A type of thin clear aligner used in orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is an aligner made from a flexible thermoplastic material named SmartTrack. A cutting edge teeth-straightening treatment, it is being used as a popular alternative to the old-school metal braces.
It is an orthodontic treatment that involves wearing a series of clear, removable aligners or coverings to fit tightly over the teeth and slowly straighten and correctly align them. It is designed to make orthodontic treatment less noticeable or virtually invisible and is therefore called “Invis-align. They are much less noticeable than the brackets and wires of traditional braces.
Clear aligners are prepared from patented thermoplastic known as SmartTrack through computer-generated images and impressions taken from the mouth to change the position of the teeth. SmartTrack is incredibly durable and free of BPA, BPS, latex, and gluten, making it an ideal orthodontic solution for patients with allergies.
The Invisalign treatment is usually recommended for
Teens: Invisalign is extremely helpful in correcting the misalignment of teeth in teenagers as they help to achieve a glowing smile and improve dental health at an age where teenagers are self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth. As the treatment period is shorter and the use of Invisalign is easy, it is an ideal treatment for teenagers wanting to improve their smiles.
Adults: Correctional dental work is now being chosen by adults more than ever before. This flexibility in the alignment procedure and the desire to achieve an improved smile without having to use a highly conspicuous metal brace make Invisalign an ideal option for adults.
However, while clear aligners are a comfortable option, there are certain issues that cannot be addressed through them.
Invisalign aligners are also usually not recommended for children younger than 14 because their teeth and jaws are still growing.
Invisalign is especially suitable for those wanting to improve their smile or arrange their teeth in a more orderly fashion. It solves many common dental issues, like Overly crowded teeth, Crossbite, Underbite, Open bite, Deep bite, Gaps in teeth etc.
Invisalign is practically an invisible way to straighten the teeth using the 3D computer-imaging technology, which takes the present and the final straightened position of the teeth, to formulate a treatment plan that works towards gradually aligning the teeth.
After the team of expert dentists at Morgan, Hill Dentistry decide that you are a good candidate for Invisalign, an impression of your teeth is taken and your aesthetic goal for the treatment is discussed. The molds of your teeth are then sent to a laboratory that crafts your aligners.
You are asked to return to our office a week or two later to get your first set of aligners. The dentist at Morgan Hill Dentistry provides you with a list of care instructions, and you’re asked to wear your aligners for at least 20-22 hours each day.
The current Invisalign is replaced every few weeks with a new set of aligners until the patient has flawlessly straightened teeth and a perfect smile.
As the material of Invisalign is made of medical-grade thermoplastic, it is so smooth, that it helps prevent any discomfort even when one is sleeping.
Invisalign aligners take about a year to achieve desired results in the majority of cases. However, you may start noticing slight improvements in your smile after just 2-3 months.
A retainer is given after you finish wearing your last set of aligners. It helps to ensure that your teeth stay in place, preventing any further orthodontic issues.
Invisalign aligners are easy and hassle-free to manage and take care of. Rinse them off with cool water before and after eating and gently brushing them with your toothbrush at least once a day is sufficient to protect them. However, using very hot water can deform the plastic, altering the fit, and affecting the effectiveness of the aligners.
You can contact our team at Kirkland Premier Dentistry about the Invisalign Cleaning System, for more thorough cleaning.
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