A Complete Guide to Invisalign

A Complete Guide to Invisalign
24 Sep 2019

Invisalign is a virtually invisible, non-invasive orthodontic treatment that uses a series of custom-made, clear plastic aligners to gradually and discreetly straighten your teeth to their ideal position.

Invisalign treatment is carried out slowly, over a period of between 12 and 18 months, in a controlled manner using a series of aligners that are changed every two weeks. The process gradually moves your teeth into the correct position to give you an amazing smile characterized by straight teeth, a proper centre line, and a good bite. Here’s what to expect during your visit:

How does Invisalign compare to braces?

Traditional metal braces are still a common option for some people. But thanks to modern advancements in dentistry and orthodontics, Invisalign braces in Guelph eliminate the guesswork associated with braces. With the Invisalign 3D planning tool, our dentist can design perfect smiles with the ideal alignment before treatment begins.

Other benefits of Invisalign over braces include:

  • Discreet smile improvement. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, such that most people hardly notice when you’re wearing them.
  • Removable. The aligners need only be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day. You can remove them when eating, brushing, and flossing your teeth, or when playing sports or musical instruments.
  • Comfortable. Compared to traditional braces, aligners don’t have metal brackets and wires that irritate your mouth, or even prevent you from participating in sports.
  • Easy to maintain proper oral hygiene. You can clean the aligners thoroughly after brushing and flossing your teeth for optimal oral health.
  • Simple and convenient procedures. Since you receive a set of three or four aligners at a time, your appointments are spread out between three and six weeks. Moreover, the sessions are quite brief to check the progress of your treatment and collect the next set of aligners.
  • Smile all through your treatment. With Invisalign braces, you can be yourself and smile normally without hiding your mouth or teeth while undergoing your orthodontic treatment.

These benefits collectively minimize the disruption to your normal lifestyle during the course of treatment.

The Treatment Process

Step 1: Initial consultation

At your initial consultation, our dentist will examine your teeth and mouth and discuss any issues that you have with your smile. The dentist will also assess your suitability for Invisalign treatment, and take impressions of your teeth, photos, and X-rays to design your custom Invisalign treatment plan.

Step 2: Preview your smile

Using the impressions taken above, our Invisalign provider will create a customized 3D treatment plan. This is a blueprint of how the clear aligners will move your teeth to the desired position. This will allow you to see your expected final smile design and also estimate the likely length of your treatment before your treatment commences.

Step 3: Teeth straightening process

And move them gradually, as indicated in your treatment plan. Our dentist will give you three to four sets of aligners at a time to reduce the frequency of dental appointments for a checkup in the course of treatment. Each set of aligners should be worn for 1-2 weeks before moving on to the next set in the series. This means you need to schedule your follow-up visits every three to six weeks in order to receive your next batch of aligners as well.

Living with Invisalign Aligners

Invisalign treatment is more comfortable and convenient compared to traditional braces. One similarity, though, is that the duration of orthodontic treatment depends on the complexity of your case and can only be determined by your Invisalign specialist. That said, most treatments take between 12 and 18 months.

Some patients report experiencing temporary discomfort at the beginning of each new stage of treatment as they change aligners. This is normal, as the next set of aligners exerts more pressure than the previous one, but the discomfort should go away in a couple of days.

There’s also no need to be concerned about the aligners coming off as you sleep. Since they’re custom-made for your teeth, each set of aligners fits securely on your teeth to apply steady pressure to move them gradually. So they won’t come off.

At the end of your treatment, our Invisalign provider will provide you with retainers that you will wear every night to help maintain your teeth in their new position. You can choose to use either removable aligners that resemble the clear aligners, or bonded retainers that are glued to the back of your teeth.

Finding the Right Invisalign Specialist

Providing and fitting Invisalign braces to correct these problems is a skill and craft. While some may claim that you’re not a suitable candidate, that may not necessarily be the case. They might only be discouraging it because they prefer other treatment methods that they have more experience in. So it’s important to ask the right questions to ensure you find the right Invisalign specialist.

The cost of any orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign, depends on individual factors, the complexity of your custom treatment, and the treatment plan. At Guelph family dentistry, we provide a very comfortable financing plan that is suitable for almost everyone.

Am I a candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign braces provide a great option to correct a wide range of orthodontic problems, including any unwanted movement for people who used braces many years before. That said, you should schedule a consultation with our dental team to discuss the specifics of your case. For instance, you can get aligners if you have veneers, but they may not be a suitable option if you have bridgework on several teeth. Please visit our office to discuss your treatment options to improve your smile.

Call us today at (888) 588-1691 to learn more about Invisalign or to book a consultation.

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Dr. Omar Al-Azzawi
Dr. Omar Al-Azzawi

Dr. Omar got his BDS degree in 2002 from the University of Baghdad. He has also completed a master degree in Prosthetic Dentistry from the University of Malaya, Malaysia in 2009. Dr. Omar got his DDS in 2013 in Canada after passing the National Dental Examination Board of Canada (NDEB) exams. Read More

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