Invisalign® FAQs

Aug 01, 2020

Having misaligned and crowded teeth affect both your appearance and dental health. Often, the overcrowded teeth make it hard to clean the hard-to-reach places to remove stuck food particles.

In the past, the traditional form of treatment was the metal braces, which are uncomfortable and visible. However, because of modern dental technology, we have orthodontic devices such as Invisalign. Before seeking out Invisalign treatment near you, here are some of the common Invisalign questions to know about.

1. How is Invisalign Different

Invisalign is different from the metal braces in design. However, the two are similar in function as they both move the teeth into position. Invisalign are invisible braces made from clear, flexible, and medical-grade thermoplastic material.

These braces are customized to fit your dental structure. Their invisible feature makes it ideal for people who crave for a subtle yet effective orthodontic treatment.

2. What Does the Orthodontic Treatment Involve?

Invisalign Treatment in Austin is done in a few easy steps:

  • Mapping of the treatment plan

Our dentist will evaluate your dental structure and the extent of the misalignment on your first dental visit. At times orthodontia may be performed if you have severe overcrowding. Orthodontia is a procedure done to remove excess teeth in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

Using a 3D scanner, the dentist will take an impression of the dental structure and map out the treatment. We also use specialized software to determine the treatment time and pressure to apply to the teeth.

The dental impression is sent to the lab for making the Invisalign braces. After a few days, a fit test scheduled to check the fit and make adjustments needed.

  • The treatments are initiated.

You will receive a set of braces to be worn for 14 days each set. The invisible braces are to be worn for 22 hours daily for effective results. It is crucial to remove the braces when eating to avoid damaging them.

  • The retention phase begins.

After the braces are removed, the dentist will give you a retainer to hold the teeth in position. During the treatment, the ligaments that support the teeth become loose. If left like that, the chances of the teeth reverting to the original position are high. The retainer will help prevent that. The dentist will issue a set of instructions on how to wear and maintain the retainer.

3. Who Can Benefit from Using Invisalign?

Invisalign is ideal for most people. They are a great option for moderate orthodontic treatments such as crossbite, overbite, underbite, and gaps between the teeth.

Invisible braces are recommended for adults. They may not be ideal for children whose teeth have not attained maturity as they may damage the dental structure.

If you have severe dental malocclusion, the dentist may recommend traditional braces.

4. How Long Does the Treatment Last?

Invisalign braces offer faster results than the metal ones. This could be because, unlike the invisible aligners, the metal ones also move the root tissues, which makes the treatment last longer.

Some people report positive results within six months, but on average, the Invisalign treatment in Austin, TX, takes about 18 months.

5. Are There Any Special Instructions?

Yes. Although Invisalign does not limit your diet, you still need to maintain proper dental hygiene.

  • Brush your Invisalign braces every day using a soft toothbrush. Do not use warm water or toothpaste to avoid damaging them.
  • Keep the braces moist at all times to prevent bacterial growth. Store the aligners in the water when you are not wearing them. Also, rinse them before putting them back on.
  • Remove the braces when eating and drinking, but ensure you wear the braces for 22 hours daily.
  • Getting professional and routine dental checkups are also recommended to keep the teeth and gums clean and healthy.

During the treatment, it is crucial to visit the orthodontist every six weeks to monitor the treatment progress.

Schedule an Appointment

Invisalign braces are an ideal option if you want a subtle orthodontic treatment. Visit Lifetime Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry for more information on Invisalign and your eligibility.

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