Invisalignis an efficient system for closing teeth gaps and straightening crooked teeth that functions instead of the more traditional metal-wire braces. The system is practically unnoticeable and utilizes the latest in three-dimensional modeling and computerized technology to create a series of see-through braces, or aligners. This has led to Invisalign to be dubbed the ’’Invisible braces’’.
Invisalignis considered more comfortable than traditional metal braces due to the fact it causes little or no irritation or gum and soft tissue inflammation. The fact Invisalign aligners are removed during meals is one of their major advantages, along with the ability to take the aligners out during dental hygiene such as flossing and brushing your teeth. The Invisalign aligners are practically invisible to anyone not standing very near the user, and most Invisalign-certified dentists offer free initial consultation in which they provide all the required estimates on likely treatment time and estimated costs. Invisalign does not function in case of severe orthodontic cases such as when teeth extraction is required, but functions in most cases of crooked teeth problems such as overbites, under-bites, crowding, cross-bites and gaps between the teeth. The dentist will accordingly judge the patients suitability for Invisalign.
Invisalignaligners must be worn 22 hours a day, with removal during meals and dental hygiene. Aligners must be changed every two weeks, and progress checks with the dentist or orthodontist are compulsory. The full treatment lasts anywhere from six to eighteen months.
The process begins with initial consultation with an Invisalign dentist, and an impression of the patient’s teeth using dental putty, as well as photographs of the patient's smile. After this, a 3D digital model of the teeth in question is created by utilizing a CT scanner, and the model is then used to make a simulation of the desired teeth movements, from current to desired position. The aligners are then custom-made, on a bi-weekly basis, based on the simulation. Both the aligners and the 3D simulation are sent to the patient’s dentist so that the progress of teeth movement can be easily monitored, by both the dentist and thepatient.
Thealigners must be worn for 20 hours a day minimum, with the success of the treatment based on the patient's dedication and compliance to the dentist's instructions. Regular checkups are critical to monitor if the treatment is working as planned.