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Posted on: November 19, 2020
Invisalign: Frequently Asked Questions
Did you know that crooked or misaligned teeth are a common orthodontic issue? Not only do these problems make us feel less confident in our smiles, but they can also lead to a number of dental health issues later on. Many people dread orthodontic treatment because they tend to think of traditional wire-and-bracket braces. However, there is an innovative type of treatment known as Invisalign that could possibly help to correct your misaligned teeth without being as obvious as braces.
What Is Invisalign and How Does it Work?
If you’re looking for a way to treat crooked or otherwise misaligned teeth without having to wear unattractive metal braces, Invisalign might be the choice for you. This innovative treatment method consists of custom-fitted, clear, plastic aligners which are used to shift the teeth into the desired alignment. The use of a flexible type of plastic that is specially contoured for each patient’s mouth ensures that the aligners are comfortable to wear. Patients who undergo this type of treatment love how discreet it is.
Who Can Get Invisalign?
Invisalign is best utilized in teenagers or adults who have mild to moderate alignment or crowding issues. Patients with more severe orthodontic problems will most likely need to pursue more traditional methods of treatment like headgear or braces.
If you’re thinking about pursuing this treatment for you or your child, you should consider the following factors:
- Small children and young teens are typically not able to pursue this type of treatment. This is because their teeth and jaws haven’t stopped growing. We don’t want to prescribe a treatment that isn’t effective or has to be repeated at a later age, so we generally don’t provide Invisalign for children or young teens.
- You need to be able to commit to wearing your aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day. If you believe that you will regularly forget to put your aligners in after removing them, you should probably pursue a semi-permanent method of treatment like braces.
- If it’s important to you that your orthodontic treatment is discreet, this could be the perfect option for you to pursue. Invisalign aligners can fix your misaligned or crooked teeth in a way that isn’t flashy or noticeable to most people.
Your dentist will be able to determine if you are able to receive this treatment. If you would like to book an appointment with one of our orthodontic professionals, contact our office as soon as possible. We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have about Invisalign or any other type of orthodontic treatment.
How Does the Invisalign Treatment Process Work?
The treatment process begins with your initial consultation. This is where your dentist will determine if you can receive Invisalign therapy. If he or she says that you are a good candidate, you will then be able to make the decision as to whether or not you wish to move forward. If you agree, your dentist will design a customized treatment plan that will assist you in achieving your orthodontic goals.
Once the treatment plan has been designed, a mold will be taken of your teeth. The mold is used to create your custom-fitted aligners. The aligners will be swapped out once every two weeks (sometimes weekly).
Your treatment should last anywhere between 12 and 18 months, although the exact length of time you will undergo treatment could be shorter or longer than that. It all depends on your goals, the complexity of your issues and how well you follow your dentist’s treatment schedule. You will most likely be required to come into the dentist’s office every four to six weeks for progress checks.
Will Invisalign Affect My Life?
Most patients find that it’s easy to live their lives while wearing their Invisalign aligners. The biggest change you will have to make is remembering to take the aligners out when eating, drinking, chewing gum or brushing your teeth. You will also have to remember to put them back in once you are finished. Most dental professionals will also recommend that you avoid smoking while wearing your aligners.
Whenever you progress to the next stage in your treatment, you may experience a slight sensation of pressure as the aligners work to shift the teeth closer to the desired alignment. This pressure generally disappears after a few days.
For the first few days after receiving your aligners, you may have some difficulties with your speech. Once the adjustment period has passed, you will be able to talk just as you always did. The flexible material utilized in constructing the aligners ensures that they will stay in place while you go about your daily life.
While they aren’t totally invisible, the vast majority of people won’t have any idea that you are wearing Invisalign aligners unless they are up close while speaking to you. Since the aligners are removable, they can be taken out for activities like presentations, playing instruments and taking fabulous selfies. As long as you ensure that you are wearing your aligners for at least 20 hours a day, your treatment will progress as it is supposed to.
What Happens When I’ve Finished Treatment?
Once you’ve completed your treatment plan, your dentist will instruct you to take out your final set of aligners. He or she may recommend that you wear a retainer in order to preserve the new alignment of your teeth. Our team of professionals will ensure that you choose the right retainer for you and your unique needs. It’s important to follow the instructions given to you by your dentist in regards to your retainer.
Who Can Help Me Get Invisalign?
Did you know that a dentist or orthodontist has to undergo special training in order to offer Invisalign? Fortunately for you, our practice is trained in providing Invisalign treatments to our patients. If this is a method of orthodontic treatment that you would like to pursue, schedule an appointment with us. We look forward to helping you with your orthodontic concerns.