When looking for the right treatment for our teeth to bring a stunning smile to our faces – Invisalign should be something that is discussed. Invisalign is a treatment that is similar to traditional braces in its aim to straighten and improve the teeth. It however, is not garish and chunky and in most cases cannot be seen by others.
For adults in particular, Invisalign is a great option if you want to straighten your teeth this year and improve your confidence. It is discrete and consists of a transparent retainer that can be removed when eating or brushing your teeth.
This type of treatment is very much suited to your lifestyle and will not disrupt your life as a traditional metal frame might.
Today we are going to talk about Invisalign and the process you will undertake during treatment.
Invisalign braces are almost completely invisible and this is ideal for those who have avoided braces due to their size or look. They are also removable which makes them a little easier to live with than traditional braces and they will fit seamlessly into your lifestyle.
They are made custom to you and this will provide you with maximum comfort that you wouldn’t otherwise enjoy with traditional metal braces.
How does Invisalign work?
Now that you know a little bit about what Invisalign is it is time to take a look at how to go through the treatment process with your orthodontist this year.
The first thing to do when planning for Invisalign treatment is to visit your dentist and let them know your plans. Discuss the problems you have with your teeth and how you aim to solve them. Whether it be pulling a wonky tooth down or closing a gap between your teeth all of these things can be done with Invisalign. Once you have discussed your aims you will complete a bite impression and this will be sent to create your unique retainer.
- Aligner creation
Your bite impression will now be sent to the experts at Invisalign and this is where the magic really happens. Your bit impression will be inspected with 3D imaging and your notes from the dentist will be consulted to create the perfect shaping pathway. Then anything between 12 and 48 retainers will be made for your mouth to gradually shape your teeth.
- Trying them on
You’ll now go back to the dentist once again and try on the first in your set of retainers. Don’t worry, you won’t have to bring all 12-48 retainers home with you at once – your dentist will keep these and give them to you in small intervals so that you don’t get confused! You’ll be sent away with your first few retainers to try and you can go back periodically to get new ones.
- The treatment
You’ll wear each set of aligners for 2 weeks at a time. After this, move onto the next one and wear this for 2 weeks etc. It is important to note that the only time you can remove your retainer is when you eat or drink and brush your teeth. You need to wear them overnight to ensure the shaping process carries on even in sleep.
- The final result
After an average of 12-18 months you’ll be back at the dentist once more to check your final progress. At this point if there are any issues you can work them out; or if you are happy with them you’ll be given a retainer to wear for 6 months to ensure your teeth stay in their new place.
Enjoy your new teeth!