Invisalign has proven to be as effective at straightening teeth as traditional braces. Patients with severe crowding or bite problems may require treatment in which Invisalign is used in combination with other fixed orthodontic techniques.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign used 3D computer imaging technology to depict the complete treatment plan from the initial position to the final desired position, from which a series of custom-made aligners are produced. Each aligner moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about 2 weeks, then replaced by the next in the series until the final desired position is achieved.
What are aligners made of?
Aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade non-toxic plastic that is virtually invisible when worn.
What do aligners look like?
Aligners are nearly invisible and look similar to clear tooth-whitening trays, but are customer-made for a better fit to move your teeth. Some orthodontists have referred to them as “contact lenses for teeth.”
How does Invisalign effectively move teeth?
Like brackets and arch wires, the Invisalign aligner moves teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on the teeth. The principal difference is that Invisalign not only controls forces, but also controls the timing of the force application. With each aligner, only certain teeth are allowed to move, and these movements are determined by the orthodontic treatment plan for that particular aligner. This results in an efficient force delivery system.
Will the treatment be painful?
Most people experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It is a sign that the Invisalign aligners are working – sequentially moving your teeth to their final destination. This discomfort typically goes away a couple of days after you insert the new aligner in the series.
Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?
Like all orthodontic treatments, aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp or minor speech impediment caused by the aligners should disappear.
Are there restrictions on what I can eat?
No. Unlike traditional orthodontics, you can usually eat whatever you desire while in treatment because you remove your aligners to eat and drink. Thus, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favourite foods and snacks, unless instructed otherwise by your orthodontist. Also, it is import that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to reinserting your aligners to maintain proper hygiene. Don’t forget – we recommend you wear your aligner for at least 22 hours a day!
Can I drink with my aligners still on?
You should remove your aligners to drink anything else except water. Leaving aligners on while drinking may stain them and you may be at risk of tooth decay drinking fluids with sugar in them.
How often must I wear my aligner?
Aligners should be worn all day, except when eating, brushing and flossing – remember, for at least 22 hours a day!
For more information on how Invisalign treatment can give you the smile and perfectly aligned teeth you have always wanted, call Best Western Dental Centre today for your free Invisalign consultation.