Invisalign is a form of orthodontics that involves a series of clear plastic aligners that slowly straighten your teeth and correct your bite. Invisalign works by using the trays’ force on “attachments” that are bonded onto your teeth to move your teeth slowly and effectively. The attachments are small little bumps of plastic resin that are bonded to the front of certain teeth. The attachments are tooth-coloured to blend in with the natural colour of your teeth. The treatment length and the cost will depend on the work to be done. All the essential information will be discussed with you prior to treatment at your consult.
How is Invisalign Made?
Before treatment starts, you will have dental impressions taken of your teeth, which are sent to an Invisalign lab. The lab will create a customized digital treatment plan and fabricate a series of Invisalign aligner trays. The number of trays in your treatment plan is based on how much movement must be achieved. You will see your dentist or orthodontist every 4 to 6 weeks to monitor the results and get the next set of aligner trays.
Important Invisalign Facts
- Maintaining excellent oral hygiene during your Invisalign treatment is vital. Ensure that you brush at least twice daily and floss daily too. Try to brush after eating and before you wear your trays again.
- Use a fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash to prevent cavities.
- Wear the aligner trays at least 20 to 22 hours a day, and only remove them when eating and brushing your teeth.
- Clean the aligner trays with warm water. Hot water could warp the trays.
- Invisalign is a great option for most cases, including if you’ve already had braces before and notice some shifting.
- The aligner trays are made of a special type of thermoplastic material created specifically for Invisalign.
It is important to discuss with your dentist or orthodontist about what kind of outcome you hope to achieve before starting Invisalign treatment. Outcomes, length of treatment, cost, etc. will all be discussed before beginning treatment. If you believe you may be a candidate for Invisalign or have any questions about it, contact us to schedule an appointment today.