How Invisalign Works
Dublin Dentist, Dr. As-Sanie has been helping patients achieve beautiful smiles for years. People always ask her how do they achieve those perfectly straight teeth as an adult without having to wear braces. The fact is, Invisalign is more convenient for many reasons. Teeth aligners are becoming the more popular option over traditional metal braces because orthodontic treatment is carried out in a really discreet manner – nobody really has to know you’re getting your teeth fixed.
Invisalign works very similarly to metal braces except for the fact that it’s virtually invisible and removable. It fixes the same issues that traditional braces do. The aligner trays for Invisalign put pressure on teeth in the same way that metal brackets, wires, and elastics do so that teeth can move to their proper places.
The Invisalign Evaluation Process
The first step in the process is to talk with your dentist about the possibility of Invisalign treatment. At this point your Dublin, OH Dentist will take X-rays. Once you have decided to move forward with the treatment she will order impressions of your teeth to create an accurate 3D image.
From these images, we determine the appropriate plans for treatment. As effective as Invisalign is, there are conditions that we must consider in order to determine if it’s the most practical treatment to use for patients. Typically, for really severe and complex alignment issues, we lean toward other treatments. This is not because Invisalign wouldn’t work, but more because treatment may be completed faster with other options.
Once we make the determination that Invisalign treatment is the right solution for you,(especially if you have no bridgework and bite issues with your back teeth), and verify that it remains to be your preferred orthodontic treatment, we create a precise treatment plan. The treatment plan covers the exact movements of the teeth as well as the approximate duration or length of treatment.
Following all that is the virtual representation of the different stages of treatment. This will help you understand how the treatment will progress so you can properly anticipate the changes that will take place during every stage of the treatment.
The aligner trays will then be prepared; this usually takes several weeks, but the moment they’re ready, actual treatment will officially commence for you. Changing trays is done every two weeks.
Ensuring the Effectiveness of Invisalign
Since Invisalign aligners are removable, you have the liberty to take them off as you wish. However, if you want this form of orthodontic treatment to work properly, you need to follow the treatment plan created for you. According to Dr. As-sanie, Invisalign should be worn for at least 20 hours a day. You’re only supposed to remove them during meals and when you need to clean the aligners before putting them back on.
If you have more questions about Invisalign, we will be more than happy to answer them for you. Contact us today and schedule an appointment for a consultation or to receive the dental care you need.