Invisalign used clear plastic trays to gradually move your teeth in their desired position. Whether your teeth are crooked, clumped together, or too far apart, Invisalign can help you get the smile you want.
Benefits of using Invisalign
Although it may seem that Invisalign is purely to improve the aesthetics, that is not the case. Crooked and uneven teeth are also harder to keep clean as food can get stuck in the crevices. These places can be hard to reach with a toothbrush or even elude flossing. Cavities may then form and lead to damage and decay.
Additionally, a more confident smile can support you in improving your social and professional life. Invisalign has also proven to be more comfortable than traditional braces and offer corrective solutions with more predictability.
Since Invisalign is made from clear proprietary plastic, it causes fewer issues for the gums, teeth, and cheeks. Invisalign can be used to fix crowded teeth, overbite, and underbite.
How to get Invisalign
The first step is to determine if it is the right fit for you. Although Invisalign is relatively versatile - there are more than just clinical considerations that need to be factored in. The patient needs to be able and willing to keep the plastic tray in their mouth for 20-22 hours every day. While it is easy to remove the tray for the purpose of eating, brushing, or special occasions, the best results are achieved by following the mentioned guidelines.
Multiple aligners need replacing every 7 to 14 days. It is also important to note that every tray is slightly different and would not feel the same. That said, it should not be uncomfortable or painful. If there is any discomfort or pain, you should call us immediately.
Invisalign Treatment Process
If you are cleared for Invisalign by your orthodontist, they will create a treatment plan for you. A comprehensive check of your teeth will be done through X-rays, photographs, and impressions. This is done to ensure the high accuracy and efficiency of the treatment.
A 3-dimensional render will be created in a computer model to predict the movement of the teeth to the desired position. It can take up to a month to get trays from Invisalign.
Each aligner tray is different. They are meant to be worn and used in a specific order. It is important to adhere to the guidelines set by your dentist for the best results. If anything feels uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your concerns. Our team is here to ensure that you have the best experience with Invisalign.
Some adjustments to your teeth may still be required after using the last tray for two weeks. While this is not uncommon, it is a good idea to discuss the adjustments with your dentist.
Once the Invisalign procedure is complete, you will need retainers to keep the teeth in place. Retainers are essential in the months immediately after the treatment, but your dentist may suggest prolonged use depending on your circumstances.
Duration of the Invisalign Procedure
Since the Invisalign procedure is highly flexible, there is no standard timeline. However, most adults complete the procedure in 12 months. Depending on your unique oral circumstances, the timeframe may be shorter or longer. Your goals from the Invisalign treatment might also be different from others.
For a limited time, we are offering all patients access to a FREE Invisalign consultation. To book an appointment in our new Geelong office, call us on 5292 2067 today!