Traditional braces have long been utilized to several dental problems with great success. However, there are a few drawbacks to this dental treatment.
For one, the brackets and wires used in metal braces can make it awkward for people, especially teens and young adults who are conscious about their looks. Wearing conventional braces also means that you have to pay attention to the food you eat, which can dislodge the brackets. Brushing and flossing may also be a challenge if you wear metal braces.
As such, Invisalign has positioned itself as an alternative to metal braces, offering the same advantages (and more) without the usual associated hassles. These clear aligners can be used to treat dental problems like crowded teeth, crossbite, underbite and overbite. On top of that, these aligners can be removed, making cleaning easier. Plus, you can eat almost anything that you want. The aligners are virtually invisible.
Thinking about getting Invisalign? A Chicago dentist provides an overview of what to expect from Invisalign:
Before undergoing the actual treatment, you will need to engage in a consultation with your dentist first. During this consultation, your dentist will evaluate whether you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign or another treatment would be more suitable for your dental condition.
If you are an ideal candidate for Invisalign, your dentist will take images of your teeth using X-rays, impressions and photographs. These images will be used in the fabrication of the clear aligners. Using a specialized software, the dentist can show you the projected progress of the treatment as well as the intended end result.
With Invisalign, a patient gets three to four sets of clear aligners at a time and these aligners need to be replaced every two weeks. When you visit your dentist to get your first set of aligners, he or she may use special fasteners which are temporarily bonded onto your teeth. This will allow you to clip your aligners into place.
Once you use a new set of aligners, you may feel some discomfort because these have been designed and fabricated with your two-week progress in mind. Once you approach that two-week period, you will notice that the discomfort dissipates
Although Invisalign is removable, you should wear your aligners for up to 22 hours a day. You can remove your aligners while eating or cleaning your teeth but you need to replace these at once.
You will also need to visit your dentist every six to eight weeks so that he or she can evaluate the progress of your treatment and make the necessary adjustments.