The Invisalign treatment consists of the patient begin fitted with a customized plastic aligner that moves and shifts one’s teeth back into position without the need of wires. Unlike traditional braces, the Invisalign treatment provides much faster results, are more visually appealing, since they are virtually undetectable, and they do not cause any discomfort while eating or cleaning teeth.
The Invisalign Specialist
For a cosmetic dentist to perform an Invisalign treatment, he must complete special education and training. The specialist will take impressions and digital photos of a patient’s mouth and will need to input, understand, and direct treatment from the evaluation of a computerized program. Only those specialist who has completed and been certified in this special training can provide this teeth straightening treatment.
The Treatment Plan
After a complete evaluation is done by the dentists and he has all the information to proceed with treatment, he will use a computer program to see the number of steps, as well as the number of clear aligners that will be necessary to get the expected results. The steps and some aligners determine the time frame needed to get the teeth in proper shape, which is usually about 18 months. Your Invisalign specialist will discuss the entire treatment plan with you.
The clear aligner is custom-made to fit the patient’s mouth. Each step in the treatment plan has a certain number of aligners that the patient must wear according to the dentist’s instructions. These instructions include the number of hours of use, which is usually around 22 each day for two weeks for each step.
It’s important that the dentist’s instructions are followed to remain on track with the treatment plan. Although these aligners are removable, enabling one to take them out while eating and cleaning, the timeline is an essential part of having a straight result promptly.
Benefits of an Invisalign Treatment
Here are some of the benefits to choosing an Invisalign treatment over the traditional braces:
- They are virtually undetectable.
- There are fewer periodic dental checkups needed, compared normal braces.
- They are removable so one can enjoy their favorite foods.
- Teeth can be cleaned more efficiently since they are removable.
- Treatment is much faster.