Invisalign Dental Treatment

It is common for people to feel insecure when placing an orthodontic appliance due to the pain and discomfort of traditional brackets or their aesthetics.

However, with the modern advances in technology and science, innovative ideas like Invisalign treatment have emerged in the market to solve such problems. With several advantages, it uses innovative technology to align your teeth and provide a more aesthetic smile.

What is Invisalign?

Patients wear a series of clear, removable aligners custom-made for their mouths that gradually straighten their teeth. This treatment avoids the use of metal brackets and wires and all of the usual restrictions that come associated with them. The aligners are completely transparent and go virtually unnoticed.

What do Invisalign clear aligners look like and what are they made of?

The aligners are made from a special flexible type of plastic called SmartTrack®. This is a patented thermoplastic material that was created specifically for this treatment.

Invisalign aligners are clear, thin, and are virtually invisible fitting snugly over the teeth. They are also FDA-approved containing no gluten, BPS, latex, or BPA.

How will this treatment straighten my teeth?

An exclusive digital treatment plan will be developed by your doctor, mapping out the precise movements of your teeth. Based on that plan, your aligners are then devised to apply the precise amount of force to the right place at the exact time.

In order to follow your progress and make sure that the aligners are correctly fitted, you will be accompanied every step of the way by your doctor.

What are the primary benefits of Invisalign treatment?

The aligners are almost imperceptible, and there are no wires or metal brackets that can possibly break and hurt your mouth. And you can always remove them to brush and floss or to eat and drink.

Invisalign clear aligners, because they are built using a special patented SmartTrack material fit better in your mouth and are more comfortable to wear. And for extra comfort and appearance, they are trimmed based on your gum line.

This is the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, having improved millions of smiles, including 1.4 million teen smiles.

Can this treatment guarantee me straight teeth?

We have to take into consideration the singularities of every smile. For that reason, all Invisalign treatments start with a consultation during which the doctor will help to determine what the procedure can do for each particular smile. A specific treatment outcome cannot be guaranteed; however, it is encouraged that the patient shares its treatment goals with the doctor at the consultation.

Is Invisalign treatment right for me?

The answer is yes! This treatment can be an excellent solution for everyone looking for a virtual imperceptible method of improving their smile.

Thanks to all its technological advancements and innovations, now it is possible to fix nearly all of the most unusual bite and teeth-straightening problems from the most simple to more complex cases, with little to no interference in the patients daily life.

What is the treatment process?

The treatment begins with an initial consultation with a doctor that is a specialist in Invisalign during which they will evaluate the patient’s smile to map out an exact bespoke digital treatment plan showcasing the step-by-step transformation of the patient’s smile.

Once the patients approved the plan, specific and unique aligners will be made specifically for them. They will use every set of aligners each day for 20 to 22 hours, replacing it with a new one every 1 to 2 weeks.

Each of the sets will shift the patient’s teeth into place in a gradual and gentle way in accordance with the treatment plan until the desired results are accomplished.

How do I get started with Invisalign treatment?

All you have to do is contact us for a consultation. Our doctors will be happy to answer any questions and doubts you might have.

What can I expect from my consultation?

Consultations involve your doctor discussing the teeth-straightening goals with you and examining your dentition to precisely determine what your smile needs. The doctor may also give an estimated timeline for the treatment as well as an approximated cost.

A dental check-up and a cleaning appointment will also be recommended before starting the Invisalign treatment just to ensure your teeth are in top form in order to avoid any unnecessary risks.

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How long will the treatment take?

Treatments are dependent on various factors such as your dentition complexity, your specific needs and how often you will be wearing your aligners. The average length for a full Invisalign treatment sits between 3 to 6 months with notable results in some weeks.

How regularly do I have to change aligners?

Doctor’s orders will indicate how often the aligners have to be switched for new ones, and it also depends on your individual treatment plan, but most doctors recommend changing them every one or two weeks.

How many hours a day should I use my Invisalign?

To seek optimal results, you should be using your Invisalign from 20 to 22 hours per day, only taking them out to eat or drink, brushing or flossing.

How often do I need consultations/appointments with my doctor?

Regular consultations are generally scheduled every four to six weeks, depending on your doctor’s recommendation. Appointments are necessary to assure your Invisalign treatment is going according to plan.

Attachments? What are they? Do I need them for my treatment?

SmartForce® attachments are small tooth-coloured profiles (for added discretion) that are attached to your teeth. These are used as handles for your aligners to push your teeth to the correct alignment smoothly. Attachments are the secret to making elaborate tooth movement without resorting to braces, having the aligners sit snugly around them which maintains the imperceptible aspect of the Invisalign.

Not every Invisalign user requires SmartForce attachments. Those who do, will have the doctor placing them at the start or during the treatment whenever they are necessary and have them removed when they are not.

Can I get Invisalign treatment either for the top or bottom teeth or do I have to get both?

Invisalign treatments are offered for either top or bottom teeth as well as both. Your doctor should indicate what your specific needs demand.

How much does Invisalign cost?

Generally, the total cost of a full Invisalign treatment is equivalent to the regular cost of braces. Doctor’s indications, as well as your needs, will determine the outcome cost of the treatment depending on how complex your dentition’s requirements are and how many aligners you’ll need.

What payment solutions are available for an Invisalign treatment?

Beechview can offer flexible and reasonable monthly plans. Throughout the course of the treatment, you can make instalment payments instead of paying full amount at once.

In what way is Invisalign different from previous teeth straightening treatments?

Invisalign is the latest in advanced clear aligners teeth straightening treatment systems. While braces are visible and fixed structures, Invisalign aligners are removable and nearly invisible. This means no wires or brackets and complete freedom for eating your favourite foods and drinks while not having to change the way you’ve always brushed and flossed.

Even in comparison with previous clear aligners, Invisalign’s SmartTrack material construction ensures you will get your smile back on track up to 50% faster and provides a more predictable teeth movement.

Since I removed my braces, my teeth have moved again. Can Invisalign treatments help fix this?

Yes! Invisalign aligners can treat almost all common teeth-straightening related issues, whatever their complexity. Individuals who experienced their teeth shifting back after using braces have chosen Invisalign treatment as a discrete alternative to recover their smile.

Can I get Invisalign treatments with veneers or crowns?

In case you have crowns or veneers; it will depend on your doctor’s advice. Have a consultation with your doctor about the dental work you had before, mentioning veneers and crowns, and leave to your doctor to evaluate that possibility.

I had bridgework treatment on several teeth. Will Invisalign still work for me?

Invisalign clear aligners are intended to move each of your teeth individually and, since bridgework joins two or more teeth, Invisalign treatment may not be effective for your case.

Will people notice that I'm wearing aligners?

Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible. Some people may not even tell you’re wearing them, making Invisalign a seamless solution.

Can I take my Invisalign off when I want/need to?

Yes. That’s a great bonus of Invisalign clear aligners. You can remove your aligners when eating, drinking, brushing or flossing. If you have special occasions like a dinner, a job interview or others, you can leave them off too. Just keep in mind the goal to wear them from 20 to 22 hours a day for optimal results.

Is there any food or drinking restrictions while in treatment?

No, there isn’t! Invisalign aligners are totally removable; therefore, there aren’t any food restrictions. Regular wires and brackets have an extensive list of foods you unfortunately have to avoid because they can stick between your braces or damage them, but that is not the case with clear aligners.

Are Invisalign aligners painful to wear?

Invisalign treatment gently moves your teeth by applying constant force throughout. However, some people do experience temporary discomforts for the first couple of days of using their new set of aligners. Users describe it as sensing “some pressure”, and that’s normal. It is a sign your Invisalign is performing and changing your alignment.

If you have any concerns regarding this or are experiencing continued discomfort, get in contact with your doctor.

Sometimes after removing my aligners, my teeth are feeling looser. Is that usual?

Yes, it is usual. Remember your Invisalign treatment is gradually moving your teeth to their correct position and as such, your gums are re-shaping around each tooth.

Be sure to talk to your doctor about this or any other concerns you have for peace of mind.

Will my Invisalign aligners still get results if I only wear them while I'm sleeping?

Invisalign treatment will only work and get results if you wear them for 20 to 22hours a day.

Can Invisalign aligners impact my speech?

It may take your tongue a couple of days to get accustomed to its new surroundings which may lead you to a slight lisp, but it should get resolved in a matter of days or weeks.

Can I chew gum while using my Invisalign aligners?

Unfortunately, no. The gum will most likely stick to your clear aligners. We would strongly advise removing your aligners for any types of meals, snacks or chewing gum.

Does tobacco stain my clear aligners?

Smoking while wearing Invisalign aligners is highly discouraged since it can possibly stain them.

Can the aligners fall or slip off during sleep?

It will be highly unlikely your Invisalign aligners will ever slip or fall during sleep. Or in any other activity, for that matter. Invisalign clear aligners are made to fit tightly on top and around your teeth so that shouldn’t be an issue.

Forgot to take my aligners with me for a trip. Will they still fit when I'm back?

It really depends on how long your trip kept you from wearing your Invisalign. If it’s only for a few days, your aligners are likely to still fit although they may feel uncomfortable. If it takes longer than that, then contact your doctor about your specific situation.

What's the proper way to clean my Invisalign aligners?

The best method you should use to clean your aligners is to employ the Invisalign Cleaning System. You can, in alternative, clean them with a toothpaste and a toothbrush and rinse them thoroughly in lukewarm water. Never expose them to hot water since it can permanently warp the clear aligners’ shape.

If there's any food residue (like fruit or sauce) when I place my aligners back in my mouth, can they become stained or damaged?

Yes. For that reason, you should really brush post meals or snacks and before placing your aligners back into your mouth.

I dropped my Invisalign in an unhygienic place/floor. Do I have to sterilise them after cleaning them?

Yes. Sterilising your aligners is critical to assure your aligners are fresh and hygienic before inserting them back in your mouth to be in contact with your teeth and gums. Invisalign Cleaning Crystals are great to keep your aligners clean, fresh, hygienic and remain clear. These will even remove accumulated plaque in about 15 minutes. Don’t ever run your aligners by hot water whatsoever, as it can permanently distort the plastic.

What can I do in case I break or lose an aligner?

In case you lose or break one or more Invisalign aligners, immediately inform your providing doctor of the situation. A timely contact will allow your doctor to ensure your treatment stays on-track by means of you wearing one of your earlier set of aligners, your succeeding set of aligners or even ordering replacement sets.

Can I order clear replacement aligners from Invisalign directly?

All aligners or retainers have to be ordered over your Invisalign certified doctor, as they are regarded as a prescription item. Contact your Invisalign doctor if you are thinking of ordering replacements.

Will I need retainers after my Invisalign treatment to prevent my teeth from moving back?

It is common practice for doctors to recommend anyone who has finalised orthodontic treatments (be it braces or Invisalign treatments) to use a retainer to avoid teeth from steadily shifting back to their previous position.

Each patients’ situation is different, so your doctor will advise you best.

What sort of retainer should I get?

You can find various types of retainers in the market, but we recommend Vivera® retainers. Vivera’s retainers are also virtually invisible and are made out of an exclusive material that is 30% more durable compared to other clear retainer materials available, making them the ideal partner for your Invisalign aligners to improve your smile.

Vivera retainers will be custom-made to your mouth out of an impression or scan of your teeth exploiting the same state-of-the-art tech used for your Invisalign.

How long will I need to wear my retainers?

Your doctor’s indications will decide how often you need to wear your retainers and for how long will also depend on it. Usually, you will be wearing your first retainers set all the time and then, depending on your doctor’s instruction you may need to gradually reduce how regularly you wear them until the point you only need to have them during the night.

Get Your Invisalign Appointment

You don’t have to choose between discretion or straighter teeth anymore. Invisalign treatments can offer both with no discomfort associated for a better dentition to get you that confident smile you deserve.

If you’ve been wondering about getting Invisalign and would like to know more about clear aligners, please contact Beechview clinic, and we will be happy to assist you.