July 12, 2018
Getting a straighter smile has never been easier thanks to clear aligners from Invisalign in Plano. With decades of proven results and millions of patients treated, it’s no wonder patients keep asking for it! Of course, with this request comes many questions, including about the material Invisalign uses. Today, your dentist is discussing the material used in more detail, as well as how they’re able to shift teeth without metal hardware.
With this information in mind, we hope it gives you additional confidence during your Invisalign treatment!
What Material is Used for Invisalign?
Invisalign uses a patented thermoplastic polymer known as SmartTrack. This material was made exclusively for Invisalign and is designed to not only fit snugly around your teeth, but remain as transparent as possible. Because of this unique material, Invisalign’s aligners are easy to trim based on your gumline for the best comfort and appearance.
Furthermore, Invisalign’s products are classified as Class II medical devices and completely free of BPA, BPS, latex, and gluten. They are also free of parabens, phthalates, glutaraldehyde, and epoxy. This makes them usable for the largest amount of patients possible. They’ve also been approved for medical use by the FDA and received the 510(k) clearance necessary to sell as medical devices.
If you have any concerns about any allergies to oral devices like aligners, be sure to consult with your dentist before treatment.
How Does Invisalign Shift Teeth?
To meet your smile goals, your dentist creates a digital treatment plan which maps out the exact movements your teeth will make. Each pair applies small amounts of force to targeted areas of your smile over long periods of time. During this period, your dentist will monitor your mouth very closely to confirm that the appropriate shifts are occurring.
Considering how thin aligners are, they’re still very durable and designed to last for weeks at a time before being replaced. With that being said, you’ll need to take the time to clean and care for them to avoid interruptions in your treatment.
How Do I Make Them Last?
To ensure your aligners don’t get damaged during treatment, you’ll need to rinse and sanitize them daily. The best way to do this is with Invisalign’s Cleaning System, which uses unique cleaning crystals to remove plaque and loosen food debris. This should be followed up with lightly brushing them with toothpaste and a dedicated toothbrush.
Keep in mind that toothpaste, denture cleansers, or Invisalign’s cleaning crystals are the only materials you should use to clean aligners. Avoid using colored or scented soaps which discolor them, as well as leave a bad taste when you wear them. Only use lukewarm or cold water, as hot water will cause them to warp. Always remove them when eating, chewing gum, or drinking beverages that aren’t plain water.
With these tips in mind, you’ll be right on schedule for your Invisalign treatment. To get started straightening your teeth, schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Plano today!
About the Author
Dr. Christopher Pollard earned his DDS degree from the Baylor College of Dentistry. During your Invisalign treatment, he’ll plan and monitor each step of your realignment and make adjustments as necessary. To learn more about his practice, contact him through his website.
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