What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is another option that can be considered when looking for the best solution to straighten teeth that are misaligned or crooked. It is made up of aligners that are clear and almost invisible. These aligners are removable and are designed according to your teeth to help shift and move the teeth into the desired position and will need to be replaced every two weeks for maximum results.
What dental issues can be treated with Invisalign?
Below are a few aligning issues that can be treated using Invisalign:
Overcrowded teeth – this happens when there is no space for all of your teeth to fit properly.
Widely spaced teeth – this happens when there are big gaps between your teeth.
Cross bites – this happens when both the upper and lower jaws are misaligned.
Deep bites – this occurs when the upper teeth overlaps with the lower teeth.
Under bites – this happens when the lower teeth of the lower jaw jut out in front of the front teeth of the upper jaw.
The Invisalign procedure:
Before the procedure
Before the Invisalign treatment begins, our team of dental professionals at Murwillumbah Dental will scan your teeth using an intra-oral camera to verify if they can be straightened with the Invisalign system.
Once this is confirmed, a treatment plan is then created specifically for your own dental needs using a virtual 3D treatment plan called ClinCheck. ClinCheck shows you the expected movements of your teeth during the course of your treatment and the final result.
Impressions of your teeth are then sent to the dental laboratory for the aligners to be created. This will take approximately two weeks to complete and be ready for fitting. The aligners are then sent back to us for the treatment to begin.
When treatment for Invisalign begins, our dental professionals will fit the aligners onto your teeth. Once the aligners have been placed, your teeth will slowly begin to move, gradually into its final desired position.
As your teeth move, your aligners will also need to be removed and replaced with a new set of aligners every two weeks until treatment is complete.
Regular check-ups are very important and necessary to evaluate the process and make sure you are happy with the progress of your treatment.
How long does the Invisalign treatment take to work?
The duration varies from person to person. However, it can take anything between 9-15 months to complete depending on the severity of each straightening issue.
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
- The aligners are clear and can be unnoticed.
- They are comfortable and easy to remove.
- They can be removed when brushing your teeth or eating.
- You will hardly experience pain when wearing them.
- They are very hygienic and can easily be kept clean.
- You may consume many types of foods and beverages while using aligners.
What are the disadvantages of Invisalign?
- They are very expensive compared to other forms of orthodontic treatments.
- They might not be able to treat major dental problems.
- They are not available for children (only adults and teens).
- They can be misplaced easily once they are removed and too costly to replace.
Please contact us at Murwillumbah Dental for more information on our Invisalign treatment.
Invisalign, which is an orthodontic treatment alternative to traditional metal braces, works to straighten teeth with the use of removable, virtually invisible aligners. The aligners are custom-made to ensure that they fit your teeth correctly. When you wear your Invisalign aligners, your teeth will move gradually into new positions, which will be pre-planned by your dentist. Every two weeks, the aligners will be replaced and you will be given a new set to wear. It is important that you come in for regular checks so that your dentist can monitor the progress of your Invisalign treatment.
It is important to note that treatment times vary from patient to patient, both in the case of Invisalign and traditional metal braces. Generally, Invisalign treatment takes between nine and 15 months to complete, although this will depend on the particular orthodontic issues you are having treated. In most cases, traditional metal braces are worn for around two years. Although Invisalign works fairly quickly, it is not a suitable treatment for more serious and complex orthodontic issues, so we recommend that you come in for a consultation to find out if it’s right for you.
You will need to wear your Invisalign aligners for around 22 hours every day. It is fine to remove them from your mouth when you eat and drink, and when you brush and floss your teeth. It is important that you adhere to your dentist’s instructions when it comes to wearing your Invisalign aligners. This will ensure that the results of your treatment are effective. Generally, you can expect your Invisalign treatment to take between nine and 15 months to complete, although this will depend on your particular orthodontic issues, as well as your personal expectations.
No. Invisalign aligners are generally very comfortable to wear and you should not feel any pain when wearing them. You may experience a little bit of discomfort when you first begin treatment, and it can take some time to get used to wearing your aligners, but once you have adjusted, they should feel comfortable. You may feel some tenderness or pressure in your teeth as they begin to move, which is completely normal. If this causes you discomfort, please let us know and we will help you manage it.
Invisalign can be used to treat a wide range of orthodontic issues, including overcrowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, cross bites, deep bites, and under bites. It is important to note, however, that Invisalign is not always a suitable option when it comes to treating major dental problems.
We recommend that you come in for an assessment so that we can determine whether or not Invisalign is the right treatment for you. If your dentist finds that braces are a better option, they will let you know and guide you through the treatment process.
One of the benefits of Invisalign is that the aligners are actually very easy to clean. Simply remove them from your mouth and brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush in order to remove any food particles or plaque that has built up.
You should clean your aligners every morning when you wake up, and every evening before bed. In order to maintain optimal oral hygiene, we also recommend that you rinse your Invisalign aligners every time you remove them from your mouth. This will help to prevent bacteria from growing, and get rid of dry saliva and plaque. It’s also important that you brush and floss your teeth before you put your aligners back in your mouth.