Are You Considering Invisalign? Here is What You Need to Know 

Are You Considering Invisalign? Here is What You Need to Know 

March 2, 2021

Misaligned and crowded teeth not only affect your smile but also damage oral health. When you have crowded teeth, it can make it hard for you to clean the teeth and increase the risk of dental decay. Fixing these dental imperfections is important to your oral health. Fortunately, we have several orthodontic devices that can help reposition the teeth.

Although traditional braces are the ideal solution for repositioning the teeth, Invisalign® in Salem, MA, can also move the teeth and correct the position. These aligners are ideal for people looking for subtle orthodontic treatment.

What are Invisalign Braces?

Invisalign braces are invisible aligners made of a thermoplastic material that is clear and gentle to the teeth. These aligners are customized to fit your precise dental structure. The treatment involves the use of a set of aligners to reposition the teeth.

How Does Invisalign Differ from Metal Braces?

Invisalign and metal braces perform a similar function; repositioning of the teeth. However, they are different in appearance and duration of treatment.

  • Appearance

Metal braces are fixed aligners that are made of wires. These wires and brackets are fixed on top of the teeth. This process is done at the dental office. During the treatment, you’ll need to visit the dentist in Salem for adjustment of the wires. The problem with these braces is that they are visible and the wires can bruise the gums and soft tissues.

Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic that is gentle on the gums. Also, they are removable and they make it easy for you to maintain your oral health.

  • Treatment time

Metal braces tend to move the teeth and also the roots. This will lengthen the treatment time. Also, these braces are ideal for severe malocclusion and that can also affect the duration. On average the treatment may last for two years.

Invisalign aligners, on the other hand, are mostly used for people with mild to moderate dental imperfections. This means that the treatment will last for a short period. Generally, the treatment can last for 10 to 18 months.

Who Needs Invisalign?

These teeth aligners are ideal for adults and teenagers who are looking for convenient and less conspicuous dental braces. The teeth straightening tools also need high standards of hygiene and discipline to be successful.

How is The Treatment Done?

Invisalign treatment is done in phases:

  • Mapping and planning

The first dental visit is for examination and planning. The dentist will do a series of tests including x-rays to check the condition of the teeth and the bone support. Next, he will use a 3D digital scan to take a precise impression of the teeth for making the braces.

You will be able to see a preview of the expected results after the treatment is done.

It can take a few weeks to get the braces back. The dentist may schedule an appointment to check the fit.

  • Treatment process

You will receive a set of aligners at the beginning of the treatment. The dentist will give you a new set every 1 to 2 weeks. For effective results, you’ll be required to wear each aligner for 22 hours daily, 14 days a set. Each aligner will move the teeth gradually around 0.3 mm and that is why you need a series of them.

  • Retention phase

The treatment duration will differ based on the severity of the problem. However, after the treatment is done, the dentist will give you a retainer to keep the teeth in position. Failure to wear it increases the risk of the teeth reverting to the old position. The dentist will share with you the instructions on how to wear the retainer.

Is Invisalign Aligner Painful?

No. But, when you wear the aligner, and every time you change the aligner, you will feel pressure and discomfort. This discomfort does not last for long and, therefore, you don’t need medication.

How to Care for Your Aligners?

You need to practice proper dental hygiene to maintain the Invisalign, here are some tips:

  • Rinse the mouth and aligners every day to remove any plaques and stuck food particles.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean the braces.
  • Remove the aligners when eating and drinking

Schedule an Appointment

Visit Mass by Dental clinic for more information about Invisalign treatment.

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