Invisalign® aligners can effectively correct many dental alignment issues like crooked, misaligned, or protruding teeth. Invisalign is a popular alternative to metal braces and uses plastic aligner trays to straighten teeth. These clear plastic trays (aligners) are custom-made by a dentist to fit tightly over the teeth and gradually shift crooked teeth into the correct position over time.
The severity of the issue determines the duration of treatment. Invisalign takes less time to work than conventional metal braces in most instances. Most people use these aligners for six months to a year, or longer in certain cases.
How Invisalign straightens the teeth
The dentist will thoroughly examine the patient's teeth during their first appointment at the dental office. X-rays and imprints of the teeth will be taken during the examination, which will subsequently be converted into a 3D model. The dentist can design a customized treatment plan using this 3D model. This comprises a set of transparent, smooth aligners that are custom-made for the mouth.
An aligner is worn for around two weeks before being changed with a fresh one. Each pair of aligners is slightly different in form, causing the teeth to gradually move into a new position, one little step closer to the ultimate objective. The teeth will have shifted into a straighter, better-aligned position by the conclusion of the treatment duration, giving patients their desired smile.
Why choose Invisalign?
Although many kinds of braces are available, Invisalign is frequently the preferred technique for straightening teeth for various reasons. The fact that transparent plastic is almost undetectable is the most apparent. Invisalign is also removable, unlike conventional metal braces, making it considerably simpler to drink and eat anything during the treatment.
When it is time to brush the teeth, the Invisalign aligners may be removed so that patients can brush and floss their teeth thoroughly. One of Invisalign's interesting features is that a 3D virtual model allows patients to get a sneak peek of the eventual outcome planned by the dental professional before the treatment even starts. Before starting treatment, the dentist will review the plan with the patient in the office to help the patient know what to expect.
The treatment duration
The length of the treatment is determined by several variables, including the person's bite condition and the number of crooked or crowded teeth. The treatment procedure takes approximately a year on average for most people, but it may extend to two years in more complex cases. Aligners must be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours per day, every day, for the length of the treatment. The patient's level of commitment mostly determines the outcome.
Most individuals who want to straighten their teeth choose Invisalign® because of how simple it is to use. It has little to no impact on everyday life, and there typically is almost no pain or discomfort throughout treatment. Contact our dental office to learn more about how Invisalign can help you get your desired smile.
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