Invisalign is a great solution to most cases of malocclusion. But there are specific questions patients may have about the procedure, which will be addressed in this post.
- How does Invisalign move my teeth? Let’s say you are interested in Invisalign for misaligned teeth. It is normal for you to wonder how the procedure works for teeth movement. This question is worth asking, and the answer is straightforward.
Invisalign is way more comfortable than traditional braces in that it can be removed, looks more appealing, and barely noticeable. Still, it works the same way conventional braces do for teeth realignment. This means that these two treatments correct misshaped teeth by releasing pressure onto the teeth such that they begin to move and eventually get to the proper position. Traditional braces use brackets and wires to reposition the teeth, while Invisalign employs plastic custom aligner trays to achieve this.
Patients using Invisalign get a change of trays every 1 to 2 weeks, and these trays exert different pressure levels following how much movement the teeth are making.
In the course of your Invisalign treatment, which ranges between few months to few years, your teeth will move successfully into the desired position. This changes everything about your smile.
You should know that in the process of moving your teeth with Invisalign, the bones actually hold them in position, else they would fall out. As Invisalign exerts pressure on the teeth for movement, that same pressure is released on these bone structures, giving the teeth the needed space to become straighter. Based on this, teeth movement has to be a gradual process. A quick movement of the teeth won’t allow the bone to readjust with your teeth, and it can bring severe problems in the future.
- Is there any other thing that is involved in the process of moving my teeth with Invisalign? The first one is that your aligner trays have to be a perfect fit for your teeth. The idea of using trays is to guide your teeth into position. So, if the trays don’t wrap around the teeth comfortably, effective realignment won’t occur. This will make treatment with Invisalign braces inefficient and problematic.
After you must have been found eligible for Invisalign via smile assessment, the orthodontist will capture a digital scan of your teeth and use it to create a model. Using this model, your orthodontist can now build specific trays meant for each tooth into a complete set of functional aligner trays. The beauty of this is that every set of aligners moves your teeth to a point from which another aligner set continues until your smile is perfected.
- What is the role of time as regards moving my teeth with Invisalign? Now that you know that having perfectly fitting aligners is essential for correct teeth movement and that the applied pressure causes the movement, the next important factor in this treatment is time. How?
You need to have the aligners in your mouth (around the teeth) for a sufficient period for them to be effective. 22 hours per day of wearing time is what is required for Invisalign trays. The force the aligner trays exert on the teeth needs enough time to act, so you must wear the trays for those recommended hours of the day. The outcome and progress of treatment will be breached when the aligners are not worn for a good amount of time.
It is crucial you comply with the directive for wearing these aligners as achieving results of the treatment lies solely in your hands after receiving your trays. Kindly follow the instructions of your orthodontist.
Stay constantly in touch with your orthodontist
Seeing your orthodontist every 6 to 8 weeks is an integral part of an effective Invisalign treatment. Please keep this top of mind. During these visits, the progress of your aligners will be checked, how they are fitting, if there is or isn’t any alteration, or whether corrections in the middle of the treatment are needed. These are the checks that will ensure you’re getting closer to achieving that great smile.
Would you like to get Invisalign braces in London? You can book an appointment with Cosmetic Dentistry Clinic. Any further questions can be brought forward as we are ever ready to provide answers.