Invisalign is the modern teeth straightening system. Instead of metals which are used in traditional braces, Invisalign uses clear, smooth, and durable medical-grade plastic aligners to straighten the teeth. These clear aligners are customized to perfectly adapt to your teeth and this snug fit helps the teeth to slowly move to the desired position.
The Invisalign treatment involves a series of clear aligners that will be replaced at certain intervals. As your teeth shifts into position, the aligners will naturally loosen. So every two weeks, you are to replace your aligners with a new one to facilitate continuous tooth movement. The number of aligners you need will depend on the severity of your case. The more misaligned your teeth are the more aligners are needed to straighten them.
The ultimate goals of the Invisalign treatment are to straighten the teeth, correct the bite, and improve your oral health. This is achieved through the use of modern computer imaging technology that plans a safe, effective, and efficient treatment from start to finish.
Because of the convenience, comfort, and ease of use that these virtually invisible clear aligners offer, they are currently one of the most well-known aligner programs that many dental clinics offer.
$2,200 to $5,200
The routine Invisalign treatment starts with an initial consultation, and then your dental scans will be taken. From there, your custom aligners will be made. You are to wear them for 20 – 22 hours a day, only removing if you have to eat, drink, or clean them. Every 2 weeks, a new set of aligners will be sent to you and you must progressively wear them to continue the process. Then, you are to return to your dentist every 6 to 8 weeks, or as instructed, for progress checks. Your dentist will evaluate if the treatment is working as planned or if modifications should be done.
Remember that compliance is important when it comes to the Invisalign treatment. They are removable so you can easily pop them off when you need to eat or drink, but immediately slot them back in your teeth so you can complete the 22-hour daily use needed. They must be worn even in your sleep! The process can slow and gradual but you must follow your dentist’s instructions to truly see the results you want.
Your Invisalign treatment will start with a consultation with an Invisalign specialist. The process differs with dental braces so additional training is needed to achieve a high level of skill and knowledge to effectively conduct the procedure. This can only be achieved with an Invisalign-trained doctor.
Then, using digital software, your Invisalign dentist will take your mouth scans to assess your teeth and bite. From there, they will map out a customized treatment plan that is designed to achieve your individual smile goals. With this technology, you can even view your future smile before the treatment starts!
Using clear aligners is a learning process. At first, they will feel a bit uncomfortable and bulky in your mouth especially when you are talking. But with daily use, you will slowly learn how to properly live with them. And when that happens, you will find that the Invisalign aligners fit right into your lifestyle. No major adjustments needed.
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You can expect your speech to be somewhat unstable. Some patients may also experience excessive saliva and drooling when they speak. This is perfectly normal as you are slowly getting used to the aligners. Take your time to learn using your aligners and how it will work best for you. Bad breath and dry mouth are also common concerns but these are manageable with the right hygiene practices.
What should I expect during my consultation?
During the initial consultation, the first step is to identify if you are a suitable Invisalign patient. If you are, your dentist will then do a sit-down with you where you will discuss your expectations for the treatment. Then, using the digital Invisalign technology, your dentist will design your treatment plan and explain the best process towards your goals. Pre- Invisalign procedures may also be recommended such as teeth cleaning and gum therapy if needed.
How long will Invisalign treatment take?
The general rule is: the more complex the case is, the longer the Invisalign treatment will be. So this will differ for everyone. Your dentist should be able to explain this to you before your treatment. But on average, you can expect your treatment to last about 12 to 18 months.
How many hours per day should I wear my Invisalign aligners?
For best results, you should have the aligners on for 20 – 22 hours a day.
Why should I choose Invisalign over metal braces?
The biggest advantage of Invisalign over traditional metal braces is the absence of fixed metal brackets and wires. These metals can cause irritation to the gums and may scratch your inner cheek and tongue. Also, because they are fixed on your teeth, you may find it hard to clean them. Because of this, metal braces tend to cause gum disease and bad breath if not properly taken care of. With Invisalign, you do not have to worry about these.
Also, Invisalign boasts of incredible comfort during wear and they are almost invisible. Many patients love the process and the results and you can experience this too.