’ll need attachments during your initial consultation.
A few examples of Invisalign add-ons include:
Attachments - Attachments are small, tooth-colored dots made of composite resin. They serve as anchors for your aligners, ensuring a tight fit. Attachments apply more force to the teeth, helping them move in the right direction.
Buttons - Buttons are similar to attachments, except they hold elastic bands. Rubber bands may be used to connect your top and bottom teeth, aligning your bite. While small and discrete, some patients wear two bands on opposite sides of the mouth.
Power Ridges - Power ridges are two attachments, one on each side of the same tooth. The attachments are usually staggered, applying pressure in opposite directions. Power ridges are recommended for moving teeth forward or backward into alignment.
Add-ons can make Invisalign more apparent, especially if they’re at the front of the mouth! For instance, attachments or buttons may make it look like you have clear braces — though you’re missing the metal wire.
Your add-ons will match the color of your teeth. However, if your teeth become stained, they’ll be more noticeable. This makes brushing your teeth (and Invisalign!) all the more important!
How to Clean Invisalign
Not cleaning your Invisalign aligners will affect what they look like. While how long Invisalign treatment takes depends on wearing your trays 20-22 hours a day, you should take them out before eating or drinking anything other than water.
Our dentists in Omaha, NE, also recommend cleaning your trays every time you remove them. Consider using a colorless soap or Invisalign Cleaning Crystals to eliminate plaque on your Invisalign. You may also want to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth before putting your aligners back in.
Check out our guide on how to clean Invisalign for more information.
Invisalign Treatment in Omaha, NE
With over 30 years of experience, our dentists are some of West Omaha’s most trusted Invisalign providers. Have a question about Invisalign treatment? We can help get you the information you need!