This straightening method uses clear aligners to gently ease teeth into position to create a perfect smile. They are an excellent alternative to conventional metal braces as they are almost invisible, do not require adjustments at the dental office and can also be removed while eating or performing your daily oral hygiene regime.
This is an excellent solution for a number of smiles woes but might not be suited to everyone. Here’s how to know if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign.
Invisalign versus Traditional Braces
There are many benefits to Invisalign over traditional braces, including:
- They are barely noticeable when you’re wearing them.
- Aligners can be removed to eat, brush and floss.
- They are more comfortable than the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces that irritate your mouth.
- You can easily keep up with proper oral hygiene for improved dental health.
- Suited to busy schedules as there is no need for adjustment appointments.
Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?
As with any dental treatment, it all depends on your teeth. When it comes to orthodontic treatments, we will review the complexity and position of your teeth to determine whether you will benefit from Invisalign treatment. In general, we would recommend Invisalign if you have:
- Crowded Teeth
- Gap Teeth
- Open Bite
- Baby and Permanent Teeth
- Generally Straighter Teeth
Another consideration is your sense of commitment and responsibility. Your aligners have to be worn for 22 hours a day. Because they are removable, it can be tempting to remove them more often than you should. You will also have to keep track of when it is time to replace your aligners with the new set.
For these reasons, Invisalign might not be suited for people who won’t be able to manage their treatment effectively. If this is the case, it would be a waste of time and money to consider Invisalign treatment.
You will also want to consider the cost. Many dental plans now cover Invisalign treatment. As well we can discuss the cost of treatment and your payment options to help you more easily afford the treatment.
Advantages of Wearing Invisalign
The main reason Invisalign braces are so popular is that they are virtually invisible; however, there is more to them than that. Yes, you will have more confidence because you won’t be embarrassed by traditional wires and brackets. But Invisalign aligners are also removable, comfortable, and affordable.
You will not require appointments for adjustments and instead will be given a series of aligners that you change at home. This means if you have a busy schedule, this might be the perfect solution for your treatment. Each set is replaced with a new one every two weeks or so.
As you switch things up, your teeth will be gently shifted into the ideal position. You won’t only save time on having to go to appointments but will also avoid some of the pain associated with traditional braces.
Although you might experience some tenderness when you change aligners, you can put them in at bedtime, so most of the adjustment will take place while you sleep. You can then take an over the counter pain killer if you still feel tender in the morning. The good news is that the tenderness won’t last.
How do I get my Invisalign aligners?
Technology plays a major role in the Invisalign process. If you are nervous about dental appointments, you will find this is a better choice than traditional treatments. The iTero® digital scanner is used to take quick and painless impressions. You won’t need to suffer through the mess of biting down into putty to create your impressions.
Instead, a digital scan is taken and used to determine the before and after plan for your treatment. You will be shown what your treatment will look like when completed with a digital image generated by the system.
Your impressions will be used to create a customized 3D treatment plan based on the steps required to ease your teeth into the ideal position for your new smile. Once your aligners are customized, you can pick them up at the office.
We will provide tips on use and ensure they fit properly. You’ll notice sensitivity for about a week, which will quickly ease as you get used to wearing your aligners. The discomfort is caused because the aligners apply gentle pressure to ease your teeth into place. If you continue to experience sensitivity or discomfort after a week, you can speak to our office.
How do Invisalign aligners work?
Invisalign treatment offers a comfortable self-managed orthodontic treatment. This means you will be responsible for managing your aligners and ensuring you are changing them and wearing them regularly. As mentioned, this is an important consideration for whether you would make a good candidate or not.
You will need to wear them 22 hours a day, which provides enough time to remove them for meals and dental hygiene. The more stringent you are at following this guideline, the better your results will be for your treatment. Each new aligner changes the position of your teeth, allowing you to achieve the ideal smile slowly.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
In many cases, your treatment is complete in about six months, depending on the severity of the corrections needed. Realistically, you are looking at 12 to 18 months.
Following Invisalign Treatment
When treatment is complete, we will discuss the best way for you to retain your corrected smile. Retention is critical, as you can find your teeth begin to drift back to their original position over time. This is not unique to Invisalign treatment and can occur for traditional braces as well.
You can choose clear trays that you wear at night or a retainer that is affixed behind your teeth. It will be worth the effort to retain that beautiful new smile.
To learn more about whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign, call Guelph Family Dentistry at (888) 588-1691 or contact us here.