Orthodontic treatment is essential to ensure perfectly aligned teeth. Patients with misaligned or 'crooked' teeth often face a lot of difficulties while cleaning them, as the toothbrush bristles do not effectively remove the microbes and food debris. Also, the chances of developing cavities or undergoing a change in jawbone shape are higher for individuals with malocclusion. Hence, dentists recommend getting it treated as soon as possible to avoid complications in the future.
What is Invisalign?
Often referred to as the modern-day orthodontic aligner, Invisalign is a worthy alternative to dental braces. Invisalign is made from a transparent, dental-grade material and looks pretty much like an athletic mouthguard. Patients will have to put the aligners on, and its walls apply pressure on the teeth in a controlled manner, thereby helping them move to their orthodontically right positions.
Why choose Invisalign?
- The most significant advantage of Invisalign is that it stays under disguise when worn, thanks to its transparent nature. Patients can avoid the embarrassment of using dental braces for a prolonged period.
- The aligners are removable, so you can remove them when you have to eat food, brush their teeth, play outdoor games, etc.
- The aligners have shape memory. This feature keeps them in shape during the entire treatment phase and applies uniform pressure on the teeth throughout.
- Patients using Invisalign can eat any food during the course of treatment. This wouldn't be possible in the case of dental braces.
- The aligners can be taken off and cleaned using a cleaning solution. This keeps them free from the food debris and microbes.
- The chances of the soft tissues of your mouth being injured due to the aligners are next to none.
What is the treatment procedure involved?
The dentist will thoroughly diagnose your oral cavity and determine the type and severity of the malocclusion. The data is used to decide your candidacy for Invisalign. Digital scans of the teeth will be taken using highly-advanced, hand-held devices. It will be used to simulate the teeth's movement on a computer screen, which the dentist will use to explain the treatment phases to you. It will be sent to a dental laboratory where the aligners will be fabricated using dental-grade plastic.
During the next appointment, the dentist will give the aligners to you and take you through how they have to be used. Ideally, you should put the aligners on for at least 22 hours every day and take them off only when you have to eat food or brush the teeth. Once every two weeks, the dentist will schedule an appointment for you during which we will check the progress of the treatment and hand you a new set of aligners. Depending on the severity of malocclusion, the therapy usually ranges between a few months to a couple of years.
To have a consultation with our dentists, please schedule an online appointment or call us at (650) 780-9429, and we will be happy to help.