Today, our Burlington dentists explain the science behind clear aligners and how they work to give you a straighter, more aligned smile.
How Invisalign Works
Clear aligners are a series of removable, transparent, and custom-made clear aligner trays that are designed to help correct orthodontic problems. They work to achieve this goal by shifting a patient's teeth in small increments until they reach their prescribed positions, as mapped out in a custom treatment plan that is developed by your dentist.
They have been a popular treatment for teens and adults over the last decade, because they have the ability to discreetly straighten their teeth, without the brackets and wires that come with traditional metal braces.
You Have To Be a Suitable Clear Aligners Candidate
The first step of the process is to find out whether you are a candidate for clear aligners. At your consultation appointment, your dentist will complete an exam, which includes taking digital x-rays, photos of your teeth, dental impressions, and a bite registration (to find out how your upper and lower teeth fit together).
This process is key to finding out whether your issue can successfully be treated with clear aligners.
Clear Aligners Treats Orthodontic Issues Effectively
Once your dentist has evaluated your smile and has taken impressions of your teeth, your aligners will be custom-made so they can help treat your orthodontic condition. Dentists are able to use Invisalign to help treat patients with:
- Gapped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Open bite
- Teeth grinding
- Sleep apnea
Just like each patient’s teeth are unique to them, each individual case is different. Your specific treatment time and other factors in your treatment plan may vary depending on which teeth must be moved, and by how much. It can take longer to move some teeth than others due to their position in your mouth.
Depending on your needs and preferences, removable custom clear aligners can offer an aesthetic and comfortable alternative to fixed appliances such as braces when it comes to orthodontic treatment.
Clear Aligners Promotes Good Oral Health & Hyginehygiene
During your treatment, you will need to diligently brush and floss away plaque and bacteria that can get stuck between your teeth and aligners. By keeping your teeth and aligners clean with brushing and flossing you are helping to prevent the development of cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay.
A large part of successful treatment with clear aligners is the commitment to excellent oral hygiene - and working with your dentist to follow the treatment plan and minimize the chance for plaque to take hold.
Less Time in Treatment with Clear Aligners
Another benefit of clear aligners is that you’ll spend less time in your dentist’s office - and more time enjoying your straighter smile.
Clear aligners shouldn’t require regular adjustments or tightening, and you should only need to visit your dentist every couple of months to check in on your progress and ensure your treatment is going to plan.
Clear Aligners Treatment Limitations
While clear aligners have lots of advantages, they can't treat all orthodontic problems. If you have severe rotations, large overbites, or some molar issue you might require another method of orthodontic treatment.
If your case cannot be treated with Invisalign, your dentist can help you find another option that will work for you, such as traditional metal braces.