Important details for optimal results
By Dr. Richard Bernstein
With the ability to straighten teeth visible in the smile in just a few months, Invisalign is a treatment that is ideal for a good number of patients. The main components of the treatment are the custom-made clear plastic aligners that are created using a 3D model of teeth. The series of aligners are designed to accomplish the goals set in our initial treatment plan, and are to be worn at all times.
Although Invisalign aligners are removable, perhaps one of the best perks of treatment, this feature is designed to accommodate eating and oral hygiene practices only. Not wearing aligners as directed may result in a prolonged duration of treatment. Having the ability to remove the plastic trays during meals, Invisalign patients are able to enjoy all of their favorite foods without restriction. Brushing and flossing, as well, are better accomplished in the absence of bulky metal brackets and wires.
Because teeth are covered by the aligners for a good portion of the day, oral hygiene takes on new importance. To remove harmful bacteria that can thrive in tight spaces, it is important to brush teeth twice a day, at least. Ideally, Invisalign patients will brush their teeth after every meal, before replacing aligners.
In addition to caring for teeth and gums through regular brushing and flossing, it is also beneficial to gently brush aligner trays following each meal as well. Just as bacteria can live on teeth and gums, they can thrive on the aligners themselves. Aligners should be brushed and run under cold water, rather than warm, so that bacterial growth is not encouraged.
Straightening teeth with Invisalign is a great way to improve the appearance of your smile. Upon completion of treatment, a retainer should be worn to keep teeth from shifting. If you have wondered what Invisalign in Michigan is, contact us to see how this cosmetic orthodontic treatment can benefit your smile.
Richard S. Bernstein D.D.S
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With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Bernstein is a renowned cosmetic dentist and is passionate about providing the best for his patients, making him a respected pillar of trust amongst his community. He possesses a Masters in Biochemistry - WSU School of Medicine, and a Doctorate in Dental Surgery - University of Detroit.He is presently a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, and a Diplomate in the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry (ABAD) to name a few.
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