A smile is an integral part of your personality and significantly enhances your confidence and well-being. Moreover, in a recent survey, around 60 percent of individuals reported that straight and aligned teeth make them feel more confident and happier.
If you are skeptical about your teeth’s misalignment and positioning, Invisalign treatment is something you should consider. Advancements in the dental and orthodontic field have encouraged a lot of Canadians to opt for teeth correction treatments.Invisalign treatment has gained popularity in the last few years owing to its benefits over conventional braces.
In Invisalign treatment a computer-generated mould is used to align the teeth. After using Invisalign braces (also known as aligners), patients smile more confidently and feel good about themselves.
Let’s understand the different aspects of Invisalign including, how it works, the advantages over traditional braces, ideal candidates for treatment, and more.
How does Invisalign work?
As mentioned before, Invisalign is an advanced orthodontic treatment that corrects the alignment of teeth.
Contrary to how traditional braces use fixed wires to align your teeth, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that are developed from computer-generated images and mouth impressions taken by the dentist. Different moulds are used to correct the positioning of your teeth and improve their alignment.
Advantages of Invisalign over conventional braces
Although both; Invisalign and traditional braces are used to enhance the alignment of your teeth, Invisalign has its own advantages.
Invisalign aligners are produced from see-through BPA-free plastic which makes them virtually invisible. In comparison, traditional braces are made of metal wires and elastic bands which makes braces highly visible, leading to anxiety in some patients. Invisalign allows you to have braces without your peers noticing them.
The aligners can be removed by you at will any time of the day although it is advisable to wear Invisalign trays for 20-22 hours a day. However, traditional braces cannot be removed as they are fixed to the teeth by wires. There is no need to give up certain foods with Invisalign and nor is there a need to worry about food getting stuck in your braces.
3)Length of the treatment
The Invisalign process is comparatively shorter than conventional braces treatment. Patients have to wear aligners for around 6 to 18 months compared to a couple of years in the case of conventional braces. Each Invisalign case can vary from patient t patient depending upon the need.
4)Oral Hygeine: Aligners are very easy to maintain as you can remove them to brush and floss properly. Hence there is no food trapping, and the risk of getting cavities and gum disease is less.
Who is an ideal candidate for an Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment is ideal for any individual who wants to enhance their smile and alignment of their teeth. It is always a good idea to get an expert opinion on what treatment is best for you. Get in touch with our team at Grandview Dental Clinic, with offices in Oshawa & Scarborough for an expert opinion on Invisalign.
In-depth View of the Invisalign Process
Let’s dive in deep to understand the entire process:
The first step is a consultation with one of our highly trained and qualified dental experts. At this stage, your dental experts will have a discussion with you and explain how Invisalign works, and how Invisalign can benefit your smile. After this consultation, you will be aware of the different steps involved and everything you need to know about Invisalign.
Once you decide to go ahead with the treatment, a big x-ray will be taken of your head and teeth, and profile pictures will be taken of your face from different angles so that our team can formulate the best treatment for you.
In some cases, a lateral cephalometric x-ray is taken to get a fair understanding of the relationship between cheekbone and the jaw. This information is vital for dentists to plan the treatment and take the right measures to align your teeth. The final step is to take an impression of the teeth so that the Invisalign aligner can fit the teeth.
3. First fitting
After the preparatory work is complete, you are more likely to experience the first feel of your Invisalign braces. The aligners are developed from the impressions taken and generally feel tight when you first put them on..
Our experts will ask you how you feel and will understand if you are experiencing any discomfort. It is essential to understand that it is natural to feel a bit strange as you are not used to the Invisalign braces. It usually takes around a week to adjust to the feel of aligner trays. If at all you experience pain or discomfort, let your dentist know.
4. Changing and cleaning your Invisalign braces
Depending on what our experts decide, the clear Invisalign aligners are likely to be changed every couple of weeks. However, if the teeth do not move to the desired position, the aligners will remain unchanged for some more time.
New aligners are produced keeping in mind the next “phase” of your teeth moving closer to the intended goal. Also, keep in mind that you do not have to visit our dental clinic every time the aligners need to be changed, you get three different sets of lighter trays each time you visit your dentist, and go back when you are on last tray.
The aligner tray should be thoroughly cleaned in the morning and at night to ensure that plaque does not build up inside them. Keep in mind that if you do not clean the trays, they may begin to smell. Besides, it is essential to wash your trays every time you take them out during the day to keep them clean, fresh, and free from bacteria. One of the best ways to ensure that the aligners are clean is to soak them in dental cleaners that are easily available such as denture cleaning tablets from your local pharmacy.
Although Invisalign treatment is new compared to the traditional braces, it has gained a significant amount of popularity. As they are virtually invisible, it makes individuals less conscious and at the same time enhances their self-confidence. If you are looking for a safe, reliable and effective treatment to align your teeth, Invisalign is ideal for you. Get in touch with our team today to know more or to book an appointment.