What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
Using advanced 3D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign depicts your complete
treatment plan based on your Invisalign Provider’s prescription, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position.
Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth – and your teeth only – to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for 1-2 weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, gradually moving towards the projected final position. Your Invisalign treatment time will be based on your specific needs.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible. No one may even notice that you’re wearing these virtually invisible aligners, making Invisalign
a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others.
Invisalign aligners are removable giving you the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. And you can also remove the aligners to brush and
floss as you normally would for fresh breath and to maintain good oral hygiene.
Unlike traditional fixed braces, there are no metal brackets or wires.
This means that in most cases you will have more time to yourself as you will not need to see us as often to make the usual adjustments for you.
And finally, Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you even begin treatment so you can see how
your teeth are expected to look when your treatment is complete.
Is this a new way to straighten teeth?
Dentists or orthodontists have, in the past, successfully used removable appliances for years. But with the application of Align Technology’s 3D computer technology and mass-customisation,
the Invisalign System can be used to treat a wide range of patients who want straighter teeth. The unique ClinCheck® software allows patients to see their treatment plan from beginning to end even before the start of treatment.
How old is the company?
Align Technology, Inc., the company that manufactures Invisalign, was founded in 1997.
How old is the technology?
In 1945, Dr. H.D. Kiesling envisioned that one day modern technology would enable the use of a series of
tooth positioners to produce the kinds of movements required for comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Align Technology has made this vision a reality.
Using advanced computer technology, Align Technology produces Invisalign, a series of customised clear aligners. Each aligner is worn sequentially by each patient to produce gradual tooth movements in both upper and lower arches.
How many patients are being treated with Invisalign?
More than 4 million patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign. The number of Invisalign smiles grows daily.
How much does Invisalign cost?
As with other types of orthodontic treatment, the cost of Invisalign is dependent on the complexity of your issue and your course of treatment.
As a general rule the cost is comparable to traditional fixed braces.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign aligners move teeth with an appropriate placement of controlled movement on the teeth. Unlike traditional braces,
Invisalign not only controls the amount of movement per aligner, but also the timing of the movement.
So at each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move, as per the Invisalign treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system
that moves teeth into the desired prescribed position.
What are aligners made of and what do they look like?
The virtually invisible aligners are made of strong medical grade thermoplastic material, uniquely developed for the Invisalign System.
The aligners are custom-made for you and fit snugly over your teeth.
Can any dental practitioner provide Invisalign?
While Invisalign can be used with virtually any treatment philosophy,
special training is needed. All orthodontists and dentists treating patients with Invisalign must attend training to become qualified and proficient in the various requirements for treating patients before treatments will be accepted.
TwentyOneDental are a fully accredited provider.
How often must I see my Invisalign Provider once I have
Appointment intervals are generally the same as with traditional
braces but can be much quicker with less time spent in the dentists’
or orthodontists’ chair during appointments as no adjustments need
to be made to wires/brackets. Patients typically visit their Invisalign
Provider every 4 to 6 weeks to ensure the treatment is progressing
as planned, and to receive their next few sets of Invisalign aligners,
based on your treatment.
How long does the Invisalign treatment take?
The total duration of treatment depends on the complexity of the
treatment. Typically treatment can last between 3 and 18 months. During your
consultation, we will provide you with more detailed information.
Is the Invisalign treatment painful?
Some people may experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few
days, at the beginning of each new stage of treatment when they
insert a new aligner. This is normal and is typically described as a
feeling of pressure. It is a sign that the aligners are working – moving
your teeth gradually, helping you to achieve the final results.
This discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days.
Does the procedure work on overbites?
Invisalign can be used to treat overbites in the vast majority of adults and adolescents. During your consultation with us we will be able to determine whether Invisalign is suitable for you.
Are there certain dental conditions that automatically
exclude someone from being an eligible patient?
During your consultation we will be able to determine if you are a good
candidate for Invisalign treatment.
Are bridges a factor in Invisalign treatment?
As bridges firmly link two or more teeth together, they offer
significant resistance to tooth movement. We will be able to determine whether bridges will be a factor in your treatment.
Are crowns a factor in Invisalign treatment?
Crowns (tooth caps) are usually not a factor in Invisalign treatment.
However, sometimes small tooth-coloured composites called
“attachments” are bonded onto teeth to help achieve certain
movements and are more difficult to bond on crowns than teeth.
In these cases, the location of crowns will be carefully evaluated by us.
Can Invisalign close gaps?
Yes. Spaces between teeth are generally easy to close with Invisalign.
Will TMJ affect Invisalign treatment?
TMJ refers to the temporomandibular (jaw) joint. People with a TMJ
condition can have a number of problems with the jaw joint, some of
which can be aggravated by appliances and treatments like Invisalign,
and some which can improve, remain the same or even cause the
condition to deteriorate.
We will be able to advise you if your TMJ problem will adversely impact treatment.
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