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Invisalign has become an increasingly popular teeth-straightening treatment ever since its introduction in 2002. Considered a more comfortable alternative to traditional metal brackets, this system is favored by many adult patients in particular.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment is a set of 3D-printed plastic aligners which are designed according to the exact treatment requirements of each individual patient. The manufacturing process uses sophisticated computer imaging technology to produce a series of clear plastic moulds. Your orthodontist will place the first set of aligners into your mouth. Approximately two weeks later, the first one is taken out and the next clear aligner placed. Each of these devices are designed to move the teeth to the desired position slowly over time, millimeter by millimeter.
What Problems Can Invisalign Fix?
Invisalign can be an effective treatment option for fixing:
- Gaps between teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Minor cases of underbite, crossbite or overbite
How Painful is the Treatment?
The treatment with Invisalign is virtually pain free. Some minor discomfort is experienced by some patients, but is easily managed by OTC pain-killers. You will definitely feel some pressure, but this is perfectly normal; in fact, it is a sign that the treatment is working. Whenever a new set of aligners is placed, you may feel pressure. As long as it is not painful there is nothing to worry about. If you notice your gums become red or swollen, notify your dentist as there might be an infection that needs to be dealt with quickly.
How Often Do I Have to Wear Invisalign?
Unlike traditional orthodontic brackets or braces, Invisalign aligners are removable. You can remove them while eating and brushing, but you will need to make sure that you wear your aligners at least 20 hours every day.
How Long Does the Treatment Take?
The treatment consists of a series of clear aligners which move teeth by .25 to .33 millimeters so the exact treatment time depends on each individual case and compliance with the treatment protocol. Usually, the total treatment takes an average of 12-13 months.
Do I Need to Make any Dietary/Lifestyle Changes?
You don’t need to make much changes except:
- Clean your teeth thoroughly after every meal before you put your aligners back in.
- Brush and floss to remove all food particles.
- Avoid smoking during the entire duration of treatment.
- Avoid chewing gum.
How Do I take Care of the Aligners?
You have to keep the aligner trays clean. Each time you brush your teeth, also clean your aligners. Use your regular toothpaste and toothbrush to gently clean the inside and outside.
There are special cleaning crystals manufactured by the company, but these are expensive and not available outside the US. Another option is to use an ultrasonic cleaning device; however, no special devices or solutions are really needed.
How Much Does it Cost?
The typical cost of the entire treatment is between $3,500 and $8,000 depending on how many aligners are needed.
Contact Dr. Stephen Moore, DDS, at Grand View Family and Cosmetic Dentistry by calling 920-996-0123 for a consultation and cost estimation of your planned treatment.
Am I a Viable Candidate for Invisalign?
Most minor to average cases of overcrowding can be treated with Invisalign. It is a perfectly safe treatment with minimal risks. However, if you have an extreme case of jaw misalignment or severe overbite, underbite or crossbite, traditional orthodontic treatments might be a better option. It is best to consult with a doctor to determine your options.
Consult with the experts at Grand View Family and Cosmetic Dentistry about your case. Dr. Stephen Moore, DDS, and his team of highly-qualified specialists will ensure that you get the care you need to help you achieve that winning smile.
Feel free to get in touch with us and make an appointment by phone at 920-996-0123 or send us an email. The contact information is available in our Contact Us Page and is reproduced below for your convenience.
Grand View Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
381 South Kools Street, Appleton, WI 54914