What is Invisalign; Treatment and Alternatives
We all love a good smile. However, that requires perfectly aligned teeth too.
If you are cautious about your teeth, you may want to straighten them.
You may think of braces but it is not the only option.
Invisalign are clear aligners that are fitted for your teeth.
You can avoid the metal braces by getting Invisalign treatment.
This article discusses the Invisalign treatment cost, procedure, and alternatives so that you can have a pearly white beautiful smile.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign are aligners that straighten your teeth without being visible.
These are clear plastic aligners that are made specifically according to your mouth.
They put pressure on certain parts of the teeth to gradually move them into alignment or a better position.
Moreover, Invisalign treatment comes with Smartforce Technology.
This technology makes custom made removable aligners that are fit to the molds of your teeth.
The best part of Invisalign’s clear aligners is that they do not interrupt your lifestyle.
Since they are invisible, they will gradually straighten your teeth without being noticed.
Furthermore, they are not as painful as braces either.
You will have to devise a plan with your dentist for Invisalign treatment.
Other brands produce clear aligners as well but Invisalign is the largest producer.
Invisalign Treatment Procedure
Not everyone requires Invisalign.
You may want to avoid metal braces but only your doctor can decide what you will actually need.
For instance, Invisalign is more suited to teens or adults rather than children.
This is due to mouth growth and development in children.Therefore, aligning their teeth is tougher.
However, your doctor deserves to decide if you require Invisalign even if you are an adult.
You should check with your doctor if they have experience using aligners.
They will use aligners on you if you have moderate crowding in your mouth and spacing between teeth.
Though, they may not use it on people with extreme crowding and spacing.
Then, you will require some other treatment, probably more complex to align your teeth.
Therefore, prepare your visit to your dentist and let them evaluate if you will require Invisalign.
Your doctor will check for crowding in your mouth.
Moreover, they will check spacing, overbites, underbites plus crossbites, and your overall oral health.
They will carry out a 3D scan using a dental X-ray to look to examine your teeth in detail.
This will help the dentist to prepare a treatment plan and strategy based on the alignment of your teeth.
You get a unique pair of aligners custom fit for the moulds of your mouth.
You need to wear these aligner trays in three to four sets at one time.
These will be replaced within one or two weeks intervals.
Each time, the alignment will change and so will the aligners.
You need to wear these aligners regularly for about 20 to 22 hours per day.
You will ensure effective treatment only if keep them regularly on your mouth.
Otherwise, this expensive treatment plan will become useless.
We are placing special emphasis on keeping them on because aligners are easily removable.
You can remove aligners to eat, brush, while flossing or if you want to for some special occasion.
Therefore, you need to make sure that you are wearing your aligners for at least 20 hours a day.
Do not let this expensive treatment go to ruin and wear Invisalign regularly.
How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Last?
Well, that depends on the condition of your teeth.
You may require a longer treatment if you have more spacing and crooked teeth.
Ideally, treatment will require up to 10 to 24 months.
Though there can be exceptions.
If you ever got braces as a child and now because of not wearing retainers are facing an issue in alignment again, then you may require to wear Invisalign for a short period of 10 weeks.
That said, you may be confused if Invisalign is similar to retainers.
The simple answer to that is, No!
Invisalign are aligners, they move your teeth to bring them in place.
However, retainers are usually applied after getting a braces treatment.
Their purpose is to keep the teeth in position.
Retainers are also applied for long hours for about a year but they do not move your teeth rather stop them from changing the corrected position.
The cost will defer across dentists.
However, they can be a little more expensive than braces.
You can get Invisalign for around 10, 000 AED to 20, 000 AED in the United Arab Emirates.
Contact us to know about Invisalign treatments at Al Qudrah Medical Center.
What Do You Need To Know About Invisalign?
Now you know about what is Invisalign and its procedure.
However, you may still be curious about a few things.
These include if Invisalign treatment is painful or if you can drink tea and coffee with Invisalign?
Keep reading to have all your queries answered.
Invisalign is Painless
No pain no gain does not apply here.
Gone are the days when metal braces would hurt at every dentist visit.
Invisalign does not hurt at all and is not uncomfortable.
In fact, since they are removable you can even take them off easily for special occasions.
That said, you need to note the time and make up for it the next day.
After all, you should at least wear them for 20 to 22 hours a day.
You Should Not Consume Colored Drinks
You may be a Coke or coffee addict but you will have to put these aside.
Colored drinks and foods can stay between the gaps in teeth and aligners.
Hence, they stain your teeth.
Therefore, you cannot consume them while wearing your aligners.
However, you can consume them after taking them off.
Though, colorless liquids are not an issue.
Thus, you can drink water while wearing your Invisalign.
Your Doctor Will Also Use Rubber Bands
This may sound strange but wearing elastics is a part of the treatment.
These rubber bands are placed in the top and bottom of the teeth.
Apart from aligners, these also help to align your teeth.
Moreover, just like the aligners, you will wear them regularly except for when brushing and eating.
You Will Get 3D Scans Every Time You Finish a Set of Invisalign
After you finish a set, your teeth will be examined again using itero element or other devices for 3d digital scans.
Then you will get a new set of aligners to push your teeth in the correct position.
A person will usually require three to four sets of aligners during their treatment.
Your aligners are changed when the teeth do not move in the desired manner.
Therefore, they need to be refined with a new customized set.
You Will Require Retainers After Invisalign
Aligners help move your teeth in the correct position, retainers help retain that position.
Therefore, retainers are an essential part of Invisalign treatment.
You will have to wear retainers once your aligners are removed.
Why are retainers necessary?
Well, that’s because our teeth function in an interesting way.
Whenever an applied force is no longer used, the memories in your ligaments will try to bring them back to their original position.
Therefore, you will require an external force to keep them in position.
The retainers provide that passive force.
There are fixed retainers and removable retainers. Consult your dentist about the right choice.
You Will Feel Your Teeth Loosening
Are your teeth going to fall out? Not at all.
You will feel your teeth loosening up a bit however, don’t worry they will neither fall nor weaken.
This much looseness is okay as your teeth are moving and it is just a feeling.
However, during this movement, you will notice some spaces.
Food usually gets stuck during these spaces.
You can easily remove them by flossing.
Take out your aligners and floss between the spaces properly to remove any stuck food pieces.
Alternatives to Invisalign
Invisalign are not the only aligners available in the market.
ClearCorrect and Smile Direct Club are other aligners that work the same way as Invisalign.
There is also the option of traditional and Lingual braces if you want to go for braces.
Your doctor will decide if you need Invisalign or traditional braces.
However, there is also an option of Lingual braces.
These are metal braces but are installed not at the front but at the back of your teeth.
Therefore, if you do not want your teeth to show any sign of ongoing treatment, you can choose lingual braces.
Moreover, if you care about your appearance then you can use them over traditional braces.
In fact, they are also cheaper.
Compared to Invisalign, braces are on your teeth 24/7.
Braces are unremovable and you need to wear them all while eating and brushing.
Whereas you can remove aligners and limit your use to 20 to 22 hours a day.
You will also have to clean your aligners twice a day just like you clean your teeth.
Both these treatments will require frequent visits to the dentist and retainers after removal.
However, you should go for braces if you require complex treatment and Invisalign if you have mild dental issues.
Invisalign can also keep your dental treatments discreet.
Alongside lingual braces, they can help keep your appearance the same.
ClearCorrect and Smile Direct Club are other aligners available in the market.
They more or less function in a similar manner to Invisalign.
ClearCorrect aligners are a direct competition to Invisalign therefore, it has a similar procedure.
However, ClearCorrect maybe a little cheaper.
Henceforth, you should talk to your doctor about the best aligners.
Smile Direct Club approaches aligners differently.
They eliminate the need for a dentist by asking you to send a mold of your teeth.
Then you receive the aligners in your mail.
You will require at least 6 months of treatment however, you will not have to go to the dentist.
This treatment is also comparatively cheaper.
That said, you can only use these aligners if you mild issues.
Otherwise, you should get proper aligners from a dentist.
Your smile is one of your most integral features.
Therefore, it is considered precious.
Invisalign helps you to be confident while you smile.
Simple realignment and repositioning of teeth can do wonders for your self-esteem and confidence.
So do not wait for it and pay a visit to your doctor soon.