Whether you would like to consider Invisalign or are already in the treatment process, it is always important to fully understand the treatment procedure. Here are answers to Invisalign frequently asked questions. This will hopefully give you a full insight and in-depth information about Invisalign and how it works.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is simply an invisible way to straighten teeth and achieve the smiles you have always desired. It uses advanced 3D computer imaging technology that is able to depict your treatment plan. Invisalign treatment is hardly visible — no one is going to notice that you wear these aligners. This makes these aligners fit your lifestyle on a day-to-day basis as you interact with others.
How does Invisalign treatment work?
First, the initial position of your teeth is evaluated, the final desired position is then projected. After this a series of clear aligners are made for your teeth so as to move them bit by bit. Each aligner is worn for a couple of weeks before being replaced by another aligner in the series. The gradual movement is done towards the final position. The procedure of Invisalign treatment will be determined based on your individual needs.
How long will the Invisalign treatment take?
The Invisalign treatment time depends on the extent of work that should be done on your teeth. Different types of teeth will need different periods of straightening. However, for adult patients that wear Invisalign, the aligners are predominantly worn for about one year so as to achieve a full treatment. For teens and children, this time could depend on the amount of time required to grow permanent teeth. During your consultation, you will be fully briefed with detailed information on the amount of time that your Invisalign treatment is going to take.
Can the aligners be removed?
The Invisalign aligners can be removed any time you find them an inconvenience such as when eating, flossing, brushing your teeth or when drinking. However, for optimal results, it is recommended that the aligners be worn for as long as possible, probably throughout the day.
What are some of the benefits of Invisalign?
First, Invisalign aligners are hardly visible, you will be able to use these aligners without anyone taking note of them. Unlike other traditional braces, Invisalign does not use wires or metal brackets. This means that you spend less time with your Invisalign provider for adjustments. They are therefore a better alternative to braces.
Invisalign is also beneficial since it allows you to view your treatment plan and results before you even begin with the treatment. This is done through a 3D optical imagine that evaluates your teeth and projects the expected look after the treatment is complete.
Is Invisalign treatment painful?
The treatment could be may feel slightly uncomfortable to some, but most patients report little to no discomfort. If discomfort will be experienced, it will likely be at the early stages of the treatment after inserting a new aligner. This will be normal and the discomfort is described as a feeling of pressure and not painful. This is simply an indication that the aligners are working perfectly well. The discomfort experienced will disappear after a few days.
Does Invisalign aligners affect speech?
Before getting used to the aligners, you are likely to experience a minor lisp for the first few days. However, once accustomed to the aligners your speech will be perfectly normally.
Are there dental conditions that exclude someone from using Invisalign?
The chances of a dental condition preventing you from taking advantage of Invisalign treatment are slim. However, we will be able to access your dental conditions and determine whether you are fully suitable for the Invisalign treatment.
How much does Invisalign cost and what are the payment options?
In many cases, Invisalign treatment costs are comparable to that of traditional braces. However, like other medical treatments, you should evaluate all the treatment costs based on your needs. Some factors that could vary the costs include the difficulty of your case, the length of your treatment and your treatment goals. At Paramount Dental we offer many payment options as well as affordable monthly treatment plans.
Are retainers necessary after treatment?
Most doctors will recommend that anyone that has completed the orthodontic treatment use retainers to prevent teeth from shifting back to their initial position. Since each case is different, we will ascertain whether you will need post-treatment retainers or not.