Invisalign is a popular teeth alignment system for teens and adults. Unlike traditional braces that require bulky brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of clear trays to reposition teeth for a straighter smile.
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About the Procedure
Overcrowded teeth can cause one's smile to look cramped, while gaps can make the teeth appear small. Both conditions can be embarrassing and make an individual self conscious about their smile. Teens and adults alike may postpone fixing their teeth especially if they have already experienced traditional metal braces that are easily noticed and hard to conceal. However, modern orthodontic systems such as lingual braces and clear aligners have made adult braces a more practical solution to crooked smiles. Invisalign is one of the most well-known clear aligner programs that uses a progressive system of trays to gently reposition the teeth into a straighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile. A visit to an orthodontist will be necessary to determine if your dental concerns can be corrected by Invisalign. Patients with more severe issues who also require jaw realignment may better benefit from a more aggressive orthodontic treatment. A 3D scan will be taken of the teeth in order to create a treatment plan. Additional x-rays and images may be taken during your appointment as well. It will take 3-4 weeks to create the first tray. Once the tray arrives, patients will return to the orthodontist's office to ensure proper fit. Trays will be worn for a period of 2 weeks and should only be removed for eating and brushing the teeth. For optimal results, trays should be worn for 20-22 hours daily. Certain Invisalign systems will have a blue indicator dot on the upper back molars that will gradually disappear with wear, easily notifying your provider if you are wearing your Invisalign tray for the required time. After 2 weeks, a new tray will be worn. Trays will be replaced every 2 weeks for the duration of treatment which typically lasts 10-15 months but can be as short as 3 months or as long as 2 years.
The goal of Invisalign is to correct various dental imperfections such as crowding, too much space between teeth, overbite, crossbite, openbite, and overjet.
What to Expect
Invisalign uses a series custom of clear trays to reposition teeth for a straighter smile. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after Invisalign treatment.
- Digital scan to take 3D images of teeth
- Molds and x-rays taken to create unique trays
Trays changed every two weeks until teeth have shifted into their final positions. Aligners are typically worn for at least 20 hours a day, only being removed for eating or brushing the teeth.
Once the Invisalign tray is in place there is typically minimal irritation and discomfort associated with this teeth straightening system. Invisalign trays are designed and cut to not irritate the gums. No recovery time is needed.
The ideal candidates for Invisalign are those whose teeth are in good general health and wish to improve dental imperfections such as mildly crooked teeth, protruding teeth, serious malocclusion, mild overbites, mild underbites, gaps in the teeth, overcrowding of teeth, open bites, crossbites and overjets.
Not Recommended For
Invisalign is not recommended for children as their mouths are still growing and generally do not have the dedication to finish the program. Patients with severe orthodontic issues are not candidates if the jaw needs to be shifted.
Invisalign trays are typically well tolerated however side effects may include impediments or hindrance to proper and comfortable speech. Patients may also experience excessive saliva and drooling, bad breath, or dry mouth.