Invisalign at Orthosmile
Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment that uses clear, custom-made aligners to straighten teeth. It is an alternative to traditional metal braces that are often associated with discomfort and appearance concerns. The benefits and limitations of Invisalign, how it works, and what to expect during the treatment process will be discussed.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign works by gradually shifting the position of your teeth using a series of custom-made clear aligners. The aligners are made from a strong, medical-grade thermoplastic material that is virtually invisible when worn. The aligners are designed to fit snugly over your teeth and apply gentle pressure to move them into the desired position. However, special tooth-coloured attachments will have to be bonded to a few of your teeth to help improve the fit and facilitate the desired teeth movements.
The success of your Invisalign treatment will only be as good as the skill and experience of the orthodontist because it requires a considerable amount of treatment planning by the orthodontist to ensure proper movement of your teeth. The treatment process typically starts with a consultation with the orthodontist, who will assess your teeth and determine if Invisalign is right for you. If you are a good candidate, we will arrange appropriate appointment to have your treatment started.
Once we have acquired the appropriate records, the orthodontist can create a customized treatment plan, including the number of aligners you will need and how long the treatment will take.
Once your aligners are ready, you will wear them for 22 hours a day, removing them only to eat, brush, and floss. You will typically switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks as your teeth gradually shift into the desired position. Throughout the treatment process, you will have regular check-ins with your provider to ensure that the treatment is progressing as planned.
Benefits of Invisalign
- Discreet Appearance: One of the main advantages of Invisalign is that the aligners are virtually invisible, making them a great choice for people who are self-conscious about wearing braces.
- Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are made from a smooth, comfortable material that is less likely to irritate the gums and cheeks than traditional braces.
- Removable: Invisalign aligners can be easily removed for eating, brushing, and flossing, making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene during treatment.
- Customised Treatment: Invisalign treatment is tailored to the individual needs of each patient, with custom-made aligners designed to fit snugly over your teeth.
Limitations of Invisalign
- Cost: Invisalign treatment can be more expensive than traditional braces, although the cost will depend on the complexity of the treatment needed.
- Discipline: To achieve the best results, Invisalign aligners need to be worn for 22 hours per day, which can be challenging for some patients.
- Not Suitable for All Cases: Invisalign may not be suitable for patients with severe bite
problems or complex dental issues.
- Regular Maintenance: Invisalign aligners need to be regularly cleaned and maintained to ensure that they remain clear and effective.
- Limited Tooth Movement: In some cases, traditional braces may be a better option for
achieving certain types of tooth movement.
Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment that offers a discreet, comfortable alternative to traditional metal braces. It can be an effective solution for many patients, but it is not suitable for everyone. If you are considering Invisalign treatment, it is important to consult with an experienced Invisalign provider who can assess your individual needs and determine if it is the right option for you. With the proper care and maintenance, Invisalign can help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.