Invisalign is one of the most advanced orthodontic aligners at the moment. It is a removable aligner that is made from transparent plastic material and stays under disguise when worn by the patient. The walls of the aligner apply pressure on the teeth in a controlled manner, thereby helping to move the teeth in the required direction.
Advantages of Invisalign
Invisalign is made from dental-grade plastic material that is absolutely transparent. When you wear it, people who see you talk or smile wouldn’t be able to easily notice it. However, upon close viewing, it would be visible.
Invisalign doesn’t have any metal components such as brackets or wires. Its contour will be designed in such a way that the walls of the aligner apply pressure on the teeth to move them as desired.
Patients undergoing orthodontic treatment usually have to stop eating foods that are hard or sticky as they could damage the aligners. But, in the case of Invisalign, there is no such restriction.
Patients can brush and floss their teeth as they do regularly even while using Invisalign. But, this becomes too difficult when you are using dental braces.
Highly advanced technology is backing Invisalign. With the help of it, dentists can accurately map out the positions of the teeth and even predict how they would move during the treatment procedure. In fact, even before your treatment starts, the dentist can show you a simulated view of how Invisalign moves your teeth and how the teeth would look after the treatment has been completed.
We would scan the teeth using a digital scanning appliance. The data obtained from it will be sent to a computer screen where the dentist analyzes them and determines the severity of the malocclusion. Based on the observations, the dentists draws out a customized treatment plan to bring your teeth to the right alignment.
The data will be sent to a dental laboratory where the aligners will be made from a transparent plastic material. The aligners will be fabricated in several sets based on the number of treatment phases. When you start the treatment, the dentist will hand you the first set of aligners and take you through their usage. The aligners will have to be used for a minimum of 22 hours every day and will only have to be taken off while eating food or brushing the teeth.
When you advance to the next phase of treatment, the dentist hands you a different set of aligners that would vary slightly in shape compared to the previous set. You may feel a bit weird to use them at the beginning due to the change in the contour, but the feeling would wear off in a couple of days. The aligners will be changed once every 2 weeks. The entire treatment procedure may last between a few months to a couple of years depending on the severity of the malocclusion.
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