A guide to invisible aligners

dentist holding out an invisalign

Many patients have misaligned teeth in their adult years, which are too mild to undertake a fitted metal brace to resolve. While your smile may not need extreme intervention, you may still feel unhappy with how it looks in photographs.

In modern orthodontic care, there have been many advancements to alleviate this kind of issue. And now, many dental teams are happy to offer their patients clear or invisible aligners to resolve their misaligned teeth without drawing attention to it.

In dental surgeries across the country, many dentists are choosing to use Invisalign Wagga to straighten their patients’ teeth, as this option is visually discreet and easy to fit around adult lifestyles. In short, it does not require extensive trips to the dental clinic.

If you have heard about this brand of invisible aligners and want to learn more, please read on!

What are invisible aligners?

Picture a sports guard that a person wears during rugby, make it invisible and more custom-fitted; now you have a basic idea of what an invisible aligner looks like! However, invisible aligners are designed to move teeth rather than protect them, and they are made using a 3D scan of your teeth, some nifty computer software and a 3D printer.

When you attend your dental surgery for the initial consultation about invisible aligners, a scan of your teeth will be taken. Specialised computer software will move this digital image into the desired final location, predicting each movement that is needed and where the movement has to occur. This then allows the printing of the 3D aligners to be completed, with each one representing a different stage of the realigning process.

Treatment protocol

someone putting on their invisalign

For invisible aligners to work, you need to wear them for a minimum of 22 hours per day or as stated by your dental team. If you do not do this, your teeth may revert to their previous positions or the alignment itself may cease altogether.

Each aligner will need to be changed every 14 days on average; when the aligner starts to feel loose in your mouth, switch to the next one in the sequence.

Problems

Some patients may experience discomfort whilst wearing clear aligners, but it is worth remembering that this is a tool designed to move your teeth. If you suspect that your aligners do not fit correctly, then you need to seek the advice of your dental team, as a poor-fitting aligner can cause issues with the process altogether.

Aligner replacement

As aligners are removable, they can go missing; therefore, you will need to contact your dentist if you lose an aligner. Do not move on to the next one in the series even if it seems that there would be no harm done. Doing this can cause the alignment process to fall out of sync and worsen the conditions that are being treated.

Aligner care

Aligners are easy to care for; to keep them clean, simply rinse them under a cold tap and remove any food debris from them with a toothbrush. Do not use hot water to clean your aligners as this can cause the plastic to warp out of shape. When the aligners are not in your mouth, be sure that they are in the carry case provided. Placing them in a bag or pocket can also cause damage to their shape.

DISCLAIMER

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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