Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment made of clear plastic removable aligners that place gentle pressure onto your teeth to gradually shift them into your desired alignment. Invisalign uses Smart Force Technology to create custom-fit aligners and digital mapping to plan out the patient’s entire orthodontic treatment from start to finish.
Clear aligners are more hygienic, discreet, and comfortable than traditional metal braces. You must wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day. To find out if Invisalign is right for you, contact us at Tree of Life Dentistry today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Parul Shridhar.
Before Invisalign came out with attachment buttons, Invisalign could only treat minor orthodontic issues.
You will come in for a consultation with Dr. Shridhar who will perform a thorough exam and take x-rays to make sure you are a good candidate for Invisalign. Conditions that could rule you out as a candidate include active decay, gum disease, or an inability to comply with the 22 hour wear time of the time aligners.
Digital scans and impressions will be taken of your teeth and bite. They will be sent to the Invisalign dental lab that creates your aligners. The impressions and images of your teeth allow the technicians to create aligners that fit perfectly snug around your teeth.
If you have an improper bite or teeth that need extra help being shifted or rotated, composite resin attachment buttons will be bonded to your teeth. These attachments help anchor the aligners to apply just the right amount of pressure to encourage proper teeth and jaw movement. They can be combined with elastics to help shift the jaw forward or backward.
Once the aligners have been fabricated and arrived at our dental office, we will place them over your teeth to test how they fit and you will officially begin your treatment. You will return for checkup appointments every few weeks and you will change your aligners every 2 weeks.
When you have completed your treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to prevent the diminished/weakened jaw bone from shifting back until it hardens.
Invisalign can treat crooked, misaligned, and overcrowded teeth by exerting pressure onto the teeth to shift them into their proper alignment. For more severely crooked teeth, attachments may be necessary to achieve the desired tooth position. The average treatment time is 12-18 months.
Invisalign can close gaps in your teeth, whether they’re located on the upper or lower arch. Depending on the severity of the gap, it could take just a few months of wearing Invisalign aligners or it could take much longer and need to be combined with other procedures such as tooth bonding and veneers to fully close the gap.
It can take 12-36 months to correct bite problems with Invisalign. Invisalign is best at closing gaps that are 6 mm or smaller. The aligners can also be used to create the perfect alignment to place a dental implant between the space.
Thanks to Invisalign attachment buttons and elastics, bite problems such as over, under, open, and crossbites can be corrected by moving the teeth into the right position and shifting the upper jaw forward, backward, up, or down, and shifting the lower jaw forward or backward.
You will need to wear a retainer for 22 hours a day for months after treatment. After that, you will only need to wear them a few days a week but it is important to maintain your new teeth and jaw alignment.