Invisalign is an alternative type of orthodontic treatment that consists of wearing a series of clear aligners for at least 20-22 hours per day. The aligners are tightly fitted, and they continuously adjust the positioning of the teeth over time. Approximately, every two weeks, the current aligner will be replaced with the next one in the series. This will slowly adjust the positioning of the teeth until the desired end result is achieved. It takes most patients about one to two years to complete Invisalign treatment.
The experts at DFW Dental Service are major proponents of Invisalign clear aligners because of their great performance and general ease of use. The aligners are virtually invisible when they are worn. As a result, patients who feel shy or embarrassed about receiving orthodontic treatment usually love Invisalign. Since the aligners can be taken out at any time, a patient will not need to make any adjustments to their usual oral care practices while receiving treatment. They will also be able to eat and drink whatever they would like during the treatment period. Invisalign is also ideal for athletes who play contact sports since they do not present the same injury risks as metal braces.
The effectiveness of Invisalign comes from the fact the aligners are custom-made from impressions of the patient’s teeth. A newly applied Invisalign clear aligner will feel very tight around the teeth, and the user will actually feel the forces being applied. Over the course of two weeks, the aligner will begin to feel looser. This is completely normal, as it means that the teeth are being adjusted into the proper positioning. Once two weeks have passed, the patient will start using the next one in the sequence.
Invisalign has proven to be effective for many types of orthodontic applications, including:
- Correcting spacing issues
- Fixing problems with bite
- Properly aligning crooked teeth
- Adjusting rotated teeth
It is important to remember that Invisalign treatment is only effective if the aligners are worn consistently. They should only be taken out for eating and cleaning. Invisalign treatment may be able to help you improve the positioning of your teeth and achieve a more pleasing smile. By visiting DFW Dental Service, we can determine if Invisalign is right for you. Please call us at (214) 960-2291 to schedule an appointment.