As Halloween gets you prepared for the most breathtaking costumes, there is nothing better than having beautiful straight teeth to complement your look. Instead of having traditional braces, you can now opt for a less conspicuous option.
Invisalign® offer one of the best solutions to misaligned teeth. The best thing about them is that the whole world does not need to be part of your journey to beautiful straight teeth. Invisalign are invisible aligners that will correct your smile by straightening teeth. The aligners are very comfortable to wear, not to mention, removable. With these aligners, you will not have to wear braces.
How does Invisalign work?
When you visit dentofacial orthopedics, a dental exam will prove your need for aligners. The set of aligners are different throughout your treatment. Technically, each set should be worn for at least two weeks. The treatment requires frequent visits to your dentist. For the visits, you will replace the current aligners with the next series. The different series of these aligners will initiate the shifting of your teeth, little by little. Your orthodontist or dentist has to keep examining your progress to weigh the success of the treatment after a couple of weeks.
The number of aligners a patient has to wear throughout the treatment depends on different factors. The factors also determine how long the treatment will last before you achieve your desired results:
- How much your teeth need to be moved to achieve the targeted outcome – the more distance your teeth have to shift, the more aligners you may need. Besides, the further the distance to be covered, the longer your treatment will last.
- The pace of teeth movement – patients has different bone structures. It also means that the pace of movement of the teeth varies from one person to the other. Some patients do not need a lot of time to have their teeth shift as per the goals of the orthodontic.
- The complexity of your misalignment – some patients have a long way before they can have their teeth straightened out completely.
How long does the treatment last?
Invisalign treatment has been proven as an effective and safe method of straightening teeth. The treatment does not take too long to yield results. In simple cases, the aligners are only useful for about 6 months.
Even then, as mentioned above, the longevity of your treatment is heavily dependent on different factors. Besides, it matters how consistent and thorough you are in wearing your Invisalign. The aligners need to be on for at 20-22 hours every day. This means that you should only remove them to eat, brush your teeth, and floss. Further, you have to keep visiting your doctor, once every six weeks. It is the only way to ensure you do not need emergency orthodontics if your treatment isn’t going as it should.
If you are keen to follow through with these directives, then the treatment should work as planned. Technically, the treatment takes between 9 and 15 months to be complete. Within that period, you should wear approximately 18 to 30 sets of aligners. The stakes are different depending on the severity of your dental problem.
Which other cases does Invisalign treat?
Clearly, these aligners are great for straightening teeth. However, there are some few situations that the aligners can also come in handy:
- To Close a Gap
A gap between teeth can be closed by aligners. However, for this to work, the gap needs to be of 6mm at maximum. Smaller gaps do not take too long to close. However, for 6mm, it may take up to 24 months. Your orthodontist will tell you whether or not the kind of gap you have can be fixed by Invisalign.
- For Crowded Teeth
Invisalign can treat teeth crowding if it is mild. Ideally, the more crowded your teeth are, the longer it will take for the treatment to fix your dental problem. Your orthodontist will give you the best recommendation to fix your crowded teeth. Sometimes, these aligners may work on their own, while other times they work in conjunction with other treatments.
There is no reason you should not invest in fixing your smile. Visit your doctor today and get started on your treatment plan as soon as possible.