In this post, our Nanaimo dentists talk about the science behind Invisalign clear aligners and how they can make your teeth straighter.
How Invisalign Works
Clear aligners are a series of custom-made, transparent, and removable clear aligner trays that work to help resolve orthodontic issues. They accomplish this by moving teeth in tiny increments into prescribed positions, as specified in a custom treatment plan developed by your dentist.
Over the last decade, they’ve been a popular treatment for adults and teens who want to straighten their teeth discreetly, without the wires and brackets that come with traditional metal braces.
You Need To Be a Suitable Clear Aligners Candidate
The first step of the process is to find out whether you are a candidate for clear aligners. At your consultation appointment, your dentist will complete an exam, which includes taking digital X-rays, photos of your teeth, dental impressions, and a bite registration (to find out how your upper and lower teeth fit together).
This process is key to finding out whether your issue can successfully be treated with clear aligners.
Clear Aligners Treats Orthodontic Problems Effectively
After your dentist examines your smile and takes impressions of your teeth, your aligners will be made to treat specific orthodontic issues. Dentists have used Invisalign to successfully treat patients with:
- Gapped teeth
- Open bite
- Crooked teeth
- Sleep apnea
- Teeth grinding
Just like each patient’s teeth are unique to them, each individual case is different. Your specific treatment time and other factors in your treatment plan may vary depending on which teeth must be moved, and by how much. It can take longer to move some teeth than others due to their position in your mouth.
Depending on your needs and preferences, removable custom clear aligners can offer an aesthetic and comfortable alternative to fixed appliances such as braces, when it comes to orthodontic treatment.
Clear Aligners Promote Optimal Oral Health & Hygiene
When brushing and flossing to keep your teeth - and your aligners clean - during treatment, you’ll be diligently brushing away plaque and bacteria that can get stuck between your aligners and your teeth, leading to cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.
A key player in the success of your clear aligners treatment is your commitment to excellent oral hygiene - and working with your dentist to follow the treatment plan and minimize opportunities for plaque to take hold.
Clear Aligners Treatment Can Be Shorter Than Other Methods
Another benefit of clear aligners is that you’ll spend less time in your dentist’s office - and more time enjoying your straighter smile.
Clear aligners don't typically need regular adjustments or tightening, and you should only have to see your dentist every couple of months to check in on your progress and ensure your treatment is going to plan.
Clear Aligners Treatment Has Limitations
While there are lots of advantages to clear aligners treatment, not all orthodontic problems can be corrected with this option. Large overbites, severe rotations, some molar issues, and other problems may require another orthodontic treatment option.
If your case cannot be treated with Invisalign, your dentist can help you find another option that will work for you, such as traditional metal braces.