What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign is a method of orthodontic correction that does not use the traditional orthodontic brackets and wires to straighten teeth. Invisalign uses custom-made clear plastic aligners that snap on to the teeth, are nearly invisible, and can be removed prior to eating or during special occasions. Also, brushing and flossing can occur normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth; and there are no wires, metal or brackets to cause mouth abrasions.
What are Aligners?
Aligners are medical grade polyurethane “trays” that are custom made by Invisalign. They do not contain Bisphenol-A or phthalate plasticizers. The aligners straighten teeth through a series of custom aligners with tooth movement completely specified by Dr. Olson. This is why it is important to utilize the expertise of an orthodontist for Invisalign treatment.
In addition, the accuracy of the Invisalign aligners is greatly improved with the use of a 3-D scanner. Invisalign cases that start with an iTero scan have seven times fewer fit issues than those started with traditional impressions. ClinCheck® treatment plans submitted using iTero scans are typically posted 50% faster to the Invisalign Doctor Site (IDS) than for cases using PVS impressions. Not only that, there are 10 times fewer rejections of iTero scans than traditional impressions.
How does Invisalign® work?
Your first aligner will fit your teeth as they are. You will wear this aligner for two weeks, then switch to the second aligner, which has a small degree of tooth movement built into it. The aligner fits tight at first, but after two weeks, it usually fits very well as your teeth have moved into a new position. This process continues through the remaining aligners until the teeth are straight.
How long will Invisalign® take?
It all depends on the degree of correction needed. The more the teeth need to move, the longer it will take. Invisalign cases are usually kept to those who may treat in 12 – 18 months. Also, compliance is key! If your aligners are not in your mouth, they are not working! Therefore, it takes a highly motivated patient to treat successfully with Invisalign.
At the conclusion of the last aligner, this aligner may be used as a retainer, however, we will usually make you a retainer that will last longer than an Invisalign aligner.
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