What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a system for straightening teeth without the use of conventional metal braces using the very latest in 3D printing technology. Invisalign works by repositioning teeth step by step into their ideal position, using a series of custom-made transparent removable clear ‘aligners’. These aligners gradually straighten your teeth over time. No brackets and wires, and none of the restrictions that come with metal braces.
How does Invisalign Treatment Work?
These 3 steps can help you achieve you achieve your new smile goals:
Step 1: With Invisalign treatment, your Invisalign trained doctor will take fast and precise 3D digital scans of your teeth using the iTero scanner, and work with you to map out a custom treatment plan that you are happy with.
Step 2: Once you’re happy with your treatment plan, your dentist will then use that plan to create a series of customized plastic aligners. These aligners will apply pressure to your teeth, gradually shifting them and moving them into the desired places.
Step 3: Once orthodontic treatment ends, teeth can have a tendency to move again, so it’s important to keep them in place for long lasting results. Long term retainers must be worn to retain the new position of your teeth.
Is Invisalign painful?
Invisalign is a form of orthodontic treatment that involves wearing clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth. While some people may experience mild discomfort during the treatment process, it is generally not considered painful.
During the initial stages of Invisalign treatment, some people may experience slight discomfort or pressure as their teeth shift into the correct position. This is a normal part of the process, and it usually only lasts for a few days after switching to a new set of aligners. However, any discomfort can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen.
Is Invisalign noticeable?
Invisalign is designed to be less noticeable than traditional braces. The aligners used in the Invisalign treatment are made of a clear plastic material that is transparent, making them less noticeable. The aligners are custom-made to fit the shape of your teeth, and their clear appearance allows them to blend in with your natural teeth, making them less conspicuous. In general, Invisalign aligners are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces.
How often do I change aligner?
The frequency with which you should change your Invisalign aligners will depend on the specific treatment plan that has been created for you by your orthodontist. In general, however, you can expect to change your aligners approximately every 1-2 weeks.
Each set of aligners is designed to gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. As you progress through your treatment plan, you will receive a series of aligners, with each set slightly different from the previous one. These incremental changes help to guide your teeth into their proper alignment over time.
During the course of your treatment, you will have periodic appointments with your dentist to monitor your progress and receive new sets of aligners. These appointments allow your provider to make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan and ensure that your teeth are moving as planned
What is the recommended amount of time to wear aligners each day?
The recommended amount of time each day is around 20 to 22 hours, removing them only when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Some of the benefits of Invisalign include:
1. Discreetness: Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, making them an ideal option for individuals who don’t want to draw attention to their orthodontic treatment.
2. Comfort: Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are made of smooth, comfortable plastic that won’t irritate your mouth or gums.
3. Removability: Invisalign aligners can be easily removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. This means you don’t have to avoid certain foods or change your oral hygiene routine during treatment.
4. Predictable results: Invisalign aligners are custom-made for each patient and are designed to gradually shift teeth into the desired position. This allows for more predictable and precise results compared to traditional braces.
5. Faster treatment times: In some cases, Invisalign treatment can be completed in as little as six months, which is faster than traditional braces.
6. Improved oral health: Crooked or crowded teeth can make it difficult to clean your teeth properly, increasing your risk of cavities and gum disease. Straightening your teeth with Invisalign can improve your oral health and reduce your risk of dental problems in the future.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
Invisalign clear aligners can help straighten minor to complex teeth misalignment. The length of treatment can take on average 6-12 months, but this is dictated by your Invisalign doctor depending on how complicated your case is. Most people feel a difference wearing Invisalign aligners after three months, and results are usually noticeable after six months.
How much does Invisalign treatment Cost?
The cost of Invisalign Treatment is determined by your specific needs including duration of treatment and the type of correction you are looking for. However, most Invisalign treatments fall within the £3,500 to £4,500 range.
At The Row Dental, we are pleased to confirm that we offer financing plans including 0% financing options. We understand the importance of providing flexible and accessible payment plans to our patients. You may check eligibility when booking an appointment.
After finishing treatment, how long do you need to wear retainers for?
The length of time you should wear retainers depends on your individual orthodontic treatment plan and the recommendations of your dentist. In general, you will need to wear your retainers regularly for at least several months after your Invisalign treatment has been completed. During this time, your teeth will be shifting and settling into their new positions, and the retainers will help to keep them in place.
After the initial few months, your dentist may recommend that you continue to wear your retainers at night for several years to prevent any relapse or shifting of the teeth.
Is Invisalign suitable for my son / daughter?
Here are some other things to consider when determining suitability:
Maturity and Responsibility: Invisalign requires a certain level of responsibility and commitment. The aligners need to be worn for at least 22 hours a day and removed only for eating, drinking, and oral hygiene.
Dental Development: Invisalign is generally more suitable for older children and teenagers who have most of their permanent teeth (not recommended for younger children with primary (baby) teeth).
Specific Orthodontic Needs: Invisalign is effective for treating various orthodontic issues, including mild to moderate cases of crowding, spacing, and certain bite problems. However, more complex cases may still require traditional braces.
Regular Dental Check-ups: Children using Invisalign should be committed to attending regular dental check-ups to monitor their progress and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.
Parental Involvement: Parents play a crucial role in supporting their child’s orthodontic treatment, regardless of the method used. They need to ensure that their child follows the treatment plan, wears the aligners as directed, and maintains good oral hygiene.
During a consultation at The Row, our orthodontist will assess the child’s dental development and the complexity of their orthodontic issues before recommending Invisalign or alternative treatment options. Keep in mind that each case is unique, and the decision should be based on professional evaluation and guidance.
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