Invisalign is an orthodontic dental approach that straightens teeth and beautifies a smile. The term “invisalign” was coined to combine the words “invisible” and “alignment.” The rapidly growing popularity of this dental approach stems from “invisible” orthodontic braces.
A closer look at the procedure also reveals more advantages. For example, in ordinary orthodontics, a patient needs to wear the same brackets for several months. In Invisalign, the alternatives to brackets, which are called “aligners,” are changed every two weeks. This has the added benefit of keeping the teeth thoroughly clean. The aligners have the same power as the brackets and bands. The aligners are custom-made to encourage the teeth to shift towards the desired place and position.
Symptoms that can be Solved with Invisalign
Will Invisalign work on all types of crooked teeth? There are a few cases when Invisalign will not be effective. A dentist will carefully evaluate the teeth and bite before recommending Invisalign.
The good news is that this dental approach can solve the most common alignment problems. Some of the symptoms or problems that can be improved by Invisalign are the following:
- Crowded Teeth – Teeth are too tightly packed can ultimately lead to decay, gum diseases, and loss of normal tooth functionality. Crowded teeth are usually found in small narrow jaws.
- Wide teeth gaps – In this scenario, the teeth are too far away from each other or a tooth has been removed. Such teeth are prone to gingivitis and periodontitis because bacteria can easily reside in the wide spaces.
- Crossbite – Due to misalignment of the jaws, a portion of the upper teeth crosses behind the bottom teeth. A crossbite hastens the wear and tear of the teeth, as well as encourages other oral problems.
- Overbite – Also known as overjet, the upper teeth extend way too far in front of the lower teeth. An overbite may lead to pain in the jaw and lower teeth.
- Underbite – This happens when the lower jaw is considerably bigger than the upper jaw. The lower teeth protrude in front of the front upper teeth. This will place additional pressure on the molars, as well as cause pain in the jaw.
Invisalign is a dental treatment that can be summed up in four phases. The first phase consists of a consultation, where goals are set. This phase is usually free.
The second phase involves mapping out a treatment plan and the treatment timeline. The treatment plan will be based on digitized 3-D images of the teeth. The dentist will show, using the timeline, the expected changes that the teeth will undergo.
The third phase is the creation of the aligners. Each aligner is customized for a particular tooth. A set consists of 20 to 30 aligners.
The final fourth step, of course, involves wearing the aligners. These aligners should be worn at all times, except during eating and drinking. The patient should also regularly visit the dentist, who will check the progress of the aligners and provide the patient with the next set in the series.
Little by little, the results of Invisalign will show and eventually transform into a beautiful, straight smile. The teeth will slowly migrate towards their right places. The process is not as painful as braces, but can be just as effective – and of course, completely invisible to the eye.