All There Is to Know About Invisalign®

All There Is to Know About Invisalign®

January 1, 2022

Metal braces were the go-to option for a long time whenever people needed to correct orthodontic problems. But a couple of decades ago, Invisalign® came as a breath of fresh air. Now, adults and teenagers who could not bear the thought of having a mouth full of wires can undergo Invisalign aligner therapy.

Invisalign has changed how we correct orthodontic issues since trays are used instead of wires and brackets to move teeth to their new positions.

Plus, their comfortable and discreet nature has come as a breath of fresh air for people looking for an alternative to metal braces.

Without further ado, let’s see what a typical Invisalign treatment looks like.

Before Invisalign Treatment

As mentioned before, Invisalign uses a series of trays that are custom-made to match your teeth exactly. Even though Invisalign uses trays, it still operates under the same principle as metal braces. This is because they correct orthodontic issues by applying some pressure to the teeth, which moves the teeth to their new positions.

So, before you get the customized trays, our dentist will have to examine your teeth to ascertain whether you are eligible for the aligners.

Therefore, you will need to visit our Invisalign Dental Practice to be evaluated by our dentist. Our dentist will look at the severity of your case, previous orthodontic treatments, your lifestyle, and much more.

If all signs point toward moving forward with the treatment after the evaluation, our dentist will scan your teeth to help you get a customized treatment plan. The scans will be sent to the Invisalign lab, where they will be used to create the exact size and shape of your aligners that are a perfect fit.

Then, our dentist will use ClinCheck®, a 3D software, to map the treatment to ensure that all of your teeth move in the correct order and at the appropriate time. When our dentist uses this software, guesswork is eliminated. Also, you may even get a glimpse of how your smile might look in a few months to come.

Once our dentist has created the treatment plan, you will receive your new aligners after being fabricated. You will most likely receive your aligners during your next visit, which will be after four weeks. The aligners look like teeth whitening trays or even mouthguards.

During Your Treatment

Now, it’s time for your smile to be transformed. Once you receive your aligners, you will have the opportunity to try them on while our dentist is present. This is the perfect opportunity for you to ask questions about the aligners and be comfortable with the treatment plan.

At this time, our dentist will:

  • Ascertain that the aligners are fitting properly
  • Answer all your questions concerning the aligners
  • Let you know about the various stages of your treatment

From then on, you will be required to visit our dentist after every four to eight weeks. The routine visits will aid our dentist in checking on your progress.

Remember that you will need to wear the aligners every day for no less than 20 hours for the duration of your treatment. Plus, you will need to wear the aligners for a week or two before discarding them and picking the next in the series.

After Invisalign Treatment

Now that you are through withyour treatment and your smile is better than ever, what’s next?

After straightening your teeth, maintenance must begin. This means that you will need to wear a retainer. Retainers are essential after completing your orthodontic treatment because teeth tend to move back to their original positions. So, retainers help them remain in their new positions.

If you are unable to follow the maintenance efforts, the treatment can be undone and lead to:

  • Incomplete remodelling of the tooth socket and retaining bone
  • Teeth returning to a misaligned state
  • Teeth begin to shift again
  • A waste of your time and finances

So when you wear your retainers, remember the following:

  • Don’t eat with the retainers
  • Don’t drink hot beverages with the retainers
  • Ensure to rinse your retainer before and after putting it back in your mouth

Fix Your Smile Today

If you wish to correct orthodontic issues and get a beautiful and healthy smile, contact our dentist at our Invisalign Dental Practice, Ancaster Family Dentistry, to schedule an appointment.

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