How To Keep Invisalign Trays Clear

Doctors Showing Aligners - 4If you’re considering choosing the Invisalign system, you may be curious how patients effectively keep their aligners clean. Although orthodontists tend to have their own opinions on the matter, there are several techniques patients swear by to keep their trays completely clear. Here is a list of tricks you can use when cleaning your Invisalign trays:

Use cold water- Cold water is the most effective solution to remove dried saliva buildup. Rinsing frequently will eliminate any bacteria hiding in your trays.

Avoid hot water- As tempting as it may be, do not put your aligners in the dishwasher or soak them in warm water. Doing so will damage the plastic and cost you a replacement.

Brush and Floss- If you pay special attention to your dental hygiene routine and thoroughly clean your teeth before inserting your trays, you will do wonders in keeping your aligners clean.

Use Soap- Many patients and professionals consider soap a better alternative to toothpaste. Scrubbing your aligners with soap and a soft-bristled brush will combat cloudiness and discoloration.

Denture cleaner- Choose clear denture or retainer cleaner as opposed to colored mouthwash, which can tint your trays.

For more information about the Invisalign system, contact our Invisalign doctor.

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How Invisalign Teen Works

Doctors Showing AlignersTeens who need orthodontic treatment once only had the option of metal braces. Metal braces are highly effective, but they are also highly visible, which can make kids feel self-conscious or embarrassed. Today, there is another option. Invisalign Teen allows teens to straighten their teeth with clear aligners. They can brush and floss normally without metal, brackets or wires. Our cosmetic dentist in Huntington Beach can help you decide if Invisalign Teen is the right choice for your teen.

Invisalign Teen is similar to the classic Invisalign system but has been customized just for teens. It features free replacement aligners in case some are lost or broken, color changing indicators to remind teens to wear and change their aligners as prescribed and eruption tabs to accommodate growth. The series of clear, removable aligners are easy to use and comfortable to wear.

Teens remove the aligners only to eat, drink, brush and floss, and they will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks. The aligners will move their teeth gradually until their new smile emerges. Periodically, they will return to our office for a check-up and monitoring of their progress. Most teens will wear aligners for 12 to 18 months, but individual needs can vary. Call our office to learn more about Invisalign Teen in Huntington Beach or to schedule a consultation with our team.

Three Advantages of Invisalign for Teens

Aligners Focus - 7Plenty of parents invested in the oral health of their kids want to know if braces are the only option. Still common after all these years, metal braces have undergone significant upgrades to lessen the visual stigma. However, with “clear” braces, parents and teens can now check that stigma off their list of concerns. Invisalign clear braces straighten teeth in near-invisibility.

Here are three advantages of Invisalign for teens:

Better visuals—as described above, Invisalign aligners are undetectable at a glance. While the sensitivity of teens about crooked teeth tends to be overstated, getting braces can make any sensitivity worse. Invisalign puts that fear to rest.

Lack of interference—with braces, you have to watch what you eat. Certain foods are blocked. This isn’t the case with Invisalign. You simply take the aligners out before eating. There’s also the benefit of leaving the aligners in while playing sports or playing an instrument—both of which are problems with braces.

Fast, easy treatment—except in severe cases, Invisalign completes its task in about a year. Braces can take twice that. As long as your child is disciplined and wears the aligners for the required 22 hours a day, a successful outcome is virtually guaranteed.
For more about Invisalign for teens, contact your Invisalign provider.

Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?

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Making the decision to undergo orthodontic treatment is a big step, but choosing the type of treatment is a big step, too. There are many types of treatments available, but one of the most popular treatments for teens and adults today is Invisalign. These smooth clear aligners are comfortable and easy to wear, and they are virtually invisible.

Are you a candidate for Invisalign? These questions can help you decide.

1. How bad is your orthodontic problem?
Invisalign is designed to address mild to moderate orthodontic issues. If you have more severe problems, they may not be adequately addressed by clear aligners.

2. How old are you?
Younger patients whose jaws are still growing are not necessarily good candidates for Invisalign. For the best results, your jaw should be finished growing. Teens and adults get the best results from treatment.

3. How committed are you?
Invisalign uses invisible aligners, which are removable, so for the best results, you will need to be fully committed to treatment. If your aligners are not in place at least 20 to 22 hours a day, or at all times unless you are eating, drinking, brushing or flossing, they might not work.

A complete evaluation is needed to determine if you are a candidate. Call our Invisalign provider in Beverly Hills today to find out if Invisalign is right for you.

Invisalign as a Part of Smile Makeovers

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Our dentist offers smile makeovers for patients who wish to address multiple dental flaws. Smile makeovers are comprised of treatments and procedures specific to each patient. Together you will work with our dentist to design your perfect smile, and determine the best methods to achieve it.

There can be many treatments and procedures involved in your smile makeover. Issues such as physical damage, staining, and too much gum tissue can be addressed with crowns and fillings, teeth whitening, and gum grafting.

Many patients also wish to perfect smiles that are suffering from orthodontic issues. This may include gaps between the teeth, overlapping teeth, and crooked teeth. Misaligned bites, such as over, under, cross, and open bites may also be an issue. Invisalign is often used in smile makeovers for these cases.

Invisalign offers a comfortable, discreet treatment that corrects orthodontic issues faster than braces. Patients can easily remove their Invisalign aligners to eat their favorite foods and brush their teeth without obstruction. Correcting even small issues, such as minor gaps or only slightly crooked teeth, can make a significant improvement in the smile.

Patients interested in getting a smile makeover or this orthodontic option can talk with our Invisalign doctor today.

Three Benefits of Invisalign

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Patients deciding which orthodontic treatment to opt for often take a good look at the pros and cons of each appliance. Invisalign is very well-known for the advantages it provides to patients. Here is a look at its three most impressive benefits.

1) See-through
Whereas traditional braces are metal and bulky, Invisalign aligners are very close to invisible. This makes professional and social interactions much easier and comfortable. Many patients even report that they can go days without anyone noticing they are wearing any sort of addition to their smile.

2) Removable
Treatment is made even more convenient considering the fact that Invisalign aligners can be taken off easily. You can remove your aligners in order to enjoy your favorite foods without worrying about any of it getting stuck in your appliance. You can also remove them to brush and floss your teeth.

3) Seamless
One of the several troubles patients with braces have is with the bulkiness and pointiness of metal braces. The brackets and wires can poke and irritate the soft tissues of the mouth. This is far from a problem with aligners, which are completely seamless and metal-free.

For more information about the benefits of Invisalign, talk to our dentist today.

Patients Who Opt for Invisalign

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Invisalign is a popular choice in most orthodontic offices today. With most patients we see, we expect them to ask about this unique appliance. While it is not the ideal option for patients with severe orthodontic irregularities, it is available for most patients. If you are curious about whether Invisalign could help your smile, here is a look at the patients who tend to opt for this choice.

As stated above, Invisalign can be beneficial for most patients. This includes those with minor to moderate orthodontic flaws. Patients with more severe irregularities are best treated with a more traditional style of appliance. If your smile features simple cases of crooked teeth, spacing issues, and/or bite malocclusions, you may be able to opt for Invisalign.

Patients who choose Invisalign tend to be those who highly value their appearance. This can include younger and older patients, alike. Students may wish to avoid the social stigma of braces among their peers, while adults may wish to maintain a professional, mature appearance in the workplace.

It is important for patients to be able to keep track of their appliance, as it is removable, as well as monitor how long it is being worn on a day to day basis. A lack of responsibility in this area can result in longer treatment time.

For a better idea of the types of patients that opt for this appliance, take a look at some of our Invisalign reviews.