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Until recently, the only option available for helping you achieve a picture-perfect smile was braces. This meant you had to deal with wires poking you, canker sores forming from the braces pressing against your cheeks, and intense brushing sessions trying to make sure you get all of the food out of your brackets.

With over 25% of orthodontic patients being adults, this can seriously hinder your already busy daily schedule. Thankfully, recent innovations made in orthodontics have made the dreaded “brace face” a problem of the past. With Invisalign clear braces, you can discreetly transform your smile without changing your brushing routine. Check out these quick facts about what Invisalign can do for you.

How Does Invisalign Work?

A series of clear liners that fit over your teeth like a mouth guard are used to gently shift your teeth into place. The liners are changed every few weeks and must be work for at least 20 hours every day to get the best results.

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

The length of time you will have to wear Invisalign for will depend on the condition of your teeth. The average patient will spend about a year in their retainers, whereas traditional braces can take up to two years or longer. Your orthodontist will be able to give you an accurate timeline after a quick assessment.

Will Other People See The Retainer?

Invisalign is a set of clear liners that fit snugly on your teeth, so it is unlikely that other people will notice you’re wearing Invisalign unless you point it out.

How Does This Affect Eating?

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign will not restrict your diet. Your retainer is easily removable and should be taken out for all meals. It’s best to brush your teeth within 30 minutes after a meal, and your aligners can be brushed the same as your teeth. However, try not to use hot water when washing your retainer as this can potentially damage the plastic.

Final Thoughts

Invisalign is one of the easiest braces alternatives on the market. These clear liners are easy to clean, don’t restrict your eating habits, and can quickly give you a million-dollar smile. What are you waiting for? Contact San Mateo Orthodontics today to schedule your consultation appointment.