Even a teenager would agree that having a smile filled with nice straight teeth is a wonderful concept. However, the idea of wearing traditional bracket and wire braces for two years to achieve straight teeth is much harder to get agreement on.
Teens dread wearing braces – and for them it makes awkward moments that are natural for teens to experience, even more awkward.Not only does food get trapped in the brackets and wires, making it very uncomfortable for the wearer, but it can lead to plaque accumulation and increased potential for tooth decay.
For adults working as professionals, traditional braces are even less feasible.
Thankfully, there is a solution to teeth straightening without the wires and brackets! Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, removable aligners that snap into place on the teeth and with slow pressure, move the teeth overtime to the desired place.
Since the aligners are removable, you can continue eating, brushing and flossing your teeth the way you normally do!
Look for a dentist who is a Certified Invisalign Provider. The process starts with a consultation in which your Invisalign Certified dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment. In some complex orthodontic cases traditional braces may still be recommended. If you are a good candidate for Invisalign, your dentist will discuss the process as well as the financial obligation and you’ll be prepared to make your decision.
Getting started with Invisalign
Your Invisalign dentist will begin by taking impressions of your teeth and creating a digital 3-D image of your bite. From these images your dentistcan begin to map out a precise treatment plan. From this digital representation, you will be able to see how your teeth will look at each stage of the treatment. Once this is done, it’s time to order your custom-made aligners and get started on the treatment!
What are Invisalign aligners?
The Invisalign lab will construct your custom-made aligners based on your teeth impressions and your individual treatment plan. Unlike metal braces which often irritate the inside of cheeks and gums, Invisalign aligners are made of a comfortable to wear BPA-free plastic.
Simply wear the aligners throughout the day and at night while you sleep. You are free to remove the aligners for up to 2 hours per day. So when you eat or brush and floss your teeth – give a speech or are about to say your wedding vows, go ahead and remove the aligners!
By wearing your aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to move into a proper straight and healthy position. Best of all, people around you won’t even notice you’re undergoing an orthodontic treatment – since the aligners are virtually invisible.
How often do I need check-ups during Invisalign?
Most people assume that they will have constant dental appointments while doing Invisalign. Nothing could be further from the truth. About every six weeks it is recommended to visit your dentist for a check-up.
How often do I change aligners?
Approximately every two weeks, you will wear a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. Unlike traditional braces where you only see the results at the end, you get to seehow much closer you are to having the healthier and straighter smile that reflects the smile you’ve dreamed of at every point in the process.
How long is the entire Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign treatments typically last approximately one year for adults. For teens, the length of treatment is similar to that of braces, up to 2 years – but won’t feel as long. Since your teen’s teeth won’t be covered by wires and brackets, progress will be visible much sooner and motivation is built into the process.
Part of the responsibility is up to you. For optimal progress, Invisalign aligners need to be worn for 22 hours per day throughout the entire treatment. Wearing the aligners less than this can delay your success.