Invisalign® is fast becoming a popular orthodontic treatment because people like that the aligner trays are transparent and removable. One question many patients are quick to ask during their consultation is how long it takes for the aligners to straighten the teeth. There is no definite answer to that question, but this article explains the…
What Should I Know About Invisalign®?
More people are choosing Invisalign to fix problems with their teeth because they are just as effective as traditional braces and allow people to correct their smile discreetly.
What you need to know about Invisalign
Invisalign clear aligners are orthodontic devices that dentists use to fix problems like crooked teeth, crowded teeth, gaps in the teeth as well as bite problems. The Invisalign process involves using a set of aligners to gradually straighten the teeth and fix other problems with the teeth.
How do Invisalign aligners work?
Invisalign aligners work using a tray of aligners to gradually move the teeth into the desired position. The aligners, which are custom made for each patient, have to be worn for two weeks before being discarded. The patient then moves on to the next set of aligners in the tray and wears them for another two weeks before moving on to the next one. This process continues until the patient has used all the aligners they were given by their dentist, which completes the treatment.
What to expect when going in for Invisalign treatment
During the patient’s consultation, the dentist will take a digital scan of the patient’s teeth to create a 3D model and to show the patient how their teeth will gradually move into the desired position. The dentist will also answer any questions the patient has before proceeding to the next step.
Once the treatment plan has been agreed upon, the dentist will send the scan to a dental laboratory where the aligners will be made. When the aligners are ready, the dentist will call the patient back in to pick them up and explain how to properly use them to ensure the treatment is successful.
How long do the aligners have to be worn?
To get the most out of their Invisalign aligners, patients are advised to wear them for 22 hours a day until they complete the treatment. The only time they should be taken off is when the patient is eating and when they are brushing their teeth and cleaning the aligners.
Will I have to change my diet?
No. Unlike traditional braces, which prevent people from eating certain foods because they might get stuck in the brackets and wires, there are no dietary restrictions with Invisalign aligners because they can be removed before eating which prevents them from damage.
How do I clean my Invisalign aligners?
Invisalign aligners should be cleaned using water and soap. Patients should avoid using toothpaste to clean their aligners because they can dull the finish of the aligners and make them look cloudy.
Will wearing Invisalign affect my speech?
Having a lisp is common when people start wearing Invisalign aligners, but the problem is only temporary and it is gone when the patient gets used to having them in their mouth, which usually takes two to three days.
Invisalign aligners are very effective in treating a lot of the problems people have with the appearance of their teeth. If you have crooked teeth, crowded teeth or any other flaw that affects the appearance of your teeth, talk to your dentist about fixing the problem with Invisalign.
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