Traditional braces haven’t been painted in the best light in movies and even in society. It announces to everyone that you are trying to fix an issue with your teeth. If you want a more discreet way of correcting your teeth, Invisalign is recommended. However, you should consult your dentist first.
Invisalign is a relatively newer alternative to traditional braces. It is a clear aligner that blends in perfectly with your teeth, giving credit to its aesthetics. Invisalign has been used to treat millions of patients and is ideal for minor teeth discrepancies. This orthodontic treatment is not as popular as braces, so we’ll provide some clarity on it.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign refers to transparent, custom-designed orthodontic devices used to fix teeth alignment issues such as overbite, underbite, crowding, and gap teeth. They are made after molds of your teeth and need to be changed every few weeks for effectiveness.
What Can Invisalign Correct?
There is a wide range of tooth issues that can be fixed by Invisalign. It is effective in
- Altering your jawline
- Closing teeth gaps
- Correcting overbites and underbites
- Moving teeth, the molar included
- Fixing crooked teeth
- Fixing overcrowding.
Invisalign can fix the problems above, but in some situations, it is not sufficient. Sometimes, you may need to get a surgery done or use additional attachments and treatments.
Can Invisalign Damage Teeth?
Yes, Invisalign can cause damage to your teeth. This may happen if you have undergone previous procedures, have some complications, or even after starting the treatment; you fail to follow your dentist’s instructions.
If, prior to getting Invisalign treatment, you have undergone previous dental procedures such as installing fillings or a crown, the moving process with the Invisalign may cause damage to them, and you may have to replace them.
Also, if you had sores or mouth injuries that damaged the nerves, you may need to rejuvenate them with a restorative procedure such as root canal therapy. Failure to do so might kill the nerves completely.
You can damage your teeth with Invisalign if you don't treat them right. When you want to eat or drink, you have to take them off. If you don't, plaques might get stuck in your teeth, and the color of your teeth may even be altered.
Regardless, most of the issues you may encounter with Invisalign can be avoided if you consult an expert and heed their instructions on taking proper care.
What Is the Process Like?
Like every other procedure, getting Invisalign begins with a consultation. You meet your dentist and make your problems and expectations known to them. The dentist then examines your teeth to see if Invisalign is the appropriate option. If it is going to be effective, you discuss the cost and intricacies of the procedure.
Once you have reached a consensus with the dentist, the next appointment should be for the molding of the tray. This is done by using a unique 3D scanner to scan your teeth. The results are sent to the lab, where your mold is created and inspected for any issues.
When the Invisalign becomes available, your next appointment will be to try it on to see if it fits perfectly and determine if attachments will be needed. After checking, you will return some weeks later to monitor the progress. You'll also be tasked with switching out the aligners for new ones every two weeks.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign works by slowly but steadily moving the teeth together in the desired direction you need for the correction. Slowly, but you start to notice changes in about two weeks. Each tray is designed to accommodate the progress your teeth are making gradually. It takes time to help reduce the pain and the discomfort of moving. To be effective and see results in the shortest amount of time, you need to wear them for about 22 hours every day.
Is Invisalign as Effective as Traditional Braces?
Invisalign has better aesthetics and is more convenient than traditional braces. Regardless, many people still prefer to go for conventional braces. Essentially, traditional braces are better than Invisalign because it addresses more severe dental problems. Invisalign could handle the same issues, but it would need to be done in conjunction with other treatments, which means more procedures and more money.
When Do You Start to See Results?
The time you see results largely differs, depending on the individual’s peculiar traits, habits, or mouth structure. However, the average time you get to see results if you take the procedure seriously by going for checkups bi-weekly and using them for almost the whole day is a year. Regardless, you may start to notice slight alterations in your teeth in about two weeks or a month.
It's time; you have gotten the teeth you want. Your Invisalign treatment is over, or is it? Following the ending of your Invisalign treatment, there's another phase you need to take just seriously: using retainers. You have to use retainers to keep the results obtained from using Invisalign. If not, the teeth could lose the form they acquired and the effects of the treatment.
There are permanent and temporary retainers. Some are invisible, while others are barely visible. You also have to ensure to take good care of your retainers. Clean them with a soft bristle brush, sterilize them in a retainer solution, and keep them safe when they are not in use; and if you are using a temporary one, make sure you take them out before you eat.
Aftercare for Invisalign isn’t limited to just retainers; you have to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing, flossing, and eating healthy.
Published by Samantha Brown