Invisalign is a form of orthodontic treatment that involves a series of clear plastic aligners that slowly straighten your teeth and improves your bite. Invisalign works by using aligner trays to move your teeth slowly and effectively. The aligner trays are secured to teeth through the use of attachments that are bonded to the teeth. Attachments are small pieces of plastic resin that get bonded on the front surface of several of your teeth. But don’t worry; the attachments are tooth coloured and difficult to see. The length of treatment and the cost of the Invisalign will depend significantly on the work to be done. Your specific treatment plan will be discussed with you before treatment. As well, you will be able to ask any questions you have.
How is Invisalign Made?
Before you start your treatment, you will see your dentist or orthodontist to have impressions taken of your teeth. These impressions will be sent to the Invisalign lab, which will then create a detailed, custom, digital treatment plan and a series of Invisalign aligner trays. The number of trays in your treatment plan is based on how much work and movement is needed. You will see your Invisalign trained dentist or orthodontist every 4-6 weeks to assess results and to get more trays. You will be instructed on how frequently to change your trays. Usually, it is every 1-2 weeks.
Important Invisalign Facts
- It is essential to maintain excellent oral hygiene during your Invisalign treatment. Make sure to brush at least twice and day and floss at least once a day. The most beneficial practice is to always brush after eating and before putting your trays back in.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash to prevent cavities during your Invisalign treatment.
- Wear your trays at least 20-22 hours a day, try only to take them out when eating, drinking and cleaning your teeth.
- Clean your Invisalign trays with a separate toothbrush and warm water. Never use hot water on your Invisalign trays as it could warp them.
- Invisalign is an excellent option for most cases, including if you’ve already had braces before and notice some shifting.
- Aligners are made of a select type of thermoplastic material explicitly created for Invisalign.
It is essential to discuss with your dentist or orthodontist what outcome you hope to achieve before starting Invisalign treatment. Outcomes, length of treatment, cost, etc. will all be discussed before beginning treatment. If you have any questions about Invisalign, we encourage you to contact us to schedule an appointment today.