How Does Invisalign Work?
It is quite common for patients to desire more attractive smile with straighter teeth. However, patients often do not pursue treatment because they do not want to deal with bulky metal braces. Invisalign is an excellent orthodontic solution which resolves many of the challenges and limitations associated with braces.
Invisalign aligners are essentially invisible and custom-made for each patient. The aligners consist of multiple trays which slowly move the teeth into the desired location. About every two weeks, patients will begin using new aligner trays. The trays work by slowly adjusting the teeth or jaws into the desired locations. Invisalign trays work especially well for patients who desire straighter teeth, but want a more discreet option.
The first step of the process involves scheduling a consultation with a dentist or orthodontist who is qualified to administer Invisalign treatment. During this visit, the dental professional will evaluate if you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatments. The dentist will also review the expected results, treatment plan, and share an estimate of the cost.
Following this consultation, a digital scan of your teeth will be taken. This may also include 3-D imaging. These precise images are used to create the custom-made aligner trays. The plastic which is used to create the trays is a smooth, BPA-free material which is comfortable enough to continuously wear.
The aligners work by slowly adjusting the teeth into their desired position. The force which is used to straighten the teeth is well-managed to ensure the discomfort is tolerable.
The average treatment time for adults is about 12 months. As with most orthodontic treatments, the timeline can vary based on the severity of the required adjustments. The dentist will ensure the patient has realistic expectations for the treatment timeline.
The dentist may also use special attachments for the treatment. Small, tooth-colored composite pieces are attached the teeth, which gives the aligners a stronger grip. This additional step will help to ensure efficient treatment and aid in achieving the desired results.
Invisalign can be used to treat many common issues which can include gaps in the teeth, an overbite, underbite, or overly crowded teeth. In addition to impacting a patient’s oral health, these issues can negatively affect your smile.
Teeth which have gaps can expose the gums and can cause serious issues such as periodontal disease. Underbites and overbites create added stress on the jaw. In some cases, this can result in chromic and painful joint issues. Overly crowded teeth can often experience an increased collection of plaque, as they are quite difficult to effectively clean. Crowded teeth can also result in additional cavities. Invisalign works to address each these issues and promote good oral health.
Invisalign aligner trays are specifically created to accommodate active lifestyles and daily wear. Because of this, they do not interfere with the patient’s routine. It is important to remove the trays twice each day, in the morning and in the evening, for a thorough cleaning. Most patients find it easy to simply clean the trays when they are brushing their teeth. Trays should also be removed when the patient is eating or drinking. The removal of the trays allows patients to continue to enjoy their favorite foods without modifications. With the removal of the trays, patients can brush and floss their teeth as normal. This aids in maintaining healthy gums and clean teeth. In addition, Invisalign is an excellent solution for patients who participate in contact sports and wear mouth guards. The patient simply needs to remove the aligners when participating in the contact sport and replace them once finished.