How Does Invisalign Work?

With modern advances in technology orthodontic treatments have become more convenient and more accessible to wider a range of people. Historically, orthodontics was only offered to children is often in the form of fixed train track metal braces. In more recent years adults have begun to have orthodontics also but because of their high-profile jobs, public lives and desire to look good all of the time these metal train track braces are falling out of favour.

The company which now produces Invisalign noticed this in the market and came up with an innovative new solution, clear braces which are removable, comfortable and can achieve the desired result without anyone else knowing!

Why would you want straighter teeth?

Clearly, the reason most people give is because they want to look better, this is often the driving factor for most patients but there is a dental health reason also. Whenever you clean your teeth it is important that you clean adequately in between them. You may have used disclosing tablets in the past and noticed that the areas of your teeth which are most affected by plaque buildup are in between them. This is why using dental floss or interdental brush is absolutely vital during your daily dental health routine.

If you have crooked teeth you may find it difficult to use these interdental brushes and may also find it awkward to get the floss between teeth. For this reason, people with crooked teeth often don’t manage to clean adequately in between them which can give rise to oral health problems, gum disease and even the more serious periodontitis which can ultimately result in tooth loss.

Straighter teeth really can be healthy teeth!

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic aligner. It is a clear plastic tray which fits precisely over your teeth. At the beginning of the procedure you will have a dental impression taken this will be sent to Invisalign who will scan it into the computer. From this digital scan, they will then be able to create your new smile by moving the teeth around digitally on the screen. This digital result is then e-mailed back to the dentist where you can see how you will look before you begin your treatment.

You will have the opportunity to comment on the final position of your teeth and make adjustments in conjunction with your dentist if required. Once you are happy the orthodontic aligners will then be made.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign works by digitally recreating your smile. The software calculates how far each tooth needs to move, in what direction and by how much it needs to be rotated in order to end up with the result you want. The software then knows how many steps to break this movement down into. For each of these steps, an aligner is made. The software calculates every tooth individually and creates an overall aligner which fits over all of your teeth in one go.

Each aligner is typically worn for around two weeks gently moving your teeth in the correct direction by applying pressure to them. Once your teeth have moved you will replace this aligner with a new one which will then continue the movement process. You simply replace your aligner with the next one in the series until your teeth reach their final destination.

When you initially have your scans and diagnostic work done the software will tell you how long the whole procedure will take on this can then be discussed with your dentist.

Is Invisalign painful?

Generally speaking, the answer is no. We do however need to put pressure on your teeth in the correct direction to move them, this pressure can sometimes feel slightly uncomfortable but most patients would not describe it as painful. You will find that whenever you replace your aligners with the new one this pressure increases for a few days, it will then slowly ease off as your teeth move into the new position. This whole process will be repeated every two weeks when you change your aligner.

Will people know that I’m wearing braces?

No. The braces are completely clear and almost imperceptible to the human eye. It is only if you look extremely closely at your teeth that you can see that there is a clear covering to them, in normal conversation and in normal use no one will ever know that you have Invisalign.

Can I eat with Invisalign?

No. This is one of the advantages of having a removable orthodontic appliance. Fixed orthodontics can sometimes be difficult to eat with as food gets caught in the brackets and wires, because you can remove Invisalign this problem doesn’t arise. You simply just need to clean your teeth after you have eaten and then pop your Invisalign aligners back in again.

How long do I need to wear Invisalign for each day?

You need to wear your clear braces for around 20 hours per day, removing them only to clean them and to eat.

What would happen if you had Invisalign?

This is the final question you need to ask yourself before going ahead with Invisalign braces. What will it help you to do or to achieve in your life? Would you feel more confident? Would you feel more attractive? Perhaps your primary goal is to be able to clean your teeth better and have a healthy smile.

Invisalign really is a life-changing dental option for crooked or misaligned teeth, see what these people have to say.

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The Dental Centre London is a central London-based dentist in Euston, offering a range of cosmetic and dental health solutions. Please call 020 7679 7186 to request your appointment.