With the passage of time, orthodontic treatment has seen many positive developments and has produced ways to align teeth with the use of align technology, Invisalign.

Gone are the days when you only had traditional options for straightening your teeth.

Everyone wants a beautiful smile but a lot of us need help getting there.

A lot of people are having success with orthodontic devices called Aligners such as Invisalign. This article discusses Invisalign, its process, advantages, and cost.

Let us first discuss why you need to have your teeth straightened. 

woman holding invisalign to straighten teeth

 

Why Do You Need Straight Teeth?

Crooked teeth impact our daily life and routine.

They make chewing or biting food difficult and they also affect the way you speak.

You need to have braces or have your teeth straightened.  Most often our teeth look overcrowded or rotated, therefore, they affect our personality.

To straighten out your teeth, you can get orthodontic treatment. The signs that you need dental aligners depend on your age and overall health.

Symptoms that indicate that your aligners are as follows:

  • Teeth the crooked or crowded
  • Difficulty flossing and brush the crowded teeth
  • Frequently biting and cutting your tongue
  • When you rest your mouth, it does not close over each other
  • Stress or fatigue after chewing food

There are some signs when you need to have aligners placed on your teeth however the treatment times vary depending on your oral and dental health concerns.

These are:

You breathe through the mouth and your jaw clicks or makes other sounds when you wake up or chew food

Moreover, poor nutrition during the early stages of life, poor dental hygiene, and genetics sometimes contribute to crowded teeth.

Lel’s discuss invisible aligners now. 

Invisalign

Invisible aligners are known termed as Invisalign (clear aligners). 

Braces are brackets that are connected with wires while aligners are made of plastic and are tailor-made mouthpieces that easily slip over your teeth. 

It uses align technology and helps your teeth to move into a better position.

Your dentist will take a look at your overall dental health, devise a custom treatment plan for you, and will take impressions of your mouth.

Clear aligners are custom-made or tailor-made as mentioned above. They are replaced every one or two weeks after your wear them. 

Your dentist will take this step to move your teeth to a position where you do not have to face malpositions or malocclusion. As our teeth are shifting from one position to a certain position, they make aligners according to it. 

You need to wear aligners for 20 -22 hours/day to see visible results. However, they are easily removable for brushing, flossing, and eating.

Invisalign time period

 

Time Required To Straighten Your Teeth

The treatment times vary depending on how much your teeth need to be moved or rotated.

The more your bite is off, the more crooked your teeth will be and the longer the treatment.

It takes 10 to 24 hours for the treatment to work as determined by your doctor. 

In case you had braces as a child, you will have to wear aligners for at least 10 weeks. 

Some patients may require refinement to their teeth by using braces for a few months.

Invisible aligners are not as precise as traditional braces; therefore, you will need smaller adjustments.

treatment options

 

Treatment Options

Your dentist or orthodontist after a physical examination and taking a dental X-ray will recommend you to get teeth aligners. They might use the iTero element that will show you a precise image of how your teeth will look after the application.

Your dentist will check for various treatment options to re-align your teeth. These options include the location of your teeth, the time required, your bite, etc. 

Let’s discuss the treatment option below. 

Invisalign Full

This treatment focus on your whole mouth. It is used to correct any malocclusion issues from mild to severe.

For example spaces, open bite, crowding, crossbite, and overbite.

Invisalign Lite

This is a short treatment option that treats mild cases of malocclusions. It includes up to 14 aligners. 

Invisalign Express 10

This is an affordable option and less complicated treatment option.

It is a treatment option for mild malocclusions like crowding, spacing and is helpful as a primary treatment for restorative or cosmetic procedures.

It includes up to 10 sets of aligners.

application

 

Application of Invisalign

The application of Invisalign involves the following steps.

Your dentist will take a dental X-ray and photographs for diagnostic purposes. He or she will capture your bite, teeth, and gums using bite registration and polyvinyl siloxane.

For taking bite, gum, and teeth impression, digital scanners are a viable and popular option.

Dental impressions are taken to create a 3-D image of your mouth, teeth, and gums. With changes in technology, your dentist might also use an iTero scanner for elevating clinical precision.

Moreover, iTero allows you to look at the scanner and let you visualize how your teeth will look after the application of aligners. Dental technicians make a program that shows how much tooth extraction is required. 

Aligners move your teeth slowly from 0.25 to 0.33 millimeters. Your dentist might recommend using 6- 40 aligners to align your teeth.

Before the composition of aligners, the designs are shown to you and your dentist for approval and modification. 

The aligners are made of thermoplastic material and they apply pressure to your teeth to move them to the desired position. 

Material is compensated in an area that requires movement. Sometimes your dentist will make attachments for the movement of your teeth. 

You need to wear the aligners for at least 20 hours during the day for one or two weeks.

The treatment takes 13.5 months on average based on the time, as determined by your doctor, and the complexity of the planned teeth movement. You can remove the aligners while brushing, eating, or flossing your teeth.

Post Care

After you get your aligners from your dentist, you need to take care of them.

Follow these instructions,

Try to avoid hot drinks and beverages to protect the shape of your Invisalign.

Also, wear these aligners at night as advised by your dentist.

Moreover, reduce the intake of food and drinks that leaves a stain.

preservation

 

Tips for Preserving Aligners

You can follow some tips to preserve the aligners to avoid any discomfort.

These include: 

Rinse your aligners with cold or lukewarm water after removal.

Moreover, avoid cleaning them with hot water because it can damage and warp the plastic.

You should also brush and floss your teeth before wearing them. Though, you can soak them in a retainer or denture cleaner.

Remember to remove aligners before eating. Use a mild soap to clean them but do not use toothpaste to clean them.

What to Expect During the Treatment?

It will take a few weeks to get used to the aligners.

You might feel sensitivity and discomfort for a few days. after the application, individuals will feel a difference in bite but it is normal.

You might experience ace speech problems for a few days while you have aligners in your mouth.

Post-treatment

Your dentist will recommend you use retainers after the treatment. This helps you to retain the position of your teeth after the removal of Invisalign’s as in some cases your teeth move back to the same position as were before.

Gu, J et al. Evaluation of Invisalign Treatment effectiveness and efficiency compared with conventional fixed appliances using the Peer Assessment Rating index, according to Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop February 2017, 151 259-66 Angle Orthodontist, Vol 84, No 3, 2014.

The retainers are either removable or permanent depending on your preference.

Cost of Invisalign

The cost of Invisalign is typically lower than its metal counterparts because of the material and technology.

The cost of clear aligners rarely depends on factors like duration of the treatment, extent of the issues your dentist needs to address, age of the patient, location of the treatment, etc. 

You can visit our website and clinic for further details on Invisalign treatment cost.

invisalign advantages

 

Advantages of Invisalign

You may want to get Invisalign because of the following advantages:

Visibility

You would like to choose clear aligners as they are not visible. This helps to conceal the fact that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Clear aligners help you to hide visible gaps cracked and crocked teeth.

Many people choose to wear clear aligners because they are a custom treatment plan for an individual, to any color and design. 

Removability

Invisalign can be easily removed as compared to traditional braces.

You can follow your oral and dental hygiene by brushing and flossing easily.

Not only do they provide you the freedom to eat but they allow you to brush your teeth normally.

Health Benefits

Following dental and oral hygiene is often difficult when you have braces.

You can sometimes have calcium deposits on the front teeth following the orthodontic treatment.

These deposits are visible when your dentist removes the braces. To remove these deposits your dentist will perform a cosmetic treatment.

Tradition braces lead to poor hygiene and can cause gum diseases. They can cause gingivitis and if not treated in time, it can lead to lifelong health issues.

You can wear Invisalign because of oral and dental hygiene as you can easily maintain them. They are more efficient when it comes to maintaining oral hygiene.

Impression Less Scanning

Many people opt for Invisalign because of the feature of impression-less scanning.

People feel discomfort while giving traditional impressions while digital scanners make it easier to give dental impressions.

Why Should You Consider Aligners Instead of braces?

Invisalign has many advantages compared to braces.

Some of these advantages are it helps maintain oral and dental hygiene, visibility, etc.

You can choose Invisalign instead of metal aligners due to various reasons as you can easily remove them and you can brush and floss your teeth regularly.

Get the Most out of your Clear Aligners: 

Wear your aligners for the prescribed period of time to make the most out of your investment.

Maintain good oral and dental health and keep your mouth clean during the whole procedure.

Moreover, wear your retainers as instructed by your dentist to help you keep your teeth in their new position.

invisalign success

 

Conclusion

Clear aligners are great alternatives to metal and wired orthodontic treatments. There are a number of reasons why you want aligners from being invisible to being easily removable.

With Invisalign, you can easily maintain oral and dental health as they are removable and you can easily brush and floss your teeth.

Invisalign are made of plastic therefore, you need to take care of them. Avoid drinking hot beverages and drinks during the treatment as it can reshape the aligners.

Your treatment may require 10 to 24 weeks depending on the position of your teeth, your bite, and crowding.