Invisible Braces…. Invisalign
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a new way to straighten teeth without the need of metals or wires. Invisalign combines 21st century technology and revolutionary manufacturing that produce a customized series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth.
Does Invisalign really work?
Yes. Clinical researches have proven that Invisalign is effective at straightening teeth. Over 400,000 patients are treated or are in treatment by dentist/ orthodontic practices around the world with over 36,000 dental practitioners have been trained on how to use Invisalign.
Does Invisalign work as well as normal braces?
In most cases, Invisalign are proven to be as effective at teeth straightening compared to the traditional braces. In some severe cases, Invisalign may be used together with another straightening technique. Your orthodontist will evaluate and recommend the best possible treatment for you.
How does Invisalign work?
A series of custom-made "aligners" are produced with the help of 3-D computer imaging, which depicts the complete treatment plan from the initial position to the final desired position. Each aligner is worn for 2 weeks which helps move teeth incrementally and is replaced by the next aligner until the final position is achieved.
What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?
With Invisalign, there are 4 primary benefits:
- You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing due to it's nearly invisible aligners
- Aligners are removable, therefore you can eat normally and at the same time, brush and floss your teeth to maintain oral hygiene.
- With no metal brakets / wires in your mouth, there will be less irritation and lesser visits to the dentist to get adjustments.
- Invisalign allows you to preview how your straight teeth will look even before you start treatment.
What are aligners made of?
Aligners are made of clear, strong, medical grade, non-toxic plastic that is virtually invisible when worn
How long will treatment take?
Depending on the severity of individual cases, treatment may vary from 6 months to 2 years with an average treatment lasts around 12 - 14 months.
How does Invisalign effectively move teeth?
With controlled force set on the teeth, Invisalign aligner is able to move teeth through the appropriate placement. The main difference is that Invisalign also controls the timing of the force application. At certain stage, only specific teeth are allowed to move, and these application are determined by the orthodontic treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system.
How do I know if I am a candidate for Invisalign?
Your Invisalign-accredited orthodontist will determine if Invisalign is a suitable treatment for you
What conditions would make me unsuitable for Invisalign?
Three types of tooth movements have been found to be less predictably achieved with Invisalign alone, :
- Complex extrusions
- Severe derotations of cylindrical teeth
- Closure of large spaces usually associated with extraction of teeth other than lower incisors.
What is the minimum age that Invisalign can treat?
Almost everyone over the age of 14 are eligible for the Invisalign treatment as long as their second (12 year old) molars are fully erupted.
I am currently wearing braces – can I make the switch to the Invisalign?
Some form of combination of braces and Invisalign are being used on many patients, however you should consult your orthodontist to evaluate and suggest the best possible treatment for you.
Does Invisalign work on overbites (overjets) and how?
Yes, Invisalign can correct mild to moderate overbites. The aligners create a force on the front teeth causing them to intrude, thus correcting the overbite.
Are crowns a factor in Invisalign treatment?
Crowns are usually not a factor in Invisalign treatment. However small composites call attachments are sometimes bonded onto teeth to help achieve certain movements. In these cases the location of crowns must be carefully evaluated.
Can Invisalign close gaps in my teeth?
Yes, Invisalign can close spaces between teeth easily, however the lozation and size of spaces will need to be evaluated.
Will the treatment be painful?
In the early of each stages of treatment, most people experience temporary, minor discomfort. This is normal and is typically described as a felling of pressure when the Invisalign aligners are sequentially moving your teeth to their final destination. This discomfort normally goes away a couple of days after you insert the new aligner in the series.