Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that has revolutionised the way people straighten their teeth. By understanding how Invisalign works, patients can make informed decisions about their orthodontic treatment and know what to expect in terms of length of treatment, results, and what is required of them during the treatment process. Knowing how Invisalign works can help put patients at ease and give them confidence in their decision to choose this form of orthodontic treatment. In this blog, we will explain how Invisalign works and why it is a popular alternative to traditional braces.
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What Do Invisalign Do?
Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth using clear, removable aligners instead of metal braces. The aligners are custom-made for each patient and are worn for about 20 to 22 hours per day. Over time, the aligners gradually move teeth into the desired position.
Invisalign is not just a cosmetic treatment, it is also an effective solution for a range of orthodontic problems, including:
- Crowded teeth
- Open bite
- Gapped teeth
It’s important to note that not all orthodontic issues can be treated with Invisalign, and some patients may be better suited for traditional metal braces or other orthodontic treatments. An orthodontist can evaluate your specific needs and recommend the best course of treatment for you.
Step-by-step process of Invisalign
- The Invisalign process starts with a consultation with an orthodontist. During this visit, the orthodontist will examine your teeth and bite to determine if Invisalign is the right treatment option for you. If Invisalign is deemed appropriate, the orthodontist will take digital scans or impressions of your teeth to create a 3D model. This model will be used to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs.
- Once the treatment plan is created, Invisalign uses advanced computer technology to design a series of custom-made aligners. The aligners are made from a clear, medical-grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn. Each aligner is worn for approximately two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series.
- As you progress through the series of aligners, your teeth will gradually shift into their desired position. The aligners apply gentle, constant pressure to your teeth, which encourages them to move. The pressure from the aligners is not painful, and most people report that they can hardly feel them.
Why Invisalign Is Worth It
✅ One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign is that it is a nearly invisible orthodontic treatment. Unlike traditional metal braces, clear plastic aligners are difficult to detect, even up close. This makes Invisalign a great option for people who are self-conscious about their appearance and do not want the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces to be visible.
✅ Invisalign is also a convenient orthodontic treatment. The clear plastic aligners are removable, which means that you can take them out to eat, brush, and floss. This makes it much easier to maintain good oral hygiene compared to traditional braces. Additionally, there are no metal brackets or wires to clean, which reduces the amount of time and effort required to maintain your orthodontic treatment.
✅ Another benefit of Invisalign is that it is often more comfortable than traditional braces. The clear plastic aligners are smooth and do not have any sharp edges or protruding wires that can cause irritation or discomfort. Additionally, the aligners are custom-made to fit your teeth, which helps to reduce any pressure or discomfort.
✅ Invisalign is also a faster orthodontic treatment compared to traditional braces. The average treatment time with Invisalign is 9-15 months, which is significantly shorter than the average treatment time of 2-3 years for traditional braces. However, the exact treatment time will vary depending on the severity of your dental issues and your commitment to wearing the aligners as directed by your orthodontist.
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