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Invisalign - How Does It Work?

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

One of the reasons that dental patients have never been excited about the idea of wearing braces is because they are metal and very noticeable on teeth. Thankfully, there have been changes to treatments available that give teeth a straighter look without being as visible. These include clear aligners, which can be worn on the teeth instead of traditional braces. Invisalign, established in 1998, is one of the best-known and best-performing clear aligners. In this informative article, the Luviacure team will look at the effects that Invisalign may produce and the outcomes patients may anticipate after receiving treatment.

Invisalign – What is the Treatment?

Invisalign is the brand name for a thin clear aligner that patients use to receive particular orthodontic therapy. Although Invisalign is not considered an invisible treatment choice, they are transparent and fit over the teeth in a less obvious manner than traditional metal braces made of brackets and wires. Invisalign can help with the following problems:

  • Spacing of the teeth

  • Crowding of the teeth

  • Overbite and Underbite

The first thing you must do to start Invisalign treatment is to visit an orthodontist. They will create a 3D image of the inside of your mouth and jaw to plan how they will move your teeth into the desired position. This plan involves using customized plastic aligners that fit over your teeth and applying pressure to shift them into place gradually.

At around the three-month mark, both aligners will need to be replaced. The patient will have to change one pair of clear aligners for the next pair every week or two. In addition, daily wear of the clear aligners in the mouth for 20 to 22 hours is required. When eating, brushing teeth, or cleaning the aligners, the patient will have to remove the clear aligners and put them back in when done.

The therapy will last as long as the desired change needs to be made in the teeth and whether the planned modifications include complex bite or spacing issues.

Invisalign – Treatment Pros and Cons

Some of the "pros"/benefits of the treatment include:

  • Invisalign can provide a more attractive look to teeth, and the therapy does not necessitate metal braces.

  • Clear aligners have the added benefit of being removable, which allows patients to clean their teeth more efficiently and perform other dental health tasks such as flossing.

Some of the "cons"/drawbacks of this treatment include:

  • If patients have trouble complying with the requirement to wear braces for 20-22 hours a day, this option might not be ideal for them.

  • Invisalign can't always treat more complex dental problems, and it isn't a good choice for individuals with bridgework on some teeth.

Even considering when determining whether or not to undergo therapy, the final results should be permanent as long as the patient follows the instructions and maintains excellent oral health.

Invisalign – Questions to Keep in Mind

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that patients should consider before undergoing an Invisalign treatment:

  • Do they wish to conceal metal braces that are often visible to others?

  • Are they ready to wear the transparent aligners for the required hours daily?

  • Will the person care for them correctly to keep them in the proper working condition?

Invisalign – Talking to a Dental Professional

When patients come in for an initial consultation, they should prepare a list of queries beforehand with their dentist to ensure they get the answers they need. Aside from examining the current state of the teeth, the dentist must also be willing and able to answer any concerns associated with the treatment procedure. An orthodontist can also help with problems or check the teeth' current condition.

Not only will the dental professional be able to tell if Invisalign can fix the patient's teeth, but they will also know if traditional metal braces are needed. Patients must understand the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment to make a sound judgment about what is best for their smile. When patients are informed, they can make the best decisions regarding improving their smiles.

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