Invisalign and clear correct are some of the most popular clear aligners in the world today. Clear aligners, commonly known as clear correct and Invisalign are a type of orthodontic device used to adjust teeth. Invisalign gained a lot of popularity among dentists and patients alike since the early 2000s, as a more comfortable alternative to dental braces.
Dental braces are used in orthodontics to align and straighten the teeth, correcting any crooked teeth, cross bites, deep bites, open bites, overbites and malocclusions.
Over 2.5 million people from all around the world have been treated with Invisalign and around 80.000 dentists have been trained as Invisalign specialists.
Invisalign has several advantages over traditional metal braces:
● Invisalign braces are nearly invisible – patients don’t have to feel self conscious about wearing braces.
● Invisalign braces are detachable – the patient can wear them whenever he or she wishes. This also makes cleaning and flossing much easier than compared to traditional metal braces.
● Invisalign braces have no brackets or wires, so visiting the dentist for continuous adjustments is not necessary.
In the same time it’s worthy to note that not all patients can benefit from Invisalign - others may require traditional orthodontic treatments.
Invisalign is recommended for individuals with one or more of the following:
● Crooked teeth
● Gapped teeth
● Cross bites
● Open bites
Am I Suitable for Invisalign™?
Invisalign braces may not be the best treatment choice for patients with extremely crooked teeth or crooked back teeth.
Preparing for Invisalign™
Patients need to provide their dentists with a dental X-ray before the treatment can begin. Some patients may require other dental work before beginning treatment with Invisalign.
How is Invisalign™ Performed?
The Invisalign dentist will first take polyvinyl siloxane impressions, bite registrations and photographs of the patient’s gums and teeth. The dental impressions are then scanned and a 3D model of the teeth is created. The 3D model is then altered according to the desired results and a special program is used to create the stages between the current and the desired final teeth position. Between 6 and 48 aligners are then created, depending on the needs – each aligner can move teeth from 0.25 to 0.33 millimetres.
1 - 2 days per trip
Number of Trips Abroad
Patients will usually have to make several trips to the dentist
Invisalign treatment usually takes around 13.5 months, including the time needed to create the various aligners used. Each aligner needs to be worn 20 hours a day for two weeks. Treatment time depends on the complexity of the procedure itself and the extent of the orthodontic issues the patient may have. The patient needs to remove the aligner while eating, brushing and flossing – maintaining a good oral hygiene is essential during treatment. Once the Invisalign treatment period is over, the patient will be required to wear the last aligner at night for a period of time.
Invisalign™ Risks and Complications
Invisalign risks and complications can include:
● Increased risk of tooth decay due to Invisalign
● Difficulty speaking
● Lengthier treatment for non-compliant patients
Invisalign™ Side Effects
Invisalign side effects include the following:
● Dental discomfort
● Tenderness of the gums
Invisalign™ Success Rates
Invisalign reviews set the average treatment success rate at 85%.
Before and After Invisalign™
Invisalign results will slowly begin to become apparent after the first month. Invisalign braces need to be worn for a very long period of time – the average duration of the treatment is 13.5 months. Patients need to be careful and follow the Invisalign dentist’s instructions thoroughly. Hot drinks such as tea can warp the Invisalign, making it practically useless. Alcohol and sugary drinks can lead to plaque buildup, so patients need to refrain from them.
Patients may also lose weight during Invisalign treatment – individuals following the treatment usually refrain from any light snacks during the day.