Invisalign: Clear Alternative to Braces
When we speak of braces, most people think of the metal ‘railway tracks’ that are all-too-obvious and for which so many of our schoolmates were teased mercilessly when we were kids. But nowadays, there is an almost invisible alternative: Invisalign.
What is Invisialign?
Invisalign aligners are made from clear, medical grade plastic and are customized to fit neatly over the teeth. During the course of your treatment, your trusted Calgary Invisalign specialist will provide you with new aligners every two weeks as your teeth progressively become straighter.
What are the advantages of Invisalign over braces?
Apart from being nearly invisible, there are several additional advantages to bear in mind when considering if this tooth-straightening treatment will be right for you:
- You can remove the aligners when needed – no more food particles getting trapped in brace-wires.
- Brush and floss your teeth in the usual way instead of having to work your way around braces.
- The smooth plastic is comfortable and doesn’t irritate the inside of your mouth as traditional braces often do – no matter how well fitted they may be.
- Eat any foods you like! Wearing metal braces will involve the need to avoid certain foods.
- You won’t have to visit your dentist for regular adjustments – at most you will need to visit the dentist every four to six weeks.
What about veneers?
When your teeth are prepared for veneers, the enamel is removed, weakening your teeth – plus, veneers will usually need to be replaced every 5 – 10 years. And veneers are only a cosmetic solution whereas Invisalign is a permanent solution that gives you naturally straight teeth.
What is the process you will follow?
First up, you will need to find a dentist who is an Invisalign provider. Not all dentists are up to speed with this new technology. Your Invisalign-trained dentist will be able to tell you if Invisalign will work for you and will answer any questions you may have as well as providing a cost estimate for your treatment.
Development of the treatment plan
In order to map your treatment process and determine how long it will take, your dentist will take x-rays and make an impression of your teeth. Using special software, he or she can now make a 3-D digital image of your teeth to assess what needs to be done to straighten them and how the straightening process will be phased.
Get your aligners, and wear a new aligner every two weeks
Based on your personalized information, several custom-made aligners are custom-made to fulfil the requirements of the treatment plan. The aligners gently and slowly push your teeth into the right position. Although they are removable, it is best to wear your aligner for 20 – 22 hours a day. Within two weeks, small changes will already have taken place, and you will be ready for the next set of aligners you got from your dentist.
You will see the gradual improvement in your teeth during the course of treatment, and once you have discarded your last aligner, you will have the straight teeth you always wanted.