Invisalign® is a modern alternative to straighten your teeth without wires or metal. Invisalign® involves a series of custom trays designed specifically for you and the plan your dentist or orthodontist creates to move your teeth. The trays are made from a smooth plastic that covers your teeth and gradually moves them into place.
Unlike braces, there are no brackets to tighten. Instead, you use different trays as your teeth move into position. Typically trays are changed every two weeks. Invisalign® is a popular choice for straightening because it involves minimal disturbance to your daily routine or appearance. The trays are difficult to see and most people will have no idea you are wearing them.request an appointment
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What Are Invisalign Chewies & How to Use Them
Invisalign chewies are a useful device that you chew on to close any air bubbles between your Invisalign aligners and your teeth. They improve the fit of your aligners and ensure they feel comfortable and work properly. Invisalign chewies are necessary only if the aligners aren’t fitting correctly, usually when you first switch to a new set. Most of the time, your aligners should fit perfectly, due to the superior fit of Invisalign SmartTrack™ material.
Chewies are made of a soft plastic; they’re about the size and shape of a pencil grip or a cotton roll. They’re specifically created and designed for clear aligner treatment, to improve fit and comfort.
When you first put on a new set of Invisalign aligners, they may not fit perfectly at first. Chewies help work the aligners into a better fit. Simply bite down on a Chewie and chew for 5-10 minutes a day, shifting it around to different parts of your mouth, especially anywhere you feel or see air bubbles, which means the aligners aren’t snug against your teeth. You can chew on them as often as you need to, but they are usually used when adjusting to a new set of aligners.
The best time to use Invisalign Chewies is at night, before bedtime, to keep your aligners snug in your mouth while you sleep. Wash them with warm soap and water and reuse until they lose their shape and elasticity. Your dentist can provide you with a replacement package, or you can easily order more Chewies online.
1. What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that uses clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth. It offers an alternative to traditional braces, providing a more discreet and comfortable way to achieve a straighter smile.
2. How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign treatment involves a series of custom-made, clear aligners that gradually shift teeth into the desired position. Each set of aligners is worn for about one to two weeks before progressing to the next set, gently and gradually aligning the teeth.
3. Who is a suitable candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is suitable for individuals with mild to moderate orthodontic issues, such as crowded teeth, gaps, or misaligned bites. A consultation with an Invisalign provider can determine if it’s the right treatment for you.
4. What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, offering a discreet orthodontic solution. They are removable, allowing for easier cleaning, eating, and oral hygiene maintenance compared to traditional braces. Invisalign also typically involves fewer visits to the dentist or orthodontist.
5. How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The duration of Invisalign treatment varies based on individual cases. On average, treatment may last between 6 to 18 months, depending on the complexity of the orthodontic issues being addressed.
6. Is Invisalign treatment painful?
Invisalign treatment is generally less uncomfortable than traditional braces. Patients might experience some mild discomfort or pressure when transitioning to a new set of aligners, but it is temporary and normal.
7. How often should I wear Invisalign aligners?
For optimal results, Invisalign aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day, removing them only for eating, drinking (except for water), brushing, and flossing.
8. Can I eat or drink while wearing Invisalign aligners?
It’s recommended to remove Invisalign aligners when eating or drinking anything other than water to prevent staining or damaging the aligners. Afterward, it’s essential to brush your teeth before reinserting them.
9. Can Invisalign aligners be used for teens?
Yes, Invisalign offers specific treatments designed for teenagers, known as Invisalign Teen, addressing the unique needs and lifestyle of younger patients.
10. How can I get started with Invisalign treatment?
To start Invisalign treatment, schedule a consultation with an Invisalign provider. They will assess your dental needs, discuss treatment options, and create a personalized plan to achieve your desired smile.