Patients undergoing invisalign treatment are invariably excited to see their teeth movement. Straightening the teeth is never a child’s play that you can achieve without much effort and planning. Rather it involves significant investment of time, money and commitment to secure expected treatment results. Considering all the things that are involved it is obvious that patients track their teeth movement at regular intervals. In this practical scenario it is not exactly surprising that from time to time patients keep complaining that their invisalign procedure is not tracking as per the customised treatment plan.
It is indeed frustrating when invisalign fails to work. Thankfully it is possible to bring back those problematic cases back on track with little extra effort and attention. In the following sections of the blog post let us explore few common factors that prevent invisalign move along the right track to deliver desired and timely results. The discussion also covers what you can do in such cases to get everything back on the track.
First lets us start with invisalign tracking. What exactly is it?
Clear aligner tracking – Before getting into the topic in hand let us first get a clear view of how this revolutionary tooth movement actually works and what exactly is teeth tracking? As in any orthodontic treatment invisalign too cannot give you straightened teeth overnight. Rather gradual and successive force is applied on the teeth to make them move to their new and desired position. In the next step force is applied to retain them in their new position. As far as every new set of trays is concerned the process of gradual movement of the teeth is repeated every time until your desired smile is achieved.
Orthodontists use highly sophisticated systems involving digital technology and 3D graphics software to design your customised treatment plan based on your unique needs and expectations. The high-end software makes a precision replica of the size, shape of position of the teeth in your mouth to define how they will gradually be moved in their new positions to facilitate more beautiful smile. The treatment plan is flexible in the sense if anything goes wrong at any point of time during the course corrections are possible. Moreover finer changes or adjustments are also possible to add to show your ideal smile after the treatment procedure gets over.
Here are a few common reasons that throw the clear braces treatment out of track.
Individual differences cannot be predicted or taken into account beforehand
The invisalign digital technology scans through thousands of scenarios or even more to design your tailored treatment plan. In that process of tailoring it takes common variables into consideration but cannot or fails to predict individual differences beforehand. These individual differences spring up from your body’s particular response to the cutting-edge teeth straightening treatment. To put it in simpler words, some teeth are more stubborn than the rest. If those teeth do not toe in line according to your treatment plan, movement of the other teeth is also affected.
Citing an example here will be even more helpful. The lateral incisors are the most stubborn teeth to move even when metal braces are applied. (What are lateral incisor? The small teeth that are placed right next to the two front teeth are by that name.) if your mouth has stubborn teeth your invisalign dentist is more likely to give you the attachments (also called buttons) to bring those teeth to their new positions so that the overall treatment goes according to the customised treatment plan. The invisalign buttons or attachments are worn over the stubborn or less affected teeth so that rubber bands can be anchored on those to apply excess force to encourage them to move.
Your teeth are colliding during treatment
Do you have any experience of travelling in mass public transport during rush hours? If you do then you can easily recall how difficult it is for the crowd of travellers to squeeze through an open entrance. It takes considerable amount of grinding, bumping and shuffling before you can get on board. The clear transparent braces are also known to create the same crowding situation inside your mouth although in a much lower scale. It is likely that two teeth inside the mouth may collide with each other to throw the customised treatment plan to trashes. In such circumstance An invisalign dentist relies on the IPR or inter proximal reduction. The in-office procedure involves reshaping of the teeth to avoid collision. This is not only safe but also one of the most effective ways to make space inside the mouth to encourage the teeth to get straightened.
You are not meeting the 22 hours of wearing every day
Even the committed patients find it hard to comply with the need of wearing the clear braces for at least 22 hours every day. The truth is wearing it so long day in and day out is not easy by any means. What is even worse is the fact the flexibility the revolutionary teeth straightening procedure offers for two hours a day can leave the teeth crooked even after the treatment gets over. This is why the procedure requires refinements and corrections in the middle of the treatment.
You are not on your chewing exercises these days
The aligners guide the teeth to move to their new positions. Every time the trays are seated they exert force to keep pushing the teeth into the new positions. Thus the journey from the first tray in the set to the last is nothing much shorter of a number game. Every time you swallow the teeth come together as the trays get tightened. Every time the teeth are clenched whether from stress or determination, the teeth are tightened. However both swallowing and clenching exert force on the molar teeth and not on the front ones. You need chewing exercise to exert force on your front teeth. Perform the exercise no more than 3 to 5 times a day for also 3 to 5 minutes each time. This certainly helps attain more desirable as well as predictable results.
Braces are not clean and clear enough
Keeping your invisalign braces clean and clear must be your top priority throughout the treatment phase. From hygiene perspective it reduces the chances of caries or cavities, plaque build-up and gum diseases. How do you clean it in the proper way? Invisalign providers all over the world suggest never to wash the clear plastic trays with hot water. That way the trays lose tensile strength and get wrapped. Even if the changes to the trays are not visible to the eyes but the damage is done and as a result your treatment plan goes out of track.