Invisalign

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Invisalign

Invisalign is a type of clear braces designed by a company called Align Technology, used for the treatment of spacing issues and teeth malocclusion. Invisalign can treat both upper and lower teeth. Wearers are required to wear their aligners for up to 22 hours daily, but they are able to remove them periodically to eat or drink, or to clean their teeth.

How Invisalign Works

Each clear aligner will be placing gentle pressure on your teeth, shifting them small amounts over a two-week time frame. Periodically, your aligners will be swapped out for a new set so that your teeth are continually shifting into their proper positions. You may require anywhere from 18 to 30 aligners for the treatment of teeth misalignment.

Invisalign is a type of clear braces designed by a company called Align Technology, used for the treatment of spacing issues and teeth malocclusion. Invisalign can treat both upper and lower teeth. Wearers are required to wear their aligners for up to 22 hours daily, but they are able to remove them periodically to eat or drink, or to clean their teeth.

How Invisalign Works

Each clear aligner will be placing gentle pressure on your teeth, shifting them small amounts over a two-week time frame. Periodically, your aligners will be swapped out for a new set so that your teeth are continually shifting into their proper positions. You may require anywhere from 18 to 30 aligners for the treatment of teeth misalignment.

The time that it takes for Invisalign treatment to be completed is similar to that of traditional metal braces. One factor that can increase the time that it takes for Invisalign to work is patient compliance. You need to be wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours a day, or the time that it takes for your teeth to be straightened can significantly lengthen.

One important difference between Invisalign and traditional metal braces is that the clear braces used in this process apply force to individual teeth. So instead of being uncomfortable within your entire mouth whenever your braces are tightened, the proper force is applied only to specific teeth at certain stages of your treatment. So you will experience significantly less discomfort with Invisalign compared to traditional braces.

Invisalign Benefits

  • Enhanced comfort
  • Conveniently removable to clean teeth or eat
  • Virtually invisible to others

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to complete my treatment?

Treatment can take anywhere from nine to 18 months, but how long your treatment takes is dependent upon the degree of alignment problems that you are having. It can also be impacted by how long you are wearing your aligners each day. If you wear them less than the recommended 22 hours per day, your length of treatment may be longer.

Is Invisalign painful?

You may experience some minor discomfort during the first few days after receiving new aligners. Once your teeth and gums have grown used to the change, it will lessen dramatically. Some temporary discomfort is an indication that your aligners are functioning correctly.

Will Invisalign make my voice sound different?

Patients typically notice very little changes in their speaking ability when wearing Invisalign aligners, but some patients do have a slight adjustment period while getting used to them.

Will there be any eating restrictions?

Since no wires or metal brackets are used with Invisalign, there will be no food restrictions during your treatment. Just make sure that you brush and floss before replacing your aligners so that you can enjoy each of your favorite foods and snacks while you are being treated.

Will I need to wear retainers after my Invisalign treatment?

Yes. Once your orthodontic treatment has ended, you will need to wear retainers to ensure that your teeth become accustomed to their new positions and do not shift back into misalignment.

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