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 transparent acrylic resin so that they do not become too obvious while worn.
What are the Steps Involved in Orthodontic Treatment with Invisalign?
Before your dentist or orthodontist starts your treatment, a thorough dental examination is performed, in addition to evaluating your study models and x-rays and previous Ortho treatments (if any). This is done in order to ascertain whether the patient is a suitable candidate for this special Invisalign treatment, or not and to devise a comprehensive treatment plan for the patient. Next, the in our Thournhill dentist office we take a precise 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 4-6 weeks, until the desired results have been achieved. After that, the patients are provided with fixed retainers to prevent the lapse of treatment.
Is The Invisalign Treatment Painful?
While the metallic braces can cause significant pressure and discomfort during the course of orthodontic treatment, the Invisalign clear aligners can be a lot less painful. 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 a new aligner.
How Long Will the Orthodontic Treatment Take?
The duration of treatment with Invisalign usually depends upon the initial condition, However, an average case may take around 12-14 months for completion. The treatment duration can also vary according to the age of the patient.
How many hours per day should I wear the braces?
For the best results, patients should wear their aligners for at least 18-22 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 you 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.
How Can I Clean My Clear Braces?
The best way to clean your aligners is to use the cleaning system available at the Invisalign store. Alternatively, you can use brush or rinse your aligners with lukewarm water. Never use hot or boiling water, as it can damage the shape and fit of the aligners.
I Have Cracked My Aligners?
Aligners that have been cracked are unable to provide sufficient forces to cause tooth movement. Therefore, you should immediately get your aligners replaced to prevent any lapse in the treatment process. Each aligner has a sequence number assigned and with providing that number you can order a new brace for the cracked one to be replaced.
What Happens After the Completion of Treatment?
In order to prevent the reversal of the teeth move, your dentist will provide you with a suitable retainer after the treatment process has been completed. The type of retainers used by the dentist for treatment will determine the type of retainer.
What will be The Cost of Invisalign in Toronto?
The cost of Invisalign orthodontic treatment depends upon various factors, most important among them being the severity of the condition. The treatments are mostly divided in 2 major category, Express and Complete. While Express is falling in the range of $1,800 – $2,400 the complete adult treatment ranges between $5,000 – $6,000.
For more information about the Invisalign call us at 905-597-1518 and book appointment for your free Invisalign consultation in our Thornhill, Markham office