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Post by : Dr Jack Connan BDS GDC No. 277529 | 10 April 2024

Introduction to Invisalign

Invisalign is a modern solution for correcting dental misalignments without using traditional metal braces. Instead, it uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners that gradually shift your teeth into the desired position.

What Is Invisalign and Who Is It For?

Invisalign is ideal for both adults and teens who are looking for a less visible method of improving their dental alignment. It’s also a versatile solution that can address a range of issues, from simple to complex teeth alignments.

The Invisalign Process Explained

Initial Consultation:

The journey begins with a consultation where your dentist evaluates your teeth and discusses your dental goals. This step confirms whether Invisalign is suitable for you.

Custom Treatment Plan:

Using digital scanning technology, the dentist creates a precise 3D model of your teeth. From this model, they develop a tailored treatment plan that includes the movement of your teeth and the approximate duration of the treatment.

Creating the Aligners:

The custom aligners are manufactured based on the 3D model of your teeth. Each aligner is slightly different and designed to move your teeth gradually.

Wearing Your Aligners:

You’ll wear each set of aligners for about one to two weeks before moving on to the next set in the series. Aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day to be effective.

Life with Invisalign:

Eating and Drinking: Remove your aligners to eat or drink anything other than water.

Oral Hygiene: The aligners allow for easy-to-maintain dental hygiene, as aligners can be removed to brush and floss.

How Does it Work?

This treatment method uses a series of specially crafted aligners that are made of a powerful thermoplastic material. Each aligner straightens your teeth a little more than the last using controlled force. Depending on the type of problem you have, you’ll need to be treated for about six months minimum. The maximum amount of time that treatment takes is about three years.

Does it Really Work?

In general, this treatment method works very well. Whether or not it will work for you depends on a number of factors. Dental issues it can correct include the following:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Gaps in Teeth
  • Misaligned Teeth
  • Other Issues

If you have an underbite or an overbite, then this treatment method will be able to fix these conditions as long as it’s not severe. Severe cases will require a different treatment method. If you have crowded teeth, gaps in your teeth, or if your teeth aren’t lined up properly, then it can help fix these conditions, too. Invisalign won’t work for very severe cases, so it’s important to be thoroughly evaluated by your trusted orthodontist Columbia SC team to make sure this is the right treatment plan for you. It’ll also completely fix your dental issues in an efficient manner if an experienced and skilled Carolina orthodontics team is treating you. Generally, it’s best to see an orthodontist when you are considering this treatment method because they are very skilled in this area of treatment. For best results, find an Invisalign Preferred Provider.

If you have crowded teeth and want to improve your smile please call us on 0208 399 4311

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