Do You Wear Rubber Bands With Your Invisalign® Aligners?

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Invisalign® treatment offers a clear path to a brilliant, straight smile. It is an innovative orthodontic solution to have a more attractive, healthier smile without the need for traditional braces. Invisalign clear aligners offer a customized and convenient option for teens and adults who want a better smile. However, will you have to wear elastics or "rubber bands" at any point in time during Invisalign treatment? Invisalign elastics are not needed for every patient but can be a valuable part of the process when necessary to help correct misaligned, crowded, or crooked teeth. Dr. Kevin Boulard and the team at Something To Smile About in Merrimack, NH offer this discreet, easy orthodontic option and are excited to share more about how it works.

Invisalign treatment near me and benefits of this modern-day orthodontic

Did you know there is a discreet, modern way to have straight, beautiful teeth without the need for metal braces? Invisalign clear aligners offer a convenient and effective smile makeover option for the right candidates. A series of customized aligners provide comfortable and smooth upper and lower trays, which must be worn at least 20 hours a day to be effective. Invisalign clear aligners gently move or shift teeth, causing a gradual movement without the discomfort, visibility, and hygiene challenges that can occur with traditional braces. The trays are easy to remove and clean while comfortable to wear, along with no dietary restrictions. Once the Invisalign treatment is complete, you will receive a retainer to wear at night to keep your amazing smile makeover results intact.

How do Invisalign aligners in Merrimack, NH work?

For each patient, the dental team at Something To Smile About will take a digital impression of the lower and upper arches. These computer-generated images create a series of customized aligner trays that patients will be required to change out weekly, bi-weekly, or as directed by Dr. Boulard. Invisalign clear trays will apply an incremental pressure throughout the entire treatment to correct specific orthodontic issues, such as:

  • Gapped teeth
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Open bite
  • Slight underbite, crossbite, or overbite

Why rubber bands with Invisalign treatments may be needed

Invisalign elastics are discreet, small rubber bands, and necessary for some patients to achieve the right results. Like with traditional braces, elastics provide an added force and are useful for correcting bite alignment issues, such as overbites, crossbites, or underbites. If Invisalign elastics are needed, specialized dental fixtures will be bonded to your teeth to provide extra grip for the clear aligners and attach any rubber bands. The Invisalign elastics connect at the top and bottom arches, much like with metal braces, fastening to hooks built into the trays or onto attachments, also called buttons. Like with any dental treatment, especially orthodontic care, you should find a dental professional you can trust and seek treatment from an Invisalign provider, like the dental team at Something To Smile About.

How to put on Invisalign treatment rubber bands

Invisalign clear aligners are placed onto the upper and lower arches. You will then hook the rubber bands onto the top or bottom aligner, on whichever tooth Dr. Boulard has instructed you to use. Rubber bands are easy to put on with two fingers and stretch over the corresponding tooth or designated spot to connect your lower and upper teeth. It is always helpful to use a mirror while getting used to this additional step with Invisalign treatments. It is recommended to change out your rubber bands once per day, or as instructed by Dr. Boulard.

Invisalign clear trays can provide excellent orthodontic results for a smile makeover without the discomfort and hygiene challenges that can occur with traditional braces. This aligner-based orthodontic solution can be an effective and efficient option when Invisalign trays are worn at least 20 hours a day. If you would like to learn more, we invite you to speak with a qualified dental professional and Invisalign provider like Dr. Kevin Boulard at Something To Smile About. Call our Merrimack, NH office today to start your smile makeover journey.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.