Invisalign is a newer technique for straightening your teeth with the help of virtually invisible clear aligners. Unlike the metallic traditional braces, we use Invisalign which is made up of a clear or transparent acrylic resin so that they do not become too obvious while the wearer opens his or her mouth for speaking or eating.What are the Steps Involved in Orthodontic Treatment with Invisalign?
Before your dentist or orthodontist starts your treatment, a thorough dental examination of the patient is performed, in addition to evaluating their study models and x-rays. This is done in order to ascertain whether the patient is a suitable candidate for this special Invisalign treatment, and to devise a comprehensive treatment plan for the patient. Next, the in our Thournhill dentist office we take a digital 3D impression of your teeth, which is then sent to the dental laboratory, where customized clear aligners are prepared for you. The shape and design of the aligners (AKA Invisalign) is adjusted with the help of software, such that the aligners exert controlled forces onto your teeth, and cause them to move and attain a more straightened and aligned position. Patients get new aligners after every two weeks, until the desired results have been achieved. After that, the patients are provided with retainers to prevent the lapse of treatment.Is The Invisalign Treatment Painful?
While the metallic braces can cause significant pain and discomfort during the course of orthodontic treatment, the Invisalign clear aligners do so without causing any pain. However, since controlled amount of forces are being exerted onto the teeth, patients can feel a slight sensation of pressure, which usually goes away after 2-3 days of wearing an aligner.
How Long Will the Orthodontic Treatment Take?
The duration of treatment with our Invisalign usually depends upon the severity of the condition. However, an average case may take around 12 months for completion in case of adults. The treatment duration can also vary according to the age of the patient.How Many Hours per Day Should I Wear The Invisalign (Clear Braces) ?
For best results, patients should wear their aligners for at least 22 hours in a day. However, they should be removed while eating, and for cleaning purposes. In addition, patients can also wear them while sleeping, but should remember to clean them in the morning.
Will the Aligners Affect My Speech?
When your wear your aligners for the first time, you may have a lisp for a few days. However, your tongue quickly gets used to the presence of the aligners, and adopts itself accordingly, thereby creating a minimal effect on your speech.Are There Any Restriction As to What I Can Eat During the Course of Treatment?
Unlike the traditional metallic braces and other orthodontic appliances, you can eat anything you like, while you are undergoing an orthodontic treatment with Invisalign. However, patients must remove their aligners while they eat, and after they have finished eating, put them back on after brushing their teeth, or at least rinsing their mouths.