Adults with misaligned teeth have long faced the dilemma of whether to have orthodontic treatment. Correcting misalignment can improve overall dental health, as well as preventing problems such as tooth grinding and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). However, traditional braces can be uncomfortable and unattractive, causing many adults to choose not to pursue treatment.
Invisalign treatment provides a different option in orthodontics that appeals to many adults. Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear plastic aligner trays to gradually adjust the position of the teeth over a period of time. The trays are practically invisible while you are wearing them. They can also be removed for special occasions and while you are eating.
Invisalign treatment is appropriate for many types of misalignment. More severe issues might require traditional orthodontic approaches, so be sure to consult with your dentist to determine if Invisalign is the best choice for you.
How Invisalign Works
Your Invisalign treatment begins in the dental office, where a detailed examination is performed, digital images are taken of your teeth and a series of photos are taken. Using these images, the laboratory will create a series of 3-D scans. These scans called “Clin Check” represent what your teeth look like now, what they should look like after treatment, and all phases in between. From these scans, an offsite dental lab will create your Invisalign trays.
Each individual tray will move your teeth a small amount. After about two weeks, you will switch to the next tray in the sequence. By the time you reach the last tray, your teeth will have moved to their desired position. After treatment is completed, you may need to wear a retainer for a period of time to keep your teeth in position.
While you are wearing the trays, it is important to remove them while you are eating, clean them thoroughly, and be sure to wear them at least twenty-two hours every day. Following these guidelines will help ensure that you receive the best possible results from your treatment.
For information on treatment using Invisalign in Plano, please contact the office of Dr. John M. Hucklebridge who is an Invisalign Preferred Provider.