What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that are printed in a thermoplastic that has been engineered for patient comfort. These aligners are adjusted over time to move your teeth closer and closer into position for your dream smile. They allow patients the freedom of having a brace-free smile while still working toward the smile they’ve always wanted.
This treatment is virtually undetectable to those who don’t already know you have the aligners in place. The aligners are made to fit snugly over your teeth, so there is consistent pressure without any rubbing or moving of excess material. Although Invisalign has a snug fit, it can easily be removed for eating, brushing your teeth, or special occasions. While you’re in Invisalign, you will receive a new set of aligners about every two weeks.
Invisalign is a cutting-edge treatment from start to finish. In order to create a set of aligners that are perfectly crafted to fit the patient, we use high-tech devices that have been created to aid the process. The first step is to take a detailed 3D image of the patient’s mouth and jaw. This picture captures every unique curve and edge of the mouth so that our doctors can accurately assess the needs of the patient as well as create a comprehensive treatment plan.
This 3D image is then used to craft a model of what the desired smile will look like after treatment. This is projected for the patient to see, so they can approve the image and understand what the results of the Invisalign process will look like before they even begin treatment. Once our doctor and patient have decided on a course of action, the first aligners will be created using a 3D printer that prints the appliance using a thermoplastic that provides unfailing comfort. A new set of clear aligners will be printed every two weeks with slight adjustments made to shift the teeth closer to the position shown in the projected desired smile.
While Invisalign may be a newer treatment, it has quickly risen to fame for the comfort and flexibility the set of clear aligners provide. Invisalign, and Invisalign Teen, gives patients the freedom to eat whatever they like and smile without hesitation in a treatment that is more discreet than any other. The aligners are often praised as highly comfortable because they are printed using a special material and shaped to fit the wearers’ teeth snugly to avoid any uncomfortable rubbing. Patients often forget they even have the clear aligners in.
Another benefit of the Invisalign treatment is that the aligners are easily removable. You can take the aligners out and eat whatever you like without any dietary restrictions. You can also take them out to easily clean your teeth, so there are no wires or brackets to interfere with your oral healthcare routine. We know that you don’t always want your corrective treatment to make pictures, so you can also remove the aligners for special occasions and photographs. As long as you wear the aligners for at least 20-22 hours, you have the freedom to remove them whenever you see fit.