Invisalign

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One of the main drawbacks of traditional fixed braces is their visibility. While traditional fixed braces produce beautiful results, many would-be clients never wear them for fear of looking unattractive during the treatment. Fortunately, Invisalign provides the perfect solution.

Invisalign is a new invisible way to straighten your teeth and help you to achieve the smile you have always dreamed of. Invisalign brace uses a series of removable aligners to move your teeth gradually and gently into the desired position. Comfortable, clear and removable – Invisalign transforms your smile without interrupting your life. Something that over 3 million people worldwide have already discovered.

What can Invisalign help with?

Invisalign can solve such problems as:

  • Crowded and crooked teeth
  • Wide spacing between teeth
  • Cross bites – where one or more of your upper teeth bite on the inside of your lower teeth
  • Under bites – where your lower teeth sit in front of your upper teeth
  • Deep bites – where your upper teeth overlap your bottom teeth

However, not everyone is suited for Invisalign treatment. If your problems are very complex, you may consider the Six Month Smiles Braces or clear fixed braces.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign treatment consists of a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that have to be changed every two weeks for the next set of aligners.

  • Firstly, by using advanced 3D imaging technology, Invisalign depicts your complete treatment plan based on orthodontist’s prescription from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Each aligner is individually produced for your teeth. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position prescribed by the orthodontist. During the treatment, we will keep a close eye on your progress to make sure everything is moving correctly and in the right direction.
  • You should visit an orthodontist once every 5-6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
  • The orthodontist, based on your specific needs, will determine your Invisalign treatment time. In average, a total treatment takes 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30.
  • For the best results it is very important to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day – just take them out for eating, drinking and to brush and floss your teeth. This means you can continue to enjoy all favourite food throughout your treatment, as well as keep on top of your oral hygiene routine.

Advantages of Invisalign vs. Conventional Braces

Invisalign is less irritating to soft tissues. Usually complaint of patients, who wear fixed braces, is the way their brackets and wires scrape against and irritate their lips, cheeks and tongue. In major cases, these issues do not exist with Invisalign due to the smooth contours of plastic aligners. However, in relatively difficult cases, the use of “buttons,” “anchors,” and elastics may be required and they can be an annoyance.

Eating food is a lot easier. With conventional braces, eating is typically a messy, possibly embarrassing, ordeal. With Invisalign aligners, you simply take them out to eat.

Cleaning your teeth. Those, who wear fixed appliances, know that simple brushing and flossing of their teeth sometimes could be very difficult. Moreover, patients, who fail at this task, place themselves at greater risk for complications with gum disease and tooth decay. Due to the removable nature of Invisalign, you can forget about these problems and enjoy your brushing without any worries.

An alternative to cosmetic dentistry. Dental work, particularly porcelain veneers, is frequently placed just to improve the apparent alignment of the patient’s teeth. In all cases, if straightening the teeth would give the same outcome, doing so would make the more ideal treatment choice. The comparatively simple experience of wearing removable Invisalign aligners as opposed to traditional braces might make this choice acceptable.

Patients with existing dental work. With fixed braces, brackets must be bonded to the patient’s teeth. If there are an existing porcelain or metal restorations (veneers or crowns), creating or maintaining this bond may be quite difficult and sometimes it can damage the surface of the restorations. With Invisalign aligner systems, this difficulty does not exist.

Virtual treatment planning. A case planning for the Invisalign system involves digitizing the patient’s information, and then via the use of software, creating an animated visual representation of it. This presentation can be viewed and manipulated by the orthodontist, thus aiding with both treatment planning and the evaluation of case progress. It also allows patient to see detailed information about their treatment and its expected outcome, even before committing to it. Conventional orthodontic treatment offers nothing like this.

Treatment time. It is sometimes suggested that the treatment time required for removable Invisalign aligner cases is less than with conventional braces. However, we would consider this statement more along the line of conjecture.

Bruxism (tooth grinding) cases. The treatment for patients, who brux (grind) their teeth, frequently involves their wearing a plastic dental appliance (nightguard, occlusal splint). However, doing so typically is not feasible for patients, who have braces attached to their teeth. The nature of Invisalign plastic tooth aligners, the way they fully cover over the chewing surface of both the patient’s upper and lower teeth, can act as a passable substitute for these types of appliances.

FAQs

What are aligners made of and what do they look like?

The virtually invisible aligners are made of strong medical grade thermoplastic material, uniquely developed for the Invisalign System. The aligners are custom-made for you and fit snugly over your teeth.

Is the Invisalign treatment painful?

Some people may experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days, at the beginning of each new stage of treatment when they insert a new aligner. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It is a sign that the aligners are working – moving your teeth gradually, helping you to achieve the final results. This discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days.

Does the procedure work on overbites?

Yes. Our orthodontist can use Invisalign to treat overbites in the vast majority of adults and adolescents. Come for a consultation with our specialist to determine whether Invisalign is suitable for you.

Are bridges a factor in Invisalign treatment?

Because bridges firmly link two or more teeth together, they offer significant resistance to tooth movement. Our orthodontist will be able to determine whether bridges will be a factor in your treatment.

Are crowns a factor in Invisalign treatment?

Crowns (tooth caps) are usually not a factor in Invisalign treatment. However, sometimes, small tooth-coloured composites called “attachments” are bonded onto teeth to help achieve certain movements and are more difficult to bond on crowns than teeth. In these cases, the location of crowns must be carefully evaluated.

Can Invisalign close gaps?

Yes. Spaces between teeth are generally easy to close with Invisalign. Consult our specialist to determine whether Invisalign is suitable for you.

Will TMJ affect Invisalign treatment?

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular (jaw) joint. People with a TMJ condition can have a number of problems with the jaw joint, some of which can be aggravated by appliances and treatments like Invisalign, and some which can improve, remain the same or even cause the condition to deteriorate.

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 is best to wear a retainer as directed. In many cases, your last aligner will be your temporary retainer until your retention option is determined.

Since having my braces removed, my teeth have shifted. Can Invisalign correct this?

A number of Invisalign patients have undergone a previous treatment involving braces at some point in their past, often during their youth. Invisalign can usually correct the shifting that occurs after braces commonly referred to as relapse.

I am currently wearing braces. Can I make the switch to Invisalign?

A significant number of patients are being treated with a combination of braces and Invisalign. Consult our specialist to determine the best treatment for you.

Are there restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?

No. Unlike traditional wires and brackets, you can eat whatever you like while in treatment because you remove your aligners to eat and drink. Thus, there is no need to restrict consuming any of your favourite foods and snacks. Also, it is important that you brush and floss your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your aligners to maintain proper hygiene.

How often must the aligners be worn?

Aligners should be worn all the time during treatment, except when eating, brushing or flossing teeth.

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 discoloured.

Can I chew gum while wearing aligners?

Chewing gum while wearing aligners is not advised as gum can stick to aligners. It is recommended that aligners be removed for all meals and snacks.

What is the best way to clean my aligners?

The best way to clean your aligners is by brushing and rinsing them in lukewarm water and using the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals or special cleaning tablets. It is important that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your aligners to maintain proper hygiene.