Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth without the use of metal braces. This system of clear aligners gently moves the teeth to align them to help them achieve their smile goals. Invisalign is a series of custom-made transparent orthodontic appliances that cover the teeth and gently place them in the correct position over time. Because they are transparent and can be put on and taken off, they are less noticeable than traditional metal appliances.
Invisalign uses transparent tray aligners instead of wires and metal brackets to straighten teeth. The aligners are made of a solid piece of plastic strong enough to move the teeth and place them in the correct position. Every one to two weeks, the patient receives a new tray with an updated aligner. The first step to getting Invisalign is to schedule a consultation with our dentist. Our staff will discuss overall oral health and take impressions from the mouth.
This impression is then sent to Invisalign and is used to make the aligners exclusive to the patient's mouth and thus achieve a personalized fit. Once the aligners have been manufactured, our staff will ensure that they fit well, answer any questions, and review the treatment plan. Patients are expected to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day to get results. Regular checkups with Land Park Dental will ensure that treatment remains on track.
Our staff will determine how often new aligners are needed. Once the desired results have been achieved, the patient can be expected to wear a retainer to maintain those results. This will prevent the teeth from gradually returning to their starting position. Our doctor will provide you with specific instructions on how often a retainer should be used. Invisalign isn't without its advantages and disadvantages. Because they are practically invisible, both teenagers and adults can avoid the discomfort and shyness of traditional metal braces.
Many patients also appreciate being able to wear Invisalign aligners for eating, brushing and flossing, or for social situations. However, since they are removable, they are more likely to be lost or broken. Patients should also be careful about what they drink when wearing the aligners. Anything other than water should be avoided.
Liquids can seep into the plastic and remain there until the aligner is removed. This can cause spots on the aligner and even tooth decay. It is essential to properly use and care for Invisalign aligners to obtain a good orthodontic result. For Invisalign to work, aligners must be worn for the recommended number of hours a day. Patients should try to limit the number of times they remove their aligners, as it won't take long for them to exceed the time they can leave them on.
Patients should always rinse the aligners when they are removed. Bacteria and plaque can easily stick to them, which can cause an unpleasant smell and a sticky feeling on the teeth. Aligners should be cleaned with a transparent, fragrance-free antibacterial soap. If patients use toothpaste to clean the aligners, they should ensure that it is not a brand with whitening agents, as these can wear down the plastic. Invisalign aligners should be kept in a case when not in use.
Leaving them out in the open exposes them to germs that can then be transferred to the mouth. Proper oral hygiene is essential at any time, but it's a little easier when using Invisalign than traditional braces. Food and plaque can be trapped in the metal supports of conventional orthodontic appliances and can be difficult to brush. Since Invisalign aligners can be removed, it's easy to brush and floss and replace the aligners when they're finished. Be sure to brush your teeth and floss after meals before putting the aligners back in your mouth. This helps prevent food particles from getting stuck in the aligners, causing bacteria to grow and cause bad breath. Only a dentist can reasonably predict the duration of Invisalign treatment.
The severity of the condition, how well patients comply with their treatment plan, and age are all factors that influence treatment time. On average, it takes less than two years for patients to see results from their Invisalign treatment plan; however, teens may see results faster than adults due to their age. Patients should change their trays as scheduled and talk to our staff if they have any questions or concerns about their treatment plan. If patients do not wear their aligners for long enough each day, their teeth may begin shifting back into their original positions. Invisalign is an orthodontic technique that uses transparent plastic aligners to straighten your teeth. The aligners are created from a custom mold of each patient's mouth, and new trays are provided at specific intervals as part of their treatment process; Land Park Dental will develop each patient's individualized treatment plan and oversee their progress throughout. What are some of benefits of using Invisalign compared with traditional metal braces? Because Invisalign aligners are transparent, patients can avoid feeling self-conscious about having a mouth full of metal braces and wires; additionally, they are more comfortable than traditional braces since there are no wires or brackets that could irritate your gums or cheeks while eating or talking; furthermore, because they're removable it's easier for patients to brush and floss their teeth properly. How long does an Invisalign treatment typically last? Treatment usually lasts less than two years but may vary depending on each patient's specific concerns or needs; patients should wear their aligners for 20-22 hours per day in order for them to see results within this timeframe. In conclusion, Invisalign offers many advantages over traditional metal braces including being virtually invisible while still providing effective orthodontic treatment results in less time than traditional braces would take.