What is an invisalign treatment?
It is a process of wearing a series of removable, clear aligners that helps to gradually straighten your teeth.
What is an invisalign clear aligner made of and how do they look like?
These are clear aligners that are made of flexible plastic that is specifically a patented thermoplastic material that is exclusively made for an invisalign treatment. It doesn’t contain any type of latex or gluten. They usually look as thin, clear, and teeth shaped night guard. It fits over your teeth and is virtually invisible.
How does an invisalign works?
An Invisalign usually works as a series of custom molded, clear aligners that applies gentle and controlled pressure on your teeth that helps to put them in place. The dentist plans out your unique treatment plan also known as digital treatment plan that helps to map out the exact movement of your teeth. It is designed to apply the right amount of force on right place at the right time based on the plans made by your dentist. You will insert a new aligner every two-three weeks until treatment is completed.
How is an invisalign better than other braces?
The best and the most important thing that makes an invisalign better than braces are that they are virtually invisible. People standing in front of you might not even notice you are wearing something on your teeth. Unlike other braces you can even remove an invisalign during drinking or eating another thing better is that it has no metal brackets or wires that could irritate or hurt your mouth. Also there is no need to visit your dentist regularly but in other braces if a bracket or wire comes you need to visit your dentist every time that might happen. Clear aligners are more comfortable and provide better fit according to your gum line.
How long the treatment does takes?
The time to be taken for the treatment depends on various factors like how complex your case might be, or how much space is there in your mouth. It also depends on how often you are wearing your aligners. Keeping all these factors in mind your dentist will determine how long you need your treatment to go on. But generally an invisalign treatment takes around 12-18 months on an average, but you might start noticing the changes in a matter of weeks.
How often do I need to wear these aligners throughout the day?
For best results you should at least need to wear it for 20-22 hours in a day, at least during the first 6-8 months. After you start seeing visible changes it can be from 18-20 hours. You only need to take it while eating, drinking, smoking, brushing and flossing. You even need to wear it at night while you sleep.
Will wearing the clean aligners anyhow affect my speech?
Like any other dental appliance few initial days might cause you a bit discomfort. It may take a couple of days for your tongue to get habituated to the aligners in your mouth. Whatever discomfort or problem you might face will disappear in a couple of days.
How can I clean my aligners?
The best way to clean your aligner is by using a toothbrush and toothpaste and rinses them in lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water for your aligners as it may distort the plastic.
What if I lose or break an aligner I was wearing?
If any kind of thing like this happens let your dentist know about it immediately. The doctor will work out a plan with you to ensure that you remain on-track with your treatment. In doing this you might need to wear the previous retainer or the next retainer or you might need to order a new one.
Do I need to wear a retainer even after invisalign treatment?
Generally it is recommended that you wear your retainer after the course of treatment has been completed to prevent it from gradually shifting back whether it was done with braces or with invisalign treatment. But since every case is different your dentist will examine and prescribe you if you need to wear a retainer.
Will the invisalign treatment hurt?
No it will not hurt. But, yes your teeth will feel a little sensitive for first few initial days. But this only means that the clear aligners are working properly and your teeth are moving in the place. Discomfort is very mild and goes away quickly.