Invisalign has changed the face of orthodontics and offers patients the opportunity to have their dental alignment and bite issues addressed without the need for conventional braces.
What is Invisalign and how does it work?
Invisalign is a unique treatment program that involves the use of clear plastic aligners instead of the visible wires, brackets, and bands that are used in conventional braces. These aligners, which are custom-designed specifically for each patient, are worn over the top of the teeth in a style that is similar to a sports mouthguard. Like braces, these aligners apply gentle, consistent force to the teeth in order to move them into the position needed to resolve bite and alignment problems. However, the entire treatment is far less invasive and far more comfortable and convenient for the patient.
The creation of Invisalign aligners
Invisalign uses cutting-edge, computer-aided technology to design and create a series of aligners needed for each patient. At the start of your treatment, images of your teeth, mouth, and jaw will be taken so that we can assess their current position. The technology will then track the movements needed to bring the teeth and jaw into alignment, so that gaps are closed, and the teeth come together properly when the mouth is closed. These movements are turned into stages of treatment, with an aligner being created for each and every stage. Rather than attending an appointment with your orthodontist to have your brace adjusted every 8 weeks, you will simply move onto wearing the next aligner in the series at the specified time.
Wearing Invisalign aligners
Each aligner must be worn exactly as specified by our team. This includes wearing them for a minimum of 22 hours each day, and they must only be removed for cleaning and eating. They must also be worn in the right order for the treatment to be effective. You won’t need to attend appointments as often as you would if you had braces, but we will still monitor the progress of your treatment with fairly regular appointments.
There are two particularly functional benefits to choosing Invisalign. Firstly, there is no need to compromise on what foods you eat. With conventional braces, certain foods are off-limits regardless of how badly you want them. This includes anything hard, sticky, chewy or that might otherwise damage your brace. Fortunately, Invisalign aligners can be temporarily removed while you eat, giving you the flexibility to enjoy the foods you like the most.
Secondly, it is much easier to clean your teeth, and this means that you can benefit from better oral health. As you have probably guessed, cleaning around brackets, wires and bands can be very difficult and there are invariably areas that become damaged or that aren’t cleaned as well as they could be. This can lead to problems such as damage to your device, decay and periodontal disease. With Invisalign, the aligners can be taken out for you to do a really thorough job of brushing your teeth, giving you better oral health.
Finally, their clear, plastic appearance makes them very discreet. Patients who opt for Invisalign find that they retain a great deal of their natural confidence throughout their treatment.
Issues that Invisalign can be used to treat
Invisalign can be used to move teeth into place, closing gaps in teeth that are spaced too far apart and improving bite problems including overbites, underbites, and crossbites. If you are experiencing problems with the alignment of your teeth and have been referred to an orthodontist, enquire about the possibility of Invisalign. This revolutionary treatment can make it possible for virtually any patient to enjoy straighter, healthier teeth.
To find out more about Invisalign, or to arrange a consultation to discuss your suitability for this procedure, please contact our offices in Arlington, VA today.