Do you still want braces???
Invisalign provide a hygienic, convenient and a clear solution to the correction of crooked teeth without having to wear brackets and wires.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign vs braces is a exciting, new, invisible, easy to wear, comfortable, and above all affordable orthodontic system. Its popularity is growing at an incredible rate. All you have to do is wear a series of clear wafer thin transparent removable aligners, which gently guide their teeth from their present to the desired position. No-one will ever know that you are wearing braces!!
How does Invisalign work?
After examination by your dental practitioner, teeth impressions are taken of your teeth. Impression trays are filled with impression material and then placed over your teeth. Once set, the impression trays are carefully removed. Your impressions and dental records are sent to Invisalign. The impressions are used to create a digital model of your teeth. Based on your dental practitioner’s treatment plan, the software plans the movement of your teeth from their current position to the final desired position, allowing you to see how your teeth may look after treatment. Once your 3D treatment plan is approved by you and your dental practitioner, a series of nearly invisible aligners are custom made for you. The aligners follow the stages of the treatment plan. You place the aligners over your teeth, where they fit snugly. As well as being nearly invisible they are comfortable and can be removed for eating, drinking and cleaning. Every two weeks you switch to the next set of aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth stage by stage, little by little resulting in straight healthy smile.
Tips on getting Invisalign aligners:
1. The first step in the process is to visit the nearest dentist for consultation.
2. The dentist will take your impressions, photos and radiographs and submit to the lab.
3. You have the opportunity to digitally review potentially corrected position of your teeth setup that represents the treatment outcome as planned by the dentist.
4. After being satisfied with the review of potentially corrected position, aligners are delivered to you by your dentist on your following visits.
5. Each aligner is worn for two weeks before advancing to the next aligners.
Aligner Care Instructions
-Wear the braces through the day except when brushing/flossing, eating or drinking hot and cold beverages.
-Avoid chewing gum/sticky foods and smoking when wearing the appliance as much as possible.
-Report any potential breakages or cracks in the appliance to your dentist.
-Brush and clean the appliance using regular toothbrush and paste.
-Maintain good oral hygiene.
-Regularly visit your treating dentist for evaluation and consultation.
- You may feel slight discomfort and some pressure on your teeth while wearing aligners for the first time, this is normal as it applies pressure for correction of malocclusion.
-You may experience lisp in your speech initially, which gets corrected over time.
Removing and Inserting
-Apply balanced pressure on both sides of appliance from front to back teeth when inserting the appliance into your mouth.
-Apply balanced pressure on premolar area on both sides of appliance using index fingers of both hands when removing the appliance.
Can children use it? Yes. But dentists usually use metal braces for them. That is partly because many children are not that disciplined to wear braces all the time.
Which works better on people- Invisalign or braces?
The each work really well but not everyone is a candidate for invisalign. If your teeth are extremely crooked or your bite is severely misaligned you are better candidate for metal braces. But it really takes a specially trained dentist to take that decision. Every case is different. But it seems to be faster in most cases. When you come into the dentist’s office, special measurements of your teeth are taken. You also choose how you want your final smile to look. And all this information is sent to a special lab where computers individually design the plastic aligners for each patient. They create a series of aligners that you wear one after another each gently moving your teeth a little bit more than the last one. It tends to work faster because instead of dentist bending wires and seeing if it would move the tooth into the desired position, the invisalign aligners are all pre set to move the teeth step by step in a very predictable manner. Remember, crooked teeth can create serious problems for your health.
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