Invisalign braces are, in simple terms, near-invisible braces that help reshape your teeth and give you a smile that you will love. Since these braces are almost invisible and unnoticeable, you can continue with your normal lifestyle uninterrupted. Here is a detailed look at how Invisalign works.
How Invisalign works
Mechanism of correction
Invisible braces use aligners made of high grade clear plastic that are customized to meet each patient’s needs and put light pressure on the teeth to align them over a period of 6 months to 1 year.
A dentist first captures computer images of the teeth and studies their alignment and positioning. He/she also takes bite impressions of the teeth. Then, along with the computer images, Invisalign will formulate the proper course of treatment.
A lab will then make a case of aligners for you. A normal case usually requires 18 to 30 aligners. These aligners are made from BPA-free plastic. They are smooth and comfortable, and you need to wear them over your teeth.
You will have to wear each aligner for roughly two weeks before moving on to the next in the case. Your doctor would also check the progress during the switch to a different case of aligners. Each aligner is slightly different from the previous one to shift your teeth into the proper position.
Convenience of use
You can remove the aligners while eating, brushing and flossing. This makes it easy to maintain good oral hygiene and prevents plaque buildup. However, you will have to wear the aligners at least 20 hours daily for desired results, or else your treatment will take longer.
Selecting the right dentist
It is important that you choose the right dentist because you will be interacting with him/her for a long time. Discuss the time and cost factors for the treatment and ask if insurance cover is available for this type of orthodontic treatment. Go to at least two dentists and take a self-assessment test to determine if Invisalign is well suited for you.
Remember to visit your dentist for periodic checkups every six weeks so that he/she can monitor your progress. By the end of your treatment, you will have perfectly aligned teeth, and the best part is that no one will suspect that you wore braces all the while.