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.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT INVISALIGN
It is important for the patient interested in brackets to know the options that exist. The most normal thing for your dentist to recommend is to fix your problem with braces or orthodontics. But other options exist, one of them being Invisalign.
Since its beginning, back in 1997, the cost could be high to start a treatment with Invisalign but nowadays that is not the situation. Unfortunately, patients were left with that impression. You can be surprised how accessible it is to initiate treatment with translucent aligners and how fast results can be accomplished.
I will share the most frequently asked questions about treatment with Invisalign invisible aligners by Align Technology.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign treatment is a virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth. Using advanced 3D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign shows you your complete treatment plan based on my prescription, from the initial position of your teeth towards the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth to move them little by little.
Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, gradually moving towards the projected final position. The treatment time depends on your specific needs.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign aligners move teeth through a series of carefully controlled movements. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign treatment not only controls the amount of movement that each aligner delivers but also the timing of the movement. So, at each stage, only certain teeth can move, following the Invisalign treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system.
How long does the Invisalign treatment take?
The time taken depends on the complexity of the treatment and is generally comparable to that of traditional braces. During your consultation, I can give you more detailed information.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible and typically hardly anyone notices that you’re wearing them.
Because Invisalign aligners are removable, you can eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. You can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would to maintain your normal oral hygiene routine.
Unlike traditional fixed braces, there are no metal brackets or wires. This means that in most cases less time is spent in your Invisalign Provider’s practice for adjustments.
And finally, the Invisalign System allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you begin treatment, so you can see how your teeth are expected to look when your treatment is complete.
Is the Invisalign treatment painful?
Some people may experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days when they insert a new aligner at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It’s a sign that the aligners are working and it usually goes away in a couple of days.
Once Invisalign treatment is complete is a retainer necessary?
Wearing a retainer after any orthodontic treatment is an important step, because it keeps teeth stable in their new positions. If you want your teeth to remain in their ideal position, it’s best to wear a retainer as directed by us. In many cases your last aligner will be your temporary retainer, until your retention option is determined. We can advise you on longer term retention options.
Are bridges a factor in Invisalign treatment?
Because bridges firmly link two or more teeth together, they offer significant resistance to tooth movement. We will be able to work out whether bridges will be a factor in your treatment.
Are crowns an issue in Invisalign treatment?
Crowns (tooth caps) are usually not an issue in Invisalign treatment. However, sometimes in Invisalign treatment small tooth-coloured composites called ‘attachments’ are bonded onto teeth to help achieve certain movements, and these are more difficult to bond on crowns than on teeth. In these cases, the location of the crowns needs to be carefully evaluated.
Can Invisalign treatment close gaps?
Yes. Spaces between teeth are generally easy to close with Invisalign. Schedule a consult us to find out whether Invisalign is suitable for you.
Will TMJ affect Invisalign treatment?
TMJ refers to the temporomandibular or jaw joint. People with a TMJ condition can have a number of problems, some of which can be aggravated by appliances and treatments like Invisalign, and some of which can improve or remain the same. To find out if your treatment will have adverse effect on your TMJ problem, have a consult with us.
Are there restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?
No. Unlike traditional wires and brackets, with the Invisalign® System you can eat whatever you like while in treatment because you remove your aligners to eat and drink. This also makes it simple to brush and floss your teeth after each meal to maintain good oral hygiene, before re-inserting your aligners.
Will the aligners affect speech?
The vast majority of patients report no effect on speech. However, as with traditional orthodontic appliances, there is an initial adjustment period associated with having something new in the mouth.
Can I smoke while wearing the aligners?
Smoking is discouraged while wearing aligners because it is possible for the aligners to become stained or discolored.
Can I chew gum while wearing aligners?
Chewing gum while wearing aligners is not advised as gum can stick to them. It is recommended that aligners be removed for all meals and snacks.