Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic aligners instead of metal brackets and wires. At Merrillville Dental Center, the aligners are custom-made to fit each patient’s teeth comfortably and correct minor tooth misalignment and irregular spacing and gaps between teeth. They are removable for eating and cleaning the teeth, making them a convenient option for those who prefer not to alter their diet or lifestyle during treatment.

How Comfortable Is Invisalign?

Invisalign’s aligners are made from high-grade thermoplastic resin that is custom-contoured to your teeth. The aligners are also thin and transparent, making them almost invisible when worn. The smooth plastic material prevents irritation or discomfort to the gums and mouth tissue. Unlike traditional braces that use metal brackets to grip the teeth together, the Invisalign system relies on gentle pressure to move teeth into their proper position. Patients often find that Invisalign treatment does not cause the same pain or discomfort as traditional braces.

Many patients enjoy that Invisalign allows them to remove the aligners when necessary. After eating lunch, for example, a patient can remove their aligners to eat comfortably and clean their teeth thoroughly before replacing them. Similarly, they may remove the aligners before bed, so they do not have to wear them while sleeping. When undergoing orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, there are no dietary restrictions and no painful wires or brackets to contend with. 

How Does Invisalign Work?

As the patient, you would wear a series of custom-made, clear removable aligners to straighten your teeth over time. Each set of aligners is worn for approximately two weeks before progressing to the next set in the series. Invisalign is a clear alternative to metal braces to maintain a professional appearance while you straighten your smile.

The aligner trays are smooth thermoplastic material that will not irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal brackets. This also allows patients to take their trays to eat and clean their teeth. Be sure to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours daily for the best results. Wear them all night to make sure your treatment progresses on schedule.

Is Invisalign Painful?

No, because there are no metal brackets or wires that could irritate your mouth. Instead, Invisalign uses plastic aligners that are custom-made for your teeth. These aligners are smooth and won’t irritate your gums like traditional braces. In addition, the aligners are removable, so you can take them out when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. This also makes cleaning easier. You won’t have to worry about food or plaque getting stuck in your braces, which could cause tooth decay.

There are several benefits associated with choosing Invisalign treatment. Get in touch with Merrillville Dental Center at 303 W. 89th Ave, Suite E-2, Merrillville, IN 46410, or call (219) 755-0045 to learn more about Invisalign



303 W. 89th Ave, Suite E-2,
Merrillville, IN 46410

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