Aligners are a series of tight-fitting custom-made trays that slip over the teeth. Invisalign is the largest producer of clear aligners, but it’s not the only brand. Others include Clearpath, K-line.
There are three main reasons why your orthodontist recommends aligners:
Research has shown that the better you feel about your appearance, the better you feel about yourself. You might not realize it, but crooked teeth can cause you to be self-conscious, thus smiling and talking less. Studies have even demonstrated that orthodontic treatments can enhance your career opportunities.
|Removable||Rigid cooperation: wear time 22 hours a day|
|Minimally invasive||Do not work in complicated cases|
|No uncomfortable metal||Lost clear aligners may result in treatment delay and additional replacement costs.|
|Easy to clean||Discomfort or mild pain|
|Suitable to treat adults of all ages||Self-discipline to wear consistently|
Clear aligners do not have the same force and capabilities to move teeth like braces. Therefore, complex orthodontic treatment or cases that require significant movement of teeth cannot be done with Invisalign.
Below are some situations where Invisalign may not work as effectively as braces:
The dentist makes a three-dimensional impressions of your teeth. Then, he sends them to a manufacturer-specific laboratory. The aligners are fabricated in the lab. They’re made from a clear plastic or acrylic material and fit tightly over the teeth, Proprietary, multilayer SmartTrack® material. Clear aligners are provided in sets. The number of aligners will depend on your specific orthodontic problem.
The dentist advises you to wear each new aligner set for a specified amount of time, removing them only to eat, drink, brush and floss.
With each new aligner set, your teeth slowly adjust and gradually realign to your desired smile.
Revision aligners are often requested at the end of the first series of aligners to correct any unfinished detailing.
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The cost of Invisalign® treatment is similar to braces, but that’s where the similarity ends.
The exact cost of your Invisalign treatment will be determined by:
Invisalign provides a cost calculator .
There is generally no age limitation for Invisalign treatment. It is suitable to effectively treat both teenagers and adults of all ages.
For adults, Invisalign treatment, which is a virtually invisible treatment option, may offer the convenience and flexibility to straighten your teeth without worrying about the visibility associated with other treatments.
I have tooth decay/tooth fillings or periodontal problems/gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis). Can I still use Invisalign aligners?
Before receiving any Invisalign treatment, you should have good oral health and ensure that you have addressed any dental problems, including tooth decay and periodontal problems.
I am currently wearing braces. Can I switch to Invisalign treatment?
A number of patients who were initially treated with braces have switched to Invisalign aligners.
My teeth have shifted since I removed my braces. Can I use Invisalign aligners to correct this?
A number of Invisalign patients have previously been treated with braces, often during their youth. Invisalign aligners can usually correct the shifting that occurs after treatment with braces, which is commonly referred to as a relapse. These patients do so without having to go through the inconvenience and social awkwardness of wearing metal braces.
How long do I need before I can change to the next set of aligners?
Follow your doctor’s advice regarding how often to change your aligners. Typically you can change your aligners by yourself every 2 weeks unless your doctor recommends otherwise.
What’s the best way to clean my aligners?
Clean your aligners using a soft toothbrush with water before inserting them into your mouth. Your aligner should be rinsed with water after each cleaning, and it is recommended that you use your aligner cleaning products once a week or as needed.
I am moving to a different country. How can I continue my treatment?
Invisalign treatment is available in more than 100 countries worldwide, and you can transfer your Invisalign treatment to another provider to continue your treatment.
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