What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the most recent addition to the world of braces that doesn’t look like braces at all. It involves a series of clear plastic aligners that resemble mouth guards which are custom-made for you. Aligners are changed every two-weeks to facilitate movement of the teeth. It is removed during eating and cleaning thus oral hygiene is not compromised.
- Crowded Teeth
- Gap Teeth
- Open Bite
Invisalign is an effective treatment option for many cases. However, because it uses less force than traditional braces treatment, it may not be suitable for people with severe orthodontic problems.
Invisalign does not require monthly adjustments and visits to your dentist unlike the traditional braces. The process is simple,fast and convenient.
- 1. Consultation
In every treatment that you undergo, consulting with your dentist is the number one thing you are going to do. Not all dentists are Invisalign trained, therefore you have to find a clinic that offers Invisalign. Find a dentist that you trust and you are comfortable with, and most importantly, Invisalign trained.
- 2. Digital Impressions
Using a digital scan, your doctor will take your impressions to create a 3D digital model of your teeth that will be needing an Invisalign aligner. That could be your upper, lower teeth or both of it
- 3. 3D Treatment Plan
Your digital impressions are sent to Invisalign dental technicians that work with your dentist to create a digital treatment plan based on your dentist’s prescription. They will create a computerized treatment plan that will show you the movement required for your teeth to achieve the desired end result.The proposed plan is sent back to your dentist for review, modification, and approval. Your dentist will guide you throughout your entire treatment plan.
- 4. Custom Aligners
Your custom aligners are made at an Invisalign automated plant where each Invisalign is custom made based on your digital scan and 3D treatment plan. The number of aligners made will depend on the case of the patient. Invisalign is placed over your teeth compared to traditional braces.
- 5. Preparing Your Teeth
Before the aligners are given, the dentist will place the “precision attachments” made of composite bonded on your teeth. These attachments will help your teeth move more efficiently and effectively with the clear aligners. “Interproximal reductions” may also be placed before your first aligner or depending on your case it can be placed before a number of aligners. Interproximal reduction removes a fraction of a millimeter of enamel to create sufficient space between your teeth. It can range from .1mm to .5mm. The spaces will help to move your teeth to their desired position or alignment. After preparing your teeth, the dentist will then provide you with detailed instructions on how to use and take care of your clear aligners before sending you home.
- 6. Adjustments
You will be receiving a series of aligners that you can change at home every two weeks. Your clear aligners must be worn for 20-22 hours per day. You will only be seeing your dentist every two months but may still vary with the case that you have. Success of your Invisalign treatment depends largely on your compliance as a patient.
- 7. Removal
Invisalign treatments usually take 12-18 months. This may still increase when recommended by your dentist. It will be recommended you wear retainers to prevent the teeth from gradually going back to their initial position.
Top most advantage of Invisalign is appearances.It is barely visible thus making it look like you are not wearing any orthodontic appliance. Perfect treatment choice for people who are very conscious of how traditional braces can affect both their professional and social lives.
Unlike conventional braces that are bonded to your teeth, Invisalign is completely removable. It does not affect your daily normal activities such as eating, speaking or even playing sports. It’s easy to remove when it is needed.
Invisalign aligners are comfortable and smooth. Unlike conventional braces, Invisalign clear aligners do not have sharp edges from the wires that can create ulcers and scratch the tissues in your mouth. It is also comfortable in terms of the amount of force it exerts. Unlike traditional braces, invisalign aligners deliver gentle forces.
Reduces Damage to Teeth and Gums
Traditional braces are very difficult to clean since it is attached to your teeth which can make your teeth prone to demineralization and even decay. Invisalign are removable which means you can brush and floss your teeth.
- Clean regularly. Rinse your aligners every night and brush them gently with your toothbrush to keep them fresh and clean.You can also use cleaning tablets that dissolve in water. Avoid using harsh chemicals.
- Remove before eating.
- Avoid drinking hot drinks. Invisalign aligners are made of a thermoplastic material that can be distorted and damaged by heat.
- Store in a cool, dry and safe place. Store your Invisalign clear aligners in the case provided when you are not wearing them.