Driven by advanced 3-D computer technology, the Invisalign™ System uses a series of customized plastic "aligners" to exert precisely calibrated pressure on the teeth, gradually repositioning them. Virtually invisible and easily removed for meals and daily oral hygiene, each aligner fits snugly over the teeth and is replaced biweekly with a new, recalibrated aligner until the patient's teeth are in the final desired position.
Your dentist will take a complete set of x-rays of your mouth, to ascertain the exact position of your teeth, and determine the direction that each tooth is naturally moving. With this information, a complete set of Invisalign retainers are made for you, for each stage of your treatment. The dentist will fit you with the first set of retainers and schedule you to return, usually in about a week.
For the best results in the shortest time frame, patients are required to wear Invisalign trays for 20-22 hours per day. This may seem like a big commitment, though the beauty of Invisalign, is its ability to be removed at a moment’s notice should a situation arise where you’d rather it not be seen by those around you; a business meeting; a date; having your photograph taken.
During regular appointments, every 1-2 weeks, your dentist will assess your teeth’s improvement, and fit the next aligner in your sequence. This will continue until your teeth have reached optimal alignment.
invisalign can produce dramatic results in as little as 12 months – roughly half the time of regular wire braces. It should be noted that the success of Invisalign, and the rate at which it straightens teeth, is largely dependent on the patient. Seeing results in the shortest timeframe requires a commitment on the part of the patient, to wear the retainers for the recommended 20-22 hours every day.
Invisalign costs, on average, $5000 in the US. Costs may very from state to state, though it is recommended that you have an accredited Invisalign practitioner carry out your work, to ensure you are being treated with the most up to date products and methods. More affordable-sounding options might be found, though the outlay will still be considerable, and likely not achieve the results you’re hoping for.
You should not use tooth-whitening products with your Invisalign trays, as their snug fit will press the bleaching agent against the gums and soft tissues of the mouth. This can injure the delicate oral tissue, and cause burning to the gums. Talk to your dentist about tooth whitening alternatives, which will complement your Invisalign treatment.
It is possible, in many cases, to have Invisalign with a dental bridge, though each patient’s needs and circumstances are different. It is essential to have a consultation with an Invisalign specialist, to determine how it can improve the position of your teeth, and if there is any treatment you require before embarking on a straightening process.
Invisalign users can eat and drink freely while going through treatment, as the retainers are removed while eating, and teeth brushed before placing trays back over teeth. Oral health is usually improved when going through the Invisalign process, as patients find they brush and floss their teeth far more frequently throughout the day, and never have food debris trapped between teeth or around the mouth for any length of time, before brushing to prepare for replacing aligners.
The ability to remove aligners for eating, is one of the post appealing features of Invisalign; side-stepping the prospect of having food trapped around wire braces is a major improvement in tooth straightening processes.
Invisalign is temporary orthodontic treatment. The length of time each patient is required to wear a retainer, after completing the Invisalign process, varies. This depends on the degree to which the teeth were manipulated into alignment, and the probability of them moving back to their original position if they are not preserved in their new place. For most patients, they are so delighted to see the results of their efforts over the year, they are happy to wear the retainer as long as it takes, to maintain their new smile!
Invisalign can correct different misalignments in the teeth and bite. Over and under bites can be amended, to correct bite, and improve the patient’s facial contour and profile. People with moderate gaps between teeth, may be able to close those gaps gradually over a relatively short timeframe, to achieve the look they’ve always wanted. Schedule an appointment today, to discuss how your teeth can benefit from Invisalign.