Invisalign are thin, clear aligners used in orthodontic treatment. They are made of a BPA-free flexible thermoplastic known as SmartTrack. Unlike traditional aligners or metal braces, Invisalign fits over your teeth perfectly and is barely noticeable. During the treatment, they are changed periodically, usually in 2 to 3 weeks, and help shift your teeth to their desired positions.
Invisalign are used to treat the following dental anomalies:
- Treating overbite, underbite, open bite, and crossbite issues
- Reducing the gap between teeth
- Treating crowded teeth
- Fixing crooked and overlapping teeth
What are the Benefits of Wearing Invisalign?
- Invisalign is more comfortable to wear than metal braces. They resemble mouth guards without any sharp edges, and thus they do not cause any irritation in the mouth.
- It is aesthetically pleasing, as anyone hardly notices the difference before and after putting them on.
- Invisalign can be removed before eating and also for cleaning and flossing your teeth, something that metal braces do not allow. This ensures healthier oral hygiene and prevents bacterial growth that is responsible for several gum infections.
- They do not need any special maintenance and can be freshened up using a toothbrush simply by dipping them in water. This has to be done every day to get rid of stains on them.
How is Invisalign Fabricated?
The dentist takes a 3-D image of your mouth and jaw in the first appointment. This combination of images is used to plan out your personalized Invisalign. The x-ray and 3-D images are sent to dental labs, where the customized clear aligners are prepared using a flexible plastic material. The removable set of Invisalign is then placed in your mouth.
How Does the Invisalign Work?
After the aligners are made, the fit is checked, and necessary adjustments are made. The aligners are to be worn for 22 hours every day. Depending on your rate of recovery, a new set of Invisalign is provided every two weeks. The tight fit of the aligners is designed to slowly and consistently push your teeth to the desired positions.
After a few days, usually 14 days, the aligners will be replaced by the dentist, who gives you the next set of aligners after taking 3-D images to check for the progress and change of positions of teeth. Adjustments are made so that the new set of aligners fits right. After the treatment is complete, it is recommended to wear retainers to prevent the teeth from getting back to their previous position.
Please reach out to our Premier Arts Dental in Freehold, NJ, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Shah. Please call us at (732) 702-2787 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.