Invisalign is the evolution of traditional metal braces. Traditional metal and wire braces are devices that help correct dental problems, such as crowded, crooked, or misaligned teeth. Many people wear braces as teenagers, but adults get them too. When you wear them, braces slowly straighten and align your teeth so you have a normal bite. Although this treatment is highly effective, traditional braces are highly noticeable and people have to follow various restrictive guidelines during the procedure.
The introduction of Invisalign clear aligners to the dental industry in 1998 represents a revolution in the way Vibrant Square Dental conducts orthodontic treatment. While not a complete replacement for traditional braces, they greatly limit the situations in which metal braces are needed. Through this article, we will describe how Invisalign can improve your smile and answer frequently asked questions.
What Dental Issues Does Invisalign Treat?
Due to its ease of use and comfortable design, Invisalign is an excellent choice for most patients. Invisalign can treat a range of dental problems, including:
- Gaps in the teeth – Gaps in the teeth are not just an aesthetic issue. Gaps indicate gaps where surrounding teeth lack the support to help them stay straight and in place. They also provide a greater surface area that may be affected by tooth decay.
- Overbite – Invisalign can help treat overbites where the upper teeth protrude from the lower teeth.
- Crowding – Crowding can cause problems for adjacent teeth. Getting them in the right position creates extra space and takes the pressure off your teeth.
- Crossbite – Invisalign can often help if your lower teeth protrude beyond your upper teeth.
It is worth noting that not all cases of overbite or underbite can be treated, so it is important to discuss your orthodontic options with our specialist. Also, overcrowding may sometimes require the extraction of one or more teeth to create adequate space for the rest of your teeth. Only then can our team use Invisalign to gradually move your teeth into place.
What Can I Expect During My Invisalign Treatment?
Invisalign is an incredible innovation in orthodontic care. This treatment eliminates the expensive nature of traditional braces. Invisalign requires fewer dental visits than metal braces because adjustment visits are usually not necessary.
When you receive Invisalign orthodontic treatment at our clinic, you will begin the journey with a consultation to discuss your individual case and suggested treatment plan. A special oral scanner is then used to obtain information about your mouth to make aligners. The aligners must be worn at least 20-22 hours a day during treatment and should only be removed for eating, brushing, or flossing. This often eliminates the need for patients to restrict the types of foods they like during other orthodontic treatments.
You will wear each aligner for about 1-2 weeks before changing to the next aligner. You can also expect to meet with your orthodontist approximately every 12 weeks so they can monitor your progress and provide you with your next set of aligners.
How Do I Take Care Of My Clear Aligners?
Caring for your clear plastic trays is easy. You will need to clean your aligners daily, but avoid using water that is too hot as it will distort the shape of the aligners. You should also brush your teeth after meals to keep your braces clean. After removing the aligner from the mouth, it should be stored in a protective plastic case.
How Long Does My Invisalign Treatment Take?
The length of your Invisalign treatment will depend on your individual case. The recommended length of treatment will be discussed during your consultation. Invisalign orthodontic treatments generally take 12-24 months.
For patients in Vaughan, Ontario, Vibrant Square Dental is the best choice for general and family dentistry, and all your cosmetic and restorative needs. With over 30 years of experience transforming our patient’s smiles, we offer more than 20 different dental care services. Call us today at 905-553-3004 to schedule your appointment.