Invisalign® is a highly popular modern orthodontic treatment used to properly align the teeth and bite. While past orthodontic treatments required the use of bulky metal brackets and wires, Invisalign® can achieve similar end results and retention rates using a clear aligner system. These aligners are fabricated from Invsialign’s patented SmartTrack material, which provides the perfect fit and amount of force needed for effective results. These discrete and comfortable aligners make Invisalign® an ideal choice for teen and adult orthodontic treatment.
Did You Know?
Although many people value Invisalign® for their discreet aligners, there is so much more to Invisalign® treatment. For starters, Invisalign® uses the latest technology to improve both the efficiency of the aligners and their patient’s overall orthodontic experience.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for Invisalign®?
You may be a candidate for Invisalign® if you have:
- Crooked teeth
- Overlapping teeth
- Gaps between the teeth
- Open bite
Invisalign® is able to be used for phase I orthodontic treatment in children, as well as for phase II orthodontic treatment for teens and adults. However, severe cases may require another type of orthodontic treatment. To determine if you are an ideal candidate for Invisalign®, schedule an evaluation with your Lakewood Ranch Invisalign® dentist today.
What can I expect when being evaluated for Invisalign®?
When you are evaluated for Invisalign®, you can expect to have your dentist examine your teeth and bite. You can also expect that they will use an iTero scanner, which is a small wand. The scanner will be inserted into your mouth to obtain the same type of information as a dental impression. By taking about 6,000 images per second, the scanner will then compile this information into a single 3-D image of your mouth. This information is then used with Invisalign®’s ClinCheck software to determine your eligibility and predict your final results. This software can also predict how long your treatment is expected to last and how many aligners will be needed.
What can I expect when undergoing Invisalign® treatment?
When undergoing Invisalign® treatment, you can expect to wear your clear aligners for a minimum of 22 hours a day. For the best treatment results, your aligners should only be removed when eating, drinking colored beverages, brushing, and flossing. You can also expect to progress to a new aligner approximately every 1-2 weeks. However, you will only need to check in with your Invisalign® dentist every 6-8 weeks. This is because your dentist will provide you with multiple new aligners and their instructions every appointment. Nevertheless, appointments are still necessary for your dentist to make sure the treatment plan is working properly.
Does Invisalign® hurt?
There can be some minor discomfort or soreness when starting Invisalign® treatment or when progressing to a new aligner. However, this usually only lasts a day or two and can be easily managed with over the counter pain medications, if needed. Most people report Invisalign® being generally comfortable, especially when compared to traditional wire braces.
How long does treatment with Invisalign® last?
On average, treatment with Invisalign® lasts about a year and a half. However, the length of your treatment will depend on your individual case, as well as your ability to adhere to wearing the aligners. Not wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours a day can cause your treatment to take longer.
Will I need a retainer after Invisalign® treatment?
Yes, a retainer will be required after undergoing active orthodontic treatment with Invisalign®. However, Invisalign® offers their Vivera retainer, which is just as comfortable and discreet as their clear aligners.