Straight teeth offer you many benefits including a beautiful smile and the ease of maintaining your oral health. If you do not have straight teeth, you can get treatment that will suit your lifestyle. You can get your teeth straightened no matter how old you may be. The days when you had to walk around with a silver smile due to metal braces are long gone. There are many other options of straightening crooked teeth that are available today. Invisalign is a great way of having your teeth straightened discreetly so that others will not notice that you are under treatment.
Invisalign is a teeth straightening treatment that makes use of clear plastic aligners. Unlike metal braces which can be quite uncomfortable due to the friction that is felt on the tongue and cheeks, the aligners are smooth and are therefore comfortable when worn. The aligners are removable and you can remove them when eating, drinking liquids other than water and when brushing and flossing your teeth. You can therefore continue eating the foods that you were consuming before the treatment. Maintaining your oral health will also not be a problem since you can thoroughly brush your teeth when you remove the aligners.
How Invisalign Works
If you are interested in the Invisalign treatment, you need to book an appointment with an Invisalign provider. Not all orthodontists offer Invisalign treatment since the providers have to go through a special training in order to avail the treatment to patients. The Invisalign provider will examine your teeth to confirm whether or not the treatment can work for you.
Once it is determined that you are a good candidate for the treatment, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth. He will also take photos and x-rays of your teeth and will use these details to create a treatment plan using Invisalign software.
The doctor can also use a scanner to take images of your teeth. The software will create a 3D image of your teeth and you will be able to see how your teeth will appear during each stage of the treatment. You will also get to see how your teeth will appear after the treatment and you will get to know how long the treatment will take.
Aligners are then created as per the treatment plan and they are sent to your doctor. You can then commence the Invisalign treatment.
Monitoring The Treatment Progression
Your doctor will normally provide you with a current set of aligners which you will wear during the appointment. He will also give you the next set of aligners which you should wear after one or two weeks depending on your condition.
The doctor will ask you to come in for an appointment normally after every six weeks. During this appointment, the progress of the treatment is reviewed and any adjustments to the treatment plan are made to ensure that you get the best results. You will be required to wear the aligners for at least twenty two hours a day so as not to prolong your treatment period.
Cleaning The Aligners
You will need to brush your teeth after every meal before wearing the aligners. The aligners can be cleaned by gently brushing them and rinsing in lukewarm water.
Dr William Huynh is a dentist at Be Well Dental who is widely experienced in the provision of Invisalign treatment for straightening teeth. Please visit the website for more information.