Invisalign treatment is an alternative to traditional orthodontic braces where a set of clear trays are custom made for your mouth using computer software and work towards the alignment of your teeth. Invisalign is a great option for the student or professional with an active social life; it is the least conspicuous and probably the most convenient of all orthodontic treatment. Invisalign usually works best when there is a minimal amount of misaligned teeth, so consult with Acharya Dental today to find out if this is a suitable treatment option for you.
Will aligners/Invisalign work on my teeth?
Aligners work well for teens and adults. Like other types of braces, aligners work by gradually moving the teeth to the desired position. This is achieved by wearing a series of aligners, each for a certain period of time, the specifics of which will be advised by the specialist after a thorough clinical examination.
What is the procedure followed for aligner treatment?
Following a discussion with the orthodontist about your expectations of treatment, a detailed clinical evaluation will be done. X- rays, photographs and dental scans are used to assess your teeth and jaw position. The progress of the movement of your teeth will be shown to you on the computer screen. If you are satisfied with the final predicted appearance of your teeth, the orthodontist approves the treatment and the aligners are delivered to you in one month by your orthodontist at Acharya Dental.
How visible are aligners to another person?
Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are completely transparent. People generally do not notice them. You can see them if observed very carefully in well lit conditions.
For how many hours do I need to wear aligners in a day?
The aligners must be worn for a period of 22 hours a day at a minimum. The aligners need to be removed while eating and brushing your teeth.
Do aligners cause any discomfort?
When a new set of aligners is worn, mild discomfort is felt which lasts for the first few hours. This is described by most patients as mild pressure on the teeth, which disappears as the teeth adapt to the new aligners.
What is the duration of the treatment? Is it faster or slower than
The duration of the treatment varies from patient to patient. Duration of the treatment will be explained in detail by our specialist after a complete clinical examination. Aligners can be faster than braces in certain cases as multiple teeth movements can be facilitated simultaneously.
Can I eat wearing aligners? Are there any dietary restrictions?
There are absolutely no dietary restrictions when wearing aligners, unlike conventional braces. This is the biggest advantage of aligners. You can eat whatever you like as you can remove the aligners and eat comfortably. Aligners have to be removed while eating. Liquids can be consumed while wearing aligners.
Are aligners very expensive?
The aligner cost depends on the number of trays required to align your teeth. The number of trays needed can be determined after a clinical examination and a scan of your teeth using the aligner software. The cost of Invisalign and other aligners solutions are very affordable, and patients are increasingly choosing this option as aligner treatment does not affect their lifestyle.
How often do I need to come for follow-up visits to Acharya Dental?
You must visit the specialist at least once every 3- 5 months during the course of treatment for follow- up visits. This is done to ensure that the teeth movement occurs as predicted by the software. The team at Acharya Dental will ensure that you are reminded about these follow up visits, and also ensure that your teeth are in great condition during the course of the aligner treatment.
How do I maintain the aligners? What are the oral hygiene
specifications I need to follow when wearing aligners?
Following are simple instructions you must follow when using aligners:
- Rinse aligners with water whenever you remove them.
- Do not use hot water to clean aligners.
- Clean the aligner with soap. Do not use tooth paste to clean them. A soft brush can be used to clean the aligners.
- Place the aligner in the box provided when it is not in your mouth.
- You must brush and floss your teeth before you wear the aligners.