Invisalign is a comfortable and convenient orthodontic treatment.
If you would like to straighten your teeth, but are looking for an alternative to traditional metal braces, it’s worth considering Invisalign. Invisalign involves the use of clear, plastic aligners that are very discreet — in fact, no one will be able to tell that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment because the aligners are virtually invisible. Clear aligners are comfortable to wear and conducive to any lifestyle, but do they really work? Read on to find out what types of orthodontic issues can be resolved with Invisalign, and whether the treatment suits you…
What issues can be treated?
It is important to know that not all orthodontic issues can be resolved with Invisalign. In fact, certain complex problems may need to be treated with other methods, such as traditional braces or even surgery. Many minor and moderate bite-related issues, however, can be effectively resolved with the help of Invisalign. In some cases, severe bite issues can also be treated, and your dentist will let you know if you are suited to Invisalign.
Some of the orthodontic issues that can be addressed with Invisalign include underbite; overbite; crossbite; open bite; gaps between the teeth; and crowded teeth. If you suffer from any of these issues, or would simply like to straighten your smile for an enhanced aesthetic, we encourage you to come in for a consultation so that your dentist can assess your teeth and jaw and advise you as to whether Invisalign is right for you.
How do the aligners work?
Invisalign aligners are custom-made, which means that they are perfectly shaped to fit your bite. Scanning software is used to create impressions of your teeth, which are then used to formulate a treatment plan and fabricate your aligners. The advanced scanning technology ensures excellent precision, as well as comfort.
Invisalign aligners work by applying continuous pressure to the teeth, forcing them to shift into new positions over time. A safe, toxic-free plastic is used to make the trays, which is very comfortable to wear and provides greater control than other materials.
What affects the treatment results?
Invisalign generally produces excellent results, but if you decide to go ahead with the treatment, there are a few things you should know about the process to ensure that you achieve the outcome you are hoping for. One of the most important things to do throughout the course of your treatment is to adhere to any guidelines that your dentist provides. This will include wearing your aligners for around 22 hours a day — compliance is key when it comes to enjoying optimal results.
It’s also important that you see your dentist for any appointments that have been scheduled. Typically, individual trays are worn for around 10 days before they are changed for the next set of aligners. Each aligner tray is shaped slightly differently to account for the teeth movement caused by the previous tray, so it is imperative that you change your aligners when your dentist lets you know to do so.
To take care of your clear aligners — and to make sure that you maintain your oral health throughout the course of treatment — you must remove them anytime you eat or drink anything other than water. This will protect your aligners from damages like cracks and stains, and also help to prevent food and bacteria from getting stuck and building up between your teeth and aligner trays.
Do you have questions?
If you would like to straighten your teeth, but are not sure whether or not Invisalign suits your particular orthodontic needs, we recommend that you come in for a consultation. Your dentist will examine your mouth and advise you on a treatment plan that will address your concerns and produce results that are in line with your aesthetic goals.
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