By dentist Dr. Richard Mitchell
Invisalign- What Your Orthodontist Wants You to Know
Written by Dr. Satish Pai, New York
Misaligned teeth cause several oral health problems. Research has shown that crooked teeth, can even lead to a heart disease with time. But it's not too late or difficult to rectify the damage. Orthodontic treatment now is incredibly effective and can be done at all ages. And no, we aren't suggesting a prolonged battle with metal braces. But, we are recommending you to visit your orthodontist to discuss your orthodontic options.
Invisalign, unlike traditional bulky braces, are a set of clear, removable, and manageable aligners. They are a stress-free answer to several alignment problems. These aligners stay in place without any additional adhesive or fastening and are custom designed to fit your particular dental needs. Now, that we have your attention let's delve into more details.
The process begins with a highly detailed 3-D map of your teeth and gums being acquired with the help of advanced imaging software. This map helps in studying the movement of your teeth required to straighten them. With this done early on, you may even be able to preview your revised smile!
Then several different pairs of aligners are manufactured to be worn throughout the course of the treatment. Your aligners keep changing, with each adjustment in the position of your teeth, as planned with the 3-D map.
To understand your misalignment concern, familiarize yourself with the types of bite problems commonly prevalent and successfully rectified by the Invisalign aligners. There are mainly five:
For adults, Invisalign treatment can take up to twelve to eighteen months, while teens usually need about two to three years. But, because the process of Invisalign is highly convenient and effortless, time won't be a disturbance.
Invisalign is intended for most adult and teen patients having common orthodontic bite problems. However, more complicated cases would require extra precise tooth control, which cannot be achieved simply with a removable aligner. Only a professional consultation will help you decide whether Invisalign will be suitable for you or not.
Once you start to wear them regularly, the aligners need time to gradually insert pressure on your teeth and move them into their designated position. To maximize their effectiveness, you will need to wear the aligners for 20-22 hours daily.
Invisalign clear braces are a reliable alternative to metal braces. Here's why:
The only instruction post-treatment, with Invisalign clear aligners, is to wear retainers regularly. Our teeth retain memories of their original positions in our mouths and tend to drift back after orthodontic treatments. Consequently, it becomes essential to wear retainers to maintain their new positions.
Sounds achievable, right? If this article was convincing enough, don't wait for more damage to befall your beautiful smile. Make your way to an uncomplicated yet effective orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear aligners. Schedule an appointment with your orthodontist today.
Dr. Satish Pai – an Ivy League trained dentist and a faculty at Columbia University, believes that a perfect smile not only makes a person look great but feel great while boosting confidence. As the founder of Putnam Orthodontics, he is dedicated to not only creating perfect smiles for his patients but also educating people with his engaging articles about all things related to a perfect smile and oral health. Spending time with his family always brings a smile on his face. In his free time, you can find him golfing, doing yoga or surfing.