When choosing an option for straightening your teeth, it’s important to consider what works best for not only your appearance, but your lifestyle as well. Invisalign is one of the most advanced methods for straightening teeth. This dental appliance is a custom-created aligner designed and constructed for the unique contours of your teeth and only your teeth. The aligners are devised of a smooth & nearly invisible plastic that is as comfortable as they are effective in creating a better smile. Once your orthodontist or dentist plans out your teeth straightening process, Invisalign will gently and over time adjust your teeth into place. Most people will only notice your smile getting better and better.
A typical Invisalign treatment can require 20 to 30 aligners for both upper and lower teeth. Each aligner is usually wore for about 2 weeks and must be worn in sequential order, in order to move the teeth incrementally about .25 millimeters to .33 millimeters. Though the aligners are removable, they should be worn at least 20 hours per day for the repositioning to be successful. Many adults complete their treatment in less than a year. However, the exact time of the treatment will be specified by your dentist or orthodontist.
Invisalign is currently approved for adults and teenagers with permanent teeth that have been completely erupted, and who can also follow the instructions by their dentist for treatment, while using Invisalign. How long the aligners are worn each day, what food or drink is allowed during the treatment, and attending regular dental appointments are only some of the requirements for the Invisalign process. For example, drinking anything other than water while wearing the aligners can damage the integrity of the Invisalign treatment process.
According to researchers and Align Technologies, Invisalign can effectively treat the following minor dental problems:
Overly Crowded Teeth. When the jaw does not provide enough room for all teeth to fit comfortably (one to 5 millimeters).
- Widely Spaced Teeth. When there is too much space between teeth due to abnormal growth or missing teeth.
Overbite/overjet. When upper teeth bite over lower teeth.
Crossbite. When the upper and lower jaw are misaligned, which causes one of more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, on the sides or front of mouth.
- Mild Relapse. When traditional braces have been removed, relapsing tooth movements can occur causing slight misalignments.
- Simple Malocclusions/Bite Irregularities.