How does Invisalign work?

By June 26, 2019Orthodontics

Unlike traditional braces Invisalign is almost invisible, this is due to the fact that Invisalign is made of a clear thermoplastic. Invisalign also doesn’t interfere with your day to day life seeing that they can be removed when eating and drinking. Another bonus of Invisalign is that they enable you to keep your teeth cleaner than with normal braces as all components can be removed and thoroughly cleaned, instead of having to work around fixed components.

These aligners work by gradually aligning your teeth with each set of aligners, called trays. Each tray is straighter than the previous and through this continuous adjustment the teeth become straight by means of applied pressure from the trays. New trays are used every two weeks and each tray can adjust the alignment of teeth by up to 0.25mm.

Invisalign costs about the same as normal braces so this should not be the determining factor when deciding on which treatment to receive. Also remember that Invisalign can only be applied by a trained professional and thus not all orthodontists in Pretoria will be able to perform this treatment.

The treatment starts of with a consultation with your chosen specialist, where you will discuss your treatment plan. After this a 3-D scan will be made of your teeth and your orthodontist will then plan out your trays over the course of the treatment period. The treatment period varies from patient to patient, but the average is 12 months.

The great thing about Invisalign is that it can fix multiple dental problems such as overcrowding, gaps, under- and overbites etc. Ultimately it would be best to discuss your case with your preferred orthodontist in Pretoria to determine if Invisalign is the perfect treatment for you.

Another great advantage of Invisalign aligners is that they do not cause the irritation that normal braces causes since they are made of a smooth plastic in stead of hard and abrasive metal. You will also be able to see the finished results even before you start the treatment.

After the treatment is done you will likely need to wear a retainer to ensure that your teeth remain straight. This is however standard practice for anyone who has undergone any orthodontic treatment as it ensures that the teeth remain in their desired location. Each orthodontic case is different, and it is thus crucial that you speak to your specialist to determine if you need a retainer.

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