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Everybody wants a great smile, but a lot of us need help getting there. When people think of braces, they most often think of traditional orthodontics with metal brackets and wires. However, invisalign is another alternative that can address the same orthodontic concerns, but without the obvious mouthful of metal. Therefore, invisalign appeals to many people, but they still have questions. Here we have answered for you
1. What are Aligners?
Aligners are plastic trays made of a thermoplastic material that surround your teeth in a similar fashion to certain dental retainers. Aligners are durable and designed to move the teeth gradually into the correct position.
2. Will Aligners work as well as metal braces to straighten my teeth?
Yes, the aligners can close gaps between your teeth, move crooked and rotated teeth into the correct position and address bite issues. The only thing aligners cannot do is address bite problems that the jaw bone causes.
3. Are the Aligners painful?
Generally, invisalign does not hurt. Some people experience temporary discomfort for a few days at the beginnig of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It’s also a sign that invisalign is working as it moves your teeth to their final destination. This discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days.
4. How do Aligners straighten teeth?
Over the course of treatment, you will be supplied with a series of aligners. Each aligner will make a slight adjustments to tooth position.When the aligners are placed on the teeth, they cause the teeth to gradually shift from their current position. After approximately 1 week, you will begin using the next set of aligners which will continue the teeth straightening process.
5. What makes the teeth move with Invisalign Aligners?
Invisalign aligners move your teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force and also the timing of the force application. During each stage only certain teeth are allowed to move. These movements are determined in the sequence we set for your unique invisalign treatment plan.
6. What is the procedure for Aligners?
Once you and your doctor establish that clear aligners is the right treatment option for you, your doctor will take impressions, photos and x – rays of your teeth. After that your doctor sends your records – your impressions , photos and x –rays to lab with a prescription for your custom aligners. Lab uses your records to create exact 3D models of your teeth and when it is ready it will be sended to the doctor by the lab. Aligners have to be worn for 20 – 22 hours per day wearing the aligners less frequently will prolong your overall treatment time and only removed for eating, brushing and flossing. We will schedule regular appointments usually about once every 10 – 12 weeks.The goal of these visits is to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
7. What are the advantages of Invisalign?
The obvious advantage of invisalign is that the aligners are not obvious – infact, they are hardly noticeable in normal social and professional circumstances. In addition, invisalign aligners are removable so you can take them whenever you want to eat and drink or when it’s time to brush and floss your teeth.
8. Are there restrictions as to what I can eat while in Aligners?
No, thanks to the removable nature of aligners. You can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment. In fact, you are required to remove your aligners to eat and drink. So unlike when undergoing traditional treatment using wires and brackets, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favourite foods and snacks unless you are instructed otherwise by your doctor. Also, it is important that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to reinserting your aligners to maintain fresh breath and proper hygiene.
9. How should I clean my Aligners?
The invisalign cleaning system is the best way to keep your aligners clean and fresh. Alternatively, you can brush and rinse them with lukewarm water. Never use boiling water as it’s heat can damage the aligners plastic resin.
10. Will I need to wear a retainer after treatment to prevent my teeth from moving again?
We recommend that anyone who has completed orthodontic treatment, whether braces or invisalign treatment, use a retainer to prevent teeth from gradually shifting back towards their initial position. Certain reasons to wear a retainer are :-
- Maintains the space for wisdom teeth and new teeth
- Prevents the treatment reversal by aligning the bone with gums and helps the teeth to hold their position
- Stabilize the bite