Invisalign is a modern treatment for straightening your teeth in a discreet and virtually invisible method. More than four million people have experienced Invisalign’s “clear braces” technique that eschews the use of traditional braces comprising of wires and brackets.
If you are unsure about the benefits of Invisalign or how the system compares with the traditional orthodontic treatment, this article may be able to answer some of the more pertinent questions surrounding the modern alternative.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign combines advanced 3D imaging with CAD/CAM technology in a breakthrough teeth-straightening system. From the initial to the desired position of your teeth, the computer-aided system is able to automatically design a precise treatment plan for you. Besides the complete treatment plan, the fully digital system is able to fabricate custom-made aligners based on your teeth’s exact measurements. Each set of aligners (upper/lower jaw) is designed to be worn on your teeth for approximately two weeks or so before it is replaced with a new set in the series. The clear aligners will gradually be working to move your teeth – using minute forces – to their desired position.
Why are the Invisalign Braces Made of Plastic?
One of the features that make Invisalign so popular lies in the custom-made removable aligners. Made from clear plastic, the aligners provide an aesthetic option to wearing metal braces. More importantly, the aligners allow the appearance-conscious patient to undergo their treatment without attracting unwanted attention to their mouth – due to the inconspicuous nature of the wearable appliance.
Do I Need to Avoid Particular Types of Foods While Using Invisalign Aligners?
The fact that the aligners are removable also means that you can eat and drink all of the foods you enjoy. With metal braces, you tend to avoid foods that may get stuck in the crevices of the appliance or even compromise its physical structure.
Cleaning your teeth is also less of a chore. Simply remove the aligners and you also get to brush and floss as you normally would. Of course, you would need to keep the aligners on for at least 22 hours a day for optimum straightening effect.
Do all Dentists Provide Treatment with Invisalign?
The short answer is ‘no’. All Invisalign dentists are required to undergo clinical training before they are certified trained Invisalign providers. Some dentists further take part in continuing education courses in order to be recognized as a ‘Preferred Provider’. There are different categories of certification for Invisalign providers: Platinum; Platinum Elite; and Diamond. The difference in accreditation has to do with the number of Invisalign cases the particular dentist or practice has completed. This also reflects the experience and performance of the particular accredited dentist.
Finally, a dentist with higher accreditation does not necessarily the treatment will cost more. If you happen to live in Sydney and wish to find out what Invisalign with Dr Luke Cronin contact Quality Dental Sydney on (02) 9922 1159. To find out more about this top cosmetic dental clinic, visit www.qualitydental.com.au.