How Does Invisalign Treatment Work?

Invisalign is a revolutionary treatment for straightening crooked teeth. It is an alternative to using metal brackets. Invisalign involves wearing nearly-invisible aligners; making it the ideal treatment for those who do not wish to wear metal wires to straighten their teeth.

Invisalign – How it Works?

Invisalign includes nearly-invisible aligners that are customized for each person. The aligners or trays begin to shift your teeth in place within some time. You will need to change the tray every two weeks or so. With each new tray, expect the teeth to straighten by .25 mm or so. You just need to wear the aligners over the teeth as recommended by your dentist.

Dental consultation –

Consult with a dentist qualified to offer Invisalign if you are concerned about your misaligned or crooked teeth. Performing online searches is a great way to find clinics offering Invisalign in your area. Use keywords such as Invisalign Springfield (if the city is your location) or something similar. Check the websites of the dentists or call the clinics to confirm if they offer Invisalign. Schedule your consultation to begin your treatment.

Not every dentist offers Invisalign as it is a specialized treatment requiring specific professional training. So, choose the dentist carefully.

The treatment –

The treatment begins with a digitized scan to create customized aligners for each patient. The aligners are made from medical-grade plastic that is comfortable to wear for longer periods. One set of aligners will last for around two weeks or so. Then you will wear the next set of Invisalign aligners and so on and so forth until your teeth are completely straight.

The thermoplastic used for the aligners helps to shift teeth into a straighter position than before. The aligners are designed in a way to focus the force on a few teeth only at a time. Your dentist will devise a plan for you depending on what works best for your situation.

You will need to wear the aligners for 22 hours every day at least. You can remove them during meal times. You will able to see the end results you can expect from Invisalign at the start of the treatment itself. 3D imaging can help you see how your teeth will look post the Invisalign treatment.

Just like with braces, you may require wearing retainers once the treatment is over to help keep your teeth in their new position. Your dentist will recommend the best option for you. It is also possible to use customized retainers that will fit your teeth perfectly.

Benefits –

Invisalign can help to fix a variety of problems that arise due to misaligned teeth. 

You can choose to correct gaps between teeth or crowded teeth using Invisalign. Gapped teeth can expose your gums to diseases. Crowded teeth not only look unsightly but also make it difficult for a person to clean those teeth properly. You can also use Invisalign to correct the problems of underbites or overbites. Both of these problems can put unnecessary pressure on the jaws and cause discomfort. Crooked teeth can be a cause of embarrassment for most people. Due to the problem, people (both adults and children) can feel out-of-sorts in social situations. It can also affect a person’s confidence in professional situations. Invisalign is an easy solution to get rid of such problems.

Invisalign aligners carry no risk of cuts inside the mouth, unlike metal braces. You can even remove them while playing sports if you wish to not break them due to injuries.

You can also take them out to clean them thoroughly. It helps you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You need to simply clean them as you would clean your teeth. You can rinse them with water whenever needed. There is no risk of food getting stuck on the aligners and cause you discomfort and embarrassment. You can also continue to eat as before. Unlike braces where there is the risk of food getting stuck on the wires, there is no need to avoid eating any food with Invisalign.

Invisalign is also perfect for those who do feel embarrassed wearing braces at a certain age. Adults, teens, and even kids can opt for Invisalign.

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