When the dentist at Gallery Dental suggests that you get Invisalign, will you have any idea what they are speaking about? Most will not. But do not worry, this article will simplify this information to understand what it is.
Definition of Invisalign
Invisalign is an almost invisible dental alignment treatment offered by The Gallery Dental Practice. Offering patients a solution for crowded or gappy teeth by using a clear aligner/guide.
Invisalign attachments are small pieces of white filling that give the trays something to push against and move your teeth. Attachments are placed strategically in specific positions and angulations.
In order for Invisalign to be effective, it needs a way to actually contact the surface area of our teeth so they can work on moving them into their proper locations as we straighten out those pearly whites. The strategy is called an ‘attachment’, which just means you have some sort of filler placed onto each tooth where there isn’t anything else going on- like metal brackets or bands already holding everything together. When these fillers come off, the dentist recommends brushing thoroughly before putting another tray back in because this will help clean any food particles stuck in between plates.
When finishing Invisalign treatment, your teeth may be inclined to slip back into their original positions. A retainer is used as a post-treatment option to avoid this from happening and locking in the results you’ve achieved so far.
Retainers come in three different types:
- fixed wire retainers (can’t be taken out),
- Removable clear retainers (similar to braces without metal wires) or
- Hawley retainers which resemble traditional dentures because they can pop off if it’s not fitted correctly around your gums.
When you wear Invisalign IPR, the term ‘interproximal reduction’ refers to shaving away small pieces of enamel from your side teeth surfaces. Usually, this is done without causing any visual difference or damage to the tooth itself.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign is a convenient option as it doesn’t require much cleaning and can be removed to eat food. In addition, the device allows you to maintain your dental appointments at regular intervals, which provides increased convenience by reducing time spent in the clinic or hospital network.
Finally, this treatment has been shown that after two years of use, over 80% of patients achieved an average increase up to 4mm (0.16in) their ideal tooth position without affecting facial form through bone remodeling, creating more attractive smiles with straighter teeth than ever before.
When considering orthodontic and dental care, there are many factors to consider. Orthodontists and dentists know what they’re talking about when it comes to your specific needs and will be able to provide the best recommendation for treatment options. They can give you a better estimate of the price as well as the Invisalign treatment. In deciding on cost savings or convenience, though, ultimately, this is an individual decision that only you can make. All in all, this treatment works well.