October 29, 2022 12:01 am Published by Vero Dental
Do you want to straighten your teeth? It’s never too late to get a healthier, straighter smile! Invisalign® is a subtle way to get a straighter smile without most people even noticing you have anything on your teeth. Here’s what you need to know about Invisalign and why it may be a great teeth straightening method for your needs!
What Is Invisalign?
If you haven’t straightened your teeth yet, is it because you don’t want to spend time in metal braces? We get it! Luckily, with Invisalign clear aligner therapy, you don’t have to have noticeable metal brackets and wires disrupting your appearance and irritating your cheeks. Invisalign is a nearly invisible teeth straightening method that utilizes clear aligner trays. These translucent trays can feel similar to a mouthguard, retainer, or whitening trays. Their smooth, clear material means you can continue to smile with confidence while you straighten your teeth.
How Invisalign Works
With Invisalign technology, your dental team will map out an entire treatment plan when you begin your orthodontic journey. You will wear a set of trays for about two weeks at a time. After each two-week period is up, you will swap out your old trays for new ones that will continue to move your teeth even more. With Invisalign, the aligners need to be worn at least 20-22 hours a day. You should only take them out to eat, drink anything other than water, and clean your teeth and trays.
Responsible patients with mild to moderate misalignment are great candidates for Invisalign. The best thing to do is to schedule an in-person consultation with your certified Invisalign dentist to see if you’re a good match! Your dentist will examine your smile, discuss your goals, and go over estimated treatment costs.
Schedule Your Consultation!
If you’re currently looking for an Invisalign dentist in Denver, CO, our team would love to help! At Vero Dental, we proudly offer Invisalign and other cosmetic dental treatments. Please contact us today to schedule an Invisalign consultation at our office!
Anyone who has had their teeth straightened with braces or clear aligner therapy will need to wear retainers to keep their new smile perfectly in place. This is because your teeth will gradually migrate back to their previous, more “natural” positions. If you have removable retainers, it’s incredibly important that you wear them as often as directed so that your teeth do not shift. If your retainers are not worn for an extended period of time, your teeth will shift and additional orthodontic treatment may be required to straighten them back up.
In addition to wearing your retainers regularly, patients should also commit to keeping them clean. Every morning when you take your retainers out, you should rinse them thoroughly with cold water to remove bacteria and debris. We recommend giving your retainers a deep clean at least once a week. If you get sick, it’s a good idea to deep clean your retainers as soon as you are better again, even if you just recently cleaned them.
How Should I Clean My Retainers?
By wearing and cleaning your retainers as often as recommended, you can maintain both a healthy and beautiful smile! Follow these care tips:
While toothpaste is generally too abrasive to use on retainers, you should daily clean them with a soft-bristled toothbrush, a mild dish soap, and cool or lukewarm water.
Regularly soaking your retainers for at least 20 minutes will prevent buildup and discoloration. You can use white vinegar diluted in water (about a 1:1 ratio), denture cleanser, or Retainer Brite tablets.
After brushing and soaking your retainers, be sure to thoroughly rinse them before putting them back in your mouth.
Never boil your retainers, put them in the dishwasher, or soak them in dangerous chemicals like bleach.
Clear Aligners at Vero Dental
Vero Dental offers Invisalign® clear aligners in Denver, CO. This orthodontic treatment can address mild to moderate misalignment. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with our team to see if clear aligner therapy is right for you!
In the past, you would need metal braces if you wanted a straight smile. Today, there are clear aligner treatments that work for many cases! Invisalign® is one of the most popular. How does it work? Are you a good candidate?
How Invisalign works
Invisalign aligners fit over your teeth a bit like mouthguards. Unlike metal braces, they’re removable, so you don’t have food restrictions. Using X-rays, we get a complete picture of your teeth and develop a plan to transform your smile. A lab creates custom aligners that use slight pressure to move your teeth gradually into place. Every 6-8 weeks, we’ll check on your smile’s progress and give you the next set of aligners. For best results, we recommend you wear your aligners at least 20 to 22 hours a day.
Who Is a Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign can fix mild to moderate underbites, overbites, crowding, and other problems. If your case is more complicated, metal braces are often still the best choice. However, don’t assume your teeth are too crooked for Invisalign before getting a consultation. Clear aligners are extremely versatile! Good candidates for Invisalign also have good oral health. If you have untreated decay or gum disease, we’ll need to address those before considering Invisalign.
How Do I Take Care of My Aligners?
If you’re thinking about Invisalign, it’s important to know they need special care. When you eat or drink something other than water, you should remove and rinse your aligners in lukewarm water. Ideally, you should clean your teeth before putting your aligners back in. Whenever you brush your teeth in the morning and evening, wash your aligners, too. Use mild dish soap or a denture cleaner. Toothpaste is too abrasive and can scratch the plastic. Rinse well before returning to your mouth.
Invisalign at Vero Dental in Denver
If you’ve always wanted a straighter smile, ask us about clear aligner therapy! At your consultation, Dr. Giuseffi and Dr. Johnson will let you know if you’re a good candidate and discuss costs, which are similar to traditional braces. We offer a wide variety of payment options to make Invisalign affordable for our patients. Please contact our office with any questions or to set up an appointment.