Getting a malocclusion treated has gained a lot of prominence over the last few decades, mainly concerning the appearance of one's smile. The advancements in dentistry have given rise to several treatment procedures that are so much more advantageous to patients. One such notable improvement is Invisalign - the nearly invisible dental aligner gaining a lot of popularity lately. Currently, it is regarded as the best orthodontic aligner, owing to the advantages it offers.
What is Invisalign?
Made from transparent plastic material with shape memory, Invisalign is an orthodontic aligner that looks quite similar to a mouthguard or nightguard. Once patients wear the aligner, its walls would gently apply pressure on the teeth and move them to their orthodontically right positions. Perhaps, the best feature about Invisalign is that it would stay under disguise when you put it on rather than being too apparent, such as dental braces.
Invisalign system involves the use of multiple sets of aligners to bring the teeth to their right alignment. During the first visit, we will conduct a thorough diagnosis of the oral cavity to understand the severity of the malocclusion. We also use the data to develop the perfect treatment plan to get rid of your oral concern.
A hand-held scanning device is used to determine the teeth' positions. The data obtained will be input into a computer, where it will be used to create a 3D digital impression of the teeth. The advanced technology backing Invisalign allows the dentist to create a highly creative simulation of the movement of the teeth. Even before the treatment starts, you would know how your smile would look after completing the treatment. This data will be used to make the aligners from a dental-grade transparent plastic material.
Usage of Invisalign
When the treatment starts, the dentist will give you the first set of aligners and explain their usage in detail. The aligners will ideally have to be worn for 22 hours every day. They can only be taken off while eating food or brushing your teeth, meaning they will have to be on even while you sleep. Once every two weeks, a new set of aligners will be given to you to advance to the next stage of treatment. Based on the type of malocclusion and its severity, the treatment may last between a few months to a couple of years.
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