Invisalign is a popular alternative to braces that uses transparent, removable aligners to straighten teeth.
Invisalign is a brand of clear aligners which are almost invisible to see. A series of aligners are designed using digital technology to map out your journey from where you are now to straighter teeth. This means you will only need short visits every 6-8 weeks to your dentist.
The Treatment Process
Invisalign clear aligners are made from SmartTrack material which is comfortable to wear. They are shaped at the gum line to make them fit better and are easy to put in and take out. You will be aware that the teeth are moving just after your visit to the dentist but after that, there is not really much sensation.
The Invisalign® treatment process is simple and efficient. You will first need to schedule a consultation with your dentist to see if Invisalign is right for you. During the consultation, your dentist will take X-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth which will be used to create a digital 3D model of them.
Once the digital model is created, your dentist will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth and when they are expected to achieve their final positions.
You will then be able to see a virtual representation of what your new smile will look like once the treatment is complete.
If you decide to go ahead with Invisalign®, the next step is to have your custom-made aligners created. These will be made specifically for you based on the digital model of your teeth.
You will need to wear each aligner for about two weeks before moving on to the next one in the series. As you progress through the treatment, your teeth will gradually shift into place.
You will need to visit your dentist every 6-8 weeks so they can check on your progress and give you the next set of aligners. The entire treatment process usually takes about 9-18 months, but this will vary depending on each individual case.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign® is a popular treatment option for both adults and teens because it is virtually invisible and can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. This makes it much more comfortable and convenient than traditional braces.
Other benefits of Invisalign include:
- You can see what your new smile will look like before you start treatment
- There is no need for metal brackets or wires
- The aligners are made from a comfortable material that will not irritate your mouth
- You can remove the aligners for special occasions
- The treatment process is usually shorter than traditional braces
Are there any drawbacks to Invisalign?
Invisalign is not suitable for everyone. Some dental problems, such as severe crowding or bite issues, can only be corrected with traditional braces.
Invisalign is also more expensive than traditional braces, although the cost will vary depending on the severity of your case.
If you do decide to go ahead with Invisalign, it is important to be diligent about wearing the aligners for 22 hours each day and taking them out only for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. If you do not wear the aligners as prescribed, treatment will take longer and may not be as effective.
Are you a good candidate for Invisalign?
The best way to find out if Invisalign is right for you is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. They will be able to assess your individual case and advise you on the best treatment option.
If you are considering Invisalign, it is important to have realistic expectations about the treatment process and the results. Invisalign can give you straighter teeth and a more attractive smile, but it cannot change your facial structure or give you a perfect smile.
Before starting treatment, be sure to ask your dentist any questions you have about Invisalign so you can make an informed decision about whether it is the right treatment for you.
How do you get started?
The first step is to schedule a consultation with your dentist to see if Invisalign is right for you. The dentist will assess your individual case and advise you on the best course of treatment.