What is Invisalign?
You may be considering your options for braces and are asking yourself, “how does Invisalign work?” Continue reading for our complete guide to Invisalign and why you should use this new appliance for your corrective work.
Invisalign is a system of straightening your teeth that works much like braces, but without the permanently attached brackets and wires. This less invasive method features custom-fitted aligners that are made for you to provide a realignment of your teeth over time. You wear these plastic aligner trays over your teeth and allow them to shift your teeth.
About every two weeks, you get a new aligner, which shifts your teeth more and continues the process. You repeat this process until you are done and your teeth have been realigned! The best feature is that they are virtually invisible when you wear them. In some cases, they are not as effective as traditional braces, but modern versions offer more performance and can provide a great alternative to other types of braces.
Who is Invisalign Suited For?
Invisalign is meant for anyone that wants braces without the encumbering brackets and wires and who wants to have the same realignment effects without it being seen. Invisalign is more suited towards adults who want to realign their teeth without it being noticed. Therefore, they are mostly geared towards adults.
Invisalign can be a great option for teens as well since they can benefit in many of the same ways that adults can. Depending on age, Invisalign may be much more appealing than regular braces. However, this treatment method is unavailable for younger children.
To better understand if Invisalign is right for you, we recommend you schedule an evaluation appointment to get started.
The first step is to consult us about your interest in getting Invisalign, from which we can gauge how well it will work for your needs and fit your lifestyle. Please consider that this process will take a lot of time, money, and commitment.
We will work with you to determine how well Invisalign fits your lifestyle and goals, and then develop a treatment plan that will work for you. Your Invisalign process will be planned according to x-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth.
Once you begin treatment, you will be given aligners that you will change every two weeks. It is vital that you wear the aligners consistently throughout the day to ensure that your teeth shift smoothly and fit nicely into the new aligners once two weeks have passed. Over time your teeth will shift without the clunky, obtrusive, and unattractive brackets and wires!
Invisalign is able to treat many cases that traditional braces do. With the introduction of Precision Cuts, they are now compatible with elastics, which allows them to work to fix more severe issues with bites. Therefore, Invisalign’s applications are continually expanding and cover most of the same things that other braces can do.
Invisalign is great for treating gapped teeth, overbite, underbite, open bite, crowding, and crossbite.
Correct Crooked Teeth
Invisalign is a great way to effectively and gradually straighten your teeth. Crooked teeth pose many health issues when left untreated. It can lead to periodontal disease and even premature wear on your enamel. If you develop a periodontal disease it may also increase your risk of cardiovascular disease as well as other illnesses.
This issue is also known as malocclusion and it effects 74% of adults in North America. It can also put a severe amount of pressure on your jaws leading to premature wear as well as tension headaches, earaches, and many other health problems.
Fix Crowding and Overbite
Crowding in your teeth occur when there is a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. If this is left untreated it will only get worse and harder to fix. This can result in severely crooked teeth. Overcrowding can also lead to plaque accumulation, tooth decay, and increase your chances of developing gum disease.
An overbite usually occurs when the upper teeth bite down over the lower teeth. This is typically due to genetics, however, it has also been tied to bad oral habits, or due to overdevelopment of the bone which supports the teeth. This condition can lead to gum problems or irritation, as well as wear on the lower teeth and cause painful jaw and joint problems.
How Often Should the Aligners be Worn?
Invisalign is meant to be worn almost the entire day and is essentially only supposed to be removed for eating and cleaning. On average, you should be wearing your aligners for about 22 hours out of the day. This should be relatively easy since eating and cleaning are both easy as is regular maintenance.
The Invisalign helps make eating, cleaning, playing sports, and maintaining oral hygiene in general extremely easy. Since they are clear and comfortable, you – and everyone else – will barely notice that they’re there.
Depending on your lifestyle, Invisalign may be the perfect fit for your orthodontic treatment. Before deciding, we suggest considering all the types of braces and the costs associated with each to make sure you choose the best option.
In order to help you do that, consider looking at actual results based on what you are trying to achieve. Invisalign has their own page that features actual results of patients.
When considering Invisalign, you want to be able to answer the question, “how does Invisalign work?” Here at Smiles on Yonge Orthodontics, we can help you through the Invisalign process. Schedule an appointment with us and Dr. Rashed would be happy to do a consultation and evaluation with you.