Invisalign is a series of clear aligner trays similar to bleaching trays that will move your teeth into the desired position. Each aligner is worn for approximately two weeks and moves your teeth into a slightly different position. The length of your treatment will depend on how much your teeth need to be moved and what type of tooth movements need to be accomplished. Align Technology has found the average treatment time to be about twelve months. Invisalign aligners should be worn at least twenty to twenty-two hours per day for optimum results. If the aligners are worn between sixteen to twenty hours per day, you can expect your treatment to be about fifty percent longer; so a typical treatment plan for twelve months might end up taking eighteen months with less than optimal wear time. If the aligners are worn less than sixteen hours per day, you will not see the results you are hoping for and maybe Invisalign isn’t right for you.
How does Invisalign work
Since each aligner has a slightly different tooth position, the pressure is placed on certain teeth each time a new aligner is placed. The plastic material is deflected by one or more teeth, and because the plastic can stretch and wants to return to its original shape, the aligner will push the teeth into a new position. When a new aligner is placed into your mouth, you will feel pressure in certain areas. After a few days, this pressure will disappear and the aligners will feel like they fit just right. It’s tempting to want to change to the next aligner when this occurs, but the same aligner needs to stay on for at least two weeks. This allows the bone and gum tissue to adapt to the new tooth position. This adaptation needs to occur after you change to a new aligner.
With Invisalign, one set of impressions is taken prior to starting treatment and used to create the model needed to serve as the base for the entire treatment. The entire set of aligners is shipped to your Invisalign provider, and you are given a series of aligners at each visit. It is important for your Invisalign provider to monitor the progress at certain stages.
One of the most important advances in the success of Invisalign treatment is the advent and refinement of tooth-colored attachments placed on the teeth. These are small bumps of tooth-colored dental bonding material that help with certain challenging tooth movements. The attachments have made more complex treatments and more difficult tooth movements more predictable and more successful. Some attachments may need to be placed on front teeth, but they are not easily seen and are much less obvious than even clear braces.
After having Invisalign in your mouth you have to be careful and have to take special care of your teeth to avoid any inconvenience. You have to brush regularly with quality brush and toothpaste, you have to be careful in terms of diet and you have to take balanced diet and try to avoid unnecessary substances such as coffee, tea, candy and other hazardous foods and drinks.
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