Invisalign has become an extremely popular way to straighten teeth. It's certainly easy to understand its appeal: it offers clear, removable orthodontic aligners that make the entire treatment process easier and more comfortable than traditional braces. But, does it actually work?
Yes, Invisalign works, although there are some limitations to what it can fix.
Here's what you need to know.
Invisalign works quite similarly to metal braces. The aligners apply controlled force to your teeth to gradually move them into the desired position.
The aligners are custom-made after the dentist takes impressions of your mouth with a 3D camera. This way, the dentist can map out the exact movements they want your teeth to make and create a personalized treatment plan.
You will have to change your aligners periodically as the treatment progresses and your teeth are shifting. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to your teeth's position, bringing them closer to the beautiful smile you always wanted.
Invisalign can help you fix a wide variety of dental alignment and bite issues:
You should keep in mind, though, that although Invisalign can treat a wide range of orthodontic issues, severe and complex cases may require traditional braces or even surgery. Dr. Leah R. Luck can help you find out if Invisalign is the right treatment for you and make recommendations based on your case.
As we said, Invisalign can help treat a variety of dental issues. However, the success of your Invisalign treatment, like any other treatment, will depend on two things: your compliance with the treatment plan and the dentist's experience.
For the treatment to work as intended, you must wear the aligners for 20-22 hours a day and get a new set every one or two weeks. You also need to attend all your appointments so the dentist can monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments.
You can only take the aligners off when eating, drinking anything other than water, and brushing your teeth. You also have to pay more attention to your diet. Hot liquids, for example, can alter the shape of the aligners while coffee can stain the trays. You can still have these items but make sure to take the aligners off and brush your teeth after to remove any food particles.
You should also look for a dentist near you who has experience with Invisalign and can develop a comprehensive treatment plan that's tailored to your needs. This includes taking a detailed look at your teeth and jaw, mapping out the desired movements of your teeth, and creating a series of custom aligners that can effectively move your teeth over time.
Lastly, you need to be aware that after the treatment is completed, you will need to wear a retainer at night to prevent your teeth from slowly shifting back to their old position.
Schedule an appointment with Luck Family Dental and Dr. Leah R. Luck can help you find the right orthodontic treatment for you.
Contact us now to book your appointment.