What does the Invisalign process involve?
Before beginning the Invisalign process, an initial consultation is organised with your dentist or orthodontist. During the consultation, a 3D digital image of the teeth is produced and is used to help create the aligners. From the images, a detailed treatment plan can be established.
To receive the best result from the treatment, it is recommended that the aligners are worn for at least 22 hours each day for around two weeks. Being removable, you can take the aligners out when you eat and brush your teeth. After the two-week period is up, a new aligner from the set is swapped, allowing for the continuation in the alignment of your teeth. Check-ups every six weeks are recommended to ensure that the treatment is still working and that the teeth are still being aligned correctly.
Benefits of Invisalign
The benefits of choosing Invisalign over traditional braces include:
- They are removable
Being a simple plastic aligner, they can be removed at any time including for weddings, formals and other special occasions. Being removable also means that you don’t have to worry about food getting stuck while eating.
- There are no food restrictions
When you choose Invisalign, you don’t have to put up with food restrictions. Since they are removable, you can eat anything including sweets, drink soft drink and chewing gum. However, to get the best results you need to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day.
- They are comfortable
Being made out of plastic, the aligners will be gentle on the cheek area. Unlike traditional metal braces, no scrapes or cuts will occur. This allows patients who can’t withstand contact with metal objects to be able to still achieve straight teeth.
Invisalign at G Dental
Invisalign treatment is an excellent option for patients who don’t want to go through the long and painful process of traditional metal braces, while still achieving the same result of straight teeth.
If you are considering Invisalign as an option for orthodontic treatment or would like more information, contact our experienced team today!
How should I clean my Invisalign aligners?
In order to keep your Invisalign aligners clean and hygienic, we recommend that you rinse them every time you remove them. This will help to get rid of any dry saliva and plaque that has built up. It is also a good idea to soak your aligners in a special cleaning formula from time to time. Remember to brush and floss your teeth before reinserting your aligners — by maintaining proper oral hygiene, you should be able to prevent oral health issues such as tooth decay from developing. You can also brush your aligners very gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Just be sure that you don’t brush too hard, as this could damage your aligners.
How long does Invisalign treatment last?
When it comes to the duration of Invisalign treatment, each patient is different. Your treatment time will depend on a number of factors, including your aesthetic goals, the issues you would like resolved, and your compliancy to treatment. In most cases, Invisalign treatment generally takes anywhere between 12 to 18 months to complete. When you come in for a consultation, your dentist will assess your particular needs before formulating a treatment plan and letting you know what you can expect.
Can Invisalign straighten very crooked teeth?
While Invisalign can resolve a number of orthodontic issues, it is important to note that very severe misalignment may not always be treated with clear aligners. If you have crooked teeth, we recommend that you come in for a consultation. Your dentist will assess your needs and let you know which treatment is right for you.