Clear aligners or Invisalign are brace less orthodontics and an invisible way to straighten your teeth using clear plastic retainers (aligners) that incrementally change shape.
Clear aligners/Invisalign is effective at treating most of the same dental conditions as braces such as an overbite, underbite, overcrowded teeth, large gaps between teeth, or if your teeth have shifted post braces (minus the metal). Clear aligners/Invisalign is not as effective however for treating a rotated or tipped tooth.
After determining that Invisalign is right for you, your dentist will create a tailored treatment plan that’s typically a maximum of 20-29 custom aligners however may be less depending on the condition of your teeth. Invisalign aligners are supposed to be worn at least 22 hours a day, and every 2 weeks you will have to put on a new aligner which introduces small adjustments to the jaw. By the time the treatment plan is finished, and your dentist is happy with the results, you should have straight teeth and a confident smile.
What is it like wearing clear aligners/Invisalign?
Just like braces, your Invisalign will be uncomfortable at first as it is forcing the teeth into a different position, and the amount of time it takes each person to get used to it varies. However, the discomfort doesn’t last forever as your teeth take the shape of the aligner more. A plus side is you can remove the aligners anytime so eating, flossing and brushing your teeth is not a hassle. Although, wearing an Invisalign will require a high level of discipline to make sure you wear it enough for it to perform its function, and stay on top of moving onto the next retainer.
How do we create your clear aligners/Invisalign?
Firstly, a 3D model image of the jaw is produced which the dentist works with to move the teeth on a computer screen and foresee how the Invisalign trays can move your teeth into a more desirable position. The dentist’s instructions are then produced into a series of clear and teeth aligner trays that are virtually unnoticeable on the teeth.
Your dentist will need to monitor your teeth’s progress every few weeks to ensure the shift of your teeth is on track. You should expect to have fortnightly dental appointments because new Invisalign trays are required every two weeks. You can visually notice a positive progress between your Invisalign appointments.
Are you considering straightening your teeth? Unsure if clear aligners/Invisalign might be suitable for you?
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