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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.
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?
Are crowns a factor in Invisalign treatment?
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?
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?
I am currently wearing braces. Can I make the switch to Invisalign?
Are there restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?
How often must the aligners be worn?
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?
Can I chew gum while wearing aligners?
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.