Orthodontic treatments deal with the alignment of one’s dentition. Dentists recommend various therapy options based on the severity of a person’s teeth. Misaligned teeth and crowded teeth can be repaired with the aid of orthodontic devices recommended by your dentist or orthodontist. This article explains the facts and things you need to know about Invisalign™ as an orthodontic apparatus.
Invisalign is an orthodontic device that aligns one’s dentition by applying light, consistent pressure to it. Invisalign differs from other orthodontic appliances in that it is made of clear plastic, which makes it nearly invisible – even from close range. Invisalign corrects the misalignment, malocclusion, crowded teeth, and more, but it is not the only option to treat these issues, and Invisalign may not be right for everyone. Metal braces or palate expanders may be necessary for your treatment.
Invisalign aligners are made based on the size and shape of your dentition. Your dentist is responsible for making a mould of your teeth to create an aligner that will fit you perfectly. Teeth cleaning before Invisalign treatment
is essential because accumulated plaque and tartar need to be removed before you start to wear your aligners. Invisalign trays are changed every two weeks or as instructed by your dentist or orthodontist. Visit Dr. Cecilia Sorelle at Palm Harbour Smiles to schedule a consultation today.
1. Invisalign is more expensive than traditional metal braces, but it is also more comfortable and easier to remove and clean. These points make up for the price difference for many patients!
2. The fact that Invisalign is removable can make treatment times longer. The metal brackets used in traditional braces are permanent fixtures, so they work 24 hours a day. On the other hand, Invisalign is only used for 20-22 hours every day since patients remove their aligners when eating or brushing their teeth.
3. Different people wear their Invisalign for different treatment periods. Length of treatment is dependent on the dental problem and the response of the dentition to treatment. Treatment can be as short as nine months for some patients but averages 15-24 months.
4. Retainers are crucial to maintaining your new smile at the end of your Invisalign treatment. There is always a probability that your teeth will return to their former position and become misaligned again. Retainers work to gently keep teeth in their proper positions.
5. Never eat with your aligners or retainer
in. You can safely remove your aligners for an hour and then put them back in when you are done eating. This is to ensure that food particles do not become trapped in the aligner trays or between your teeth. The same rule applies to drinks that can stain your teeth, such as soda and wine.
Clear aligners can not rectify all orthodontic issues. Invisalign is suitable for moderate cases of teeth misalignment, but severe dental problems may require another approach. Invisalign
can generally treat problems like overbite, underbite, crossbite, spacing issues, crowded teeth, and teeth misalignment.
If you would like to know if Invisalign
is right for you, contact the team at Palm Harbour Dental for an appointment today.