How Invisalign works
Invisalign is becoming more popular by the day as an effective alternative to braces for effective straightening of the teeth. We often wonder what the whole process entails because they don’t look like the ‘everyday’ Traditional braces with brackets.
While Invisalign is often effective, there are cases where it may not be effectual in straightening the teeth, which is why you may need to start your orthodontic treatment with proper consultation. The consultation helps you in determining if you are the appropriate candidate for an Invisalign treatment.
However, it is essential to note that there is no peculiarity with regards to the age group a Patient may require an Invisalign treatment. Although, kids with baby teethor adult teeth that still have a lot of growing to do are not qualified for an Invisalign treatment.
Thus, once your doctor has been able to conclude that you are a good candidate for an Invisalign treatment, he may take the following records:
- Medical records
- Dental impressions of your teeth
- Photographs of your teeth and face and
- Two x-rays may also be taken.
Immediately those records have been ascertained; they are sent off to the lab with detailed instructions on how the teeth are to be moved to avoid any form of complications or risks. After which your impressions are taken in order to have a 3D model of your teeth in the computer while the technicians gradually move the teeth in the system model until a befitting result is ascertained. In some cases where the teeth are not properly moved, the doctor may ask for the teeth to be moved again until a proper positioning have been attained.
Once satisfied, a series of aligners are made –this may usually take 3 to 4 weeks from the time the impressions are taken. After which you are ready to start the straightening your teeth.
However, a set of Invisalign trays will be given to you to wear for two weeks; each tray is usually manufactured to ensure the teeth are somewhat positioned than the previous one. Often, people that get Invisalign treatment may have crowded front teeth, which means the teeth may be difficult to fit in.
Thus, to create more rooms, either of the following ensues;
- The use of trays to expand the back teeth
- Bringing the front teeth slightly forward.
- Making the front and back teeth slightly thinner.
- Or, a coloured tooth attachment may be used to give a handle or a gripping point for the aligner.
Once the aligners are in, you may be asked to wear the aligners almost on a full-time basis. Typically for about 20-22 hours a day. This will help move your teeth to its final position for that particular tray. The new trays may come back in a few weeks while the same process isrepeated.
Immediately you are done with your final trays, your retainers are fit in properly. However, the type of retainers may depend on your choice. You may be required to wear the retainers initially on a full-time basis for about 2 months, after which it may be reduced to two times a week. The retainers help to ensure the teeth are properly and permanently fixed.