The name of this device is conveniently quite self explanatory: invisible alignment! Therefore, you already guessed that it has to do with “secretly” correcting the misalignment of your teeth. It is a discrete way to enhance your smile, yet nobody notices the correction process itself!
Straightening your teeth with Invisalign involves wearing several sets of aligners (also called series) for about two weeks each. The aligners are clear and removable, and no brackets or metal wires are involved in the process.
Each aligner molds the teeth further into a desired shape. It takes about two weeks for an aligner to do its job. You will only remove the clear aligners to brush, floss and eat.
Upon initial examination, your dentist will prescribe the desired final degree of correction for your teeth. Your teeth will gradually move to a more straight position as you replace each aligner with the next in the series. The number of aligners you will wear from the start of the treatment until its end depends on your individual needs, Some patients use 18 aligners within 9 months of therapy, while others may require a series of 30 aligners within 15 months respectively.
Your dentist will schedule periodic office visits every six weeks to be able to check the progress of your Invisalign treatment. It is important that the straightening of your teeth goes as planned and adjust accordingly if the progress is slower or faster than expected.
How Does My Dentist Know what the Final Result Would Be?
When looking for a cosmetic dentist, make sure the professional you choose is well trained in Invisalign. Many dentists are skilled in utilizing the most current three-dimensional (3D) computer imaging technology. Thanks to this technology, your dentist is able to demonstrate the entire treatment process once a plan is developed, from the current position of your teeth to their final planned position.
Furthermore, your dentist will utilize the same 3D computer technology to fabricate your customized series of clear aligners. With each aligner, your teeth will move in incremental steps. As discussed above, each aligner is replaced by the next in the custom series about every two weeks.
Will My Speech Change while Wearing Invisalign?
Different people adapt differently to Invisalign. The most frequently observed change in speech is right at the beginning of the treatment. You may have subtle changes as you replace the aligners every couple of weeks, but as you get used to each aligner, so will your speech.
Will I Feel Pain while Wearing Invisalign?
Mild temporary discomfort immediately upon placement of each new aligner in the series is normal and it is a good indication that the plan is working. The pressure is due to the adjustment process that the new aligner is “imposing” on your teeth. As your teeth get used to the aligners, the discomfort goes away. Remember that, in order for the treatment to work, you will have to wear the aligners for the time prescribed by your dentist, except for when you floss, brush and eat.