Almost Invisible Orthodontic Treatment with Invisalign
The Role of Invisalign in Oral Health
Invisalign is a form of clear aligners, which are transparent orthodontic devices used to realign your teeth. The goal is the same as traditional retainers: to improve your bite and long-term gum health. With Invisalign, you are still able to get the beautiful smile you desire without the use of traditional braces.
Invisalign can treat conditions including crowded teeth, overbite, underbite, crossbite, gap teeth, and open bite. It can work on baby and permanent teeth and can also generally help you achieve straighter teeth overall.
The Invisalign Process
Getting Invisalign at Brocks Gap Orthodontics is a simple process. It begins with a 3D image of your teeth. From there, using computer modeling, we can tweak each tooth digitally, allowing you to see what your smile will look like before you even get started.
Once we decide upon your finalized digital plan, your molds are made. The aligners are made of a proprietary SmartTrack material that allows for more predictable, controlled tooth movements than that of other clear aligners. When your custom aligners are received, we then trim the gum line section to make them fit even more perfectly, since everyone’s gum line is a bit different.
The Invisalign Treatment
The treatment itself involves a series of aligners that are switched out, on average, every two weeks until treatment is completed. Each aligner helps to gradually shift your teeth into the desired place. We can always adjust the plan if your teeth are moving faster or slower than expected.
At some times during your treatment, you may receive what are known as “attachments”. Attachments are small, hardly noticeable, tooth-colored shapes that are attached to your teeth to give the aligners something to push on. This is part of what helps make complex tooth movements possible without the use of braces. Not everyone who uses Invisalign will need attachments.
During your Invisalign treatment, your mouth might be a little sore at times. This is perfectly normal and should lessen with time. Please feel free to talk to your dentist about any discomfort.
Living with Invisalign
There are clear benefits to using Invisalign. With Invisalign, there is no metal, no wires, and you don’t have to worry about cleaning around any metal in your mouth. You simply remove the Invisalign when you need to, so you don’t have to worry about food getting stuck in brackets or wires.
You can even eat sticky and hard candies if you’d like, but be sure to properly clean your teeth afterward as you normally would. It is important to take out the aligners when eating and to floss and brush before putting them back to make sure you don’t trap any leftover food particles between the aligner and your teeth.
Lastly, you shouldn’t worry too much about Invisalign impacting your speech. While you may notice some differences at first, if you pay attention to your speech—particularly on the first day or so—you should be used to it in little time.
Invisalign is a great alternative to braces, and in most cases, people won’t even notice that you’re using them.
The goal of retention is to keep your teeth in proper alignment. If you don’t wear your retainer, you risk your teeth shifting back to their previous, pre-treatment positions.
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