Are you fed up with having misaligned teeth in your adult life, but don’t want to take on a brace? If so, it may be worth considering approaching your dentist to enquire about invisible aligners, which have changed the face of adult orthodontic care.
Here, 5 questions about wearing Invisalign Wagga are answered, so you can determine if this is the treatment for you.
How do invisible aligners work?
Invisible aligners work by applying pressure to your teeth using the shape of the aligner. When you attend your consultation, your dentist will take a 3D scan of your teeth, which will then be used to predict the needed movements to get you to the end smile that you want. From this, the aligners are then printed using a 3D printer and are sent back to your dental team. To get the best results, each aligner needs to be worn for 22 hours per day and for around 14 days.
Are they uncomfortable?
You may have read that invisible aligners are the ultimate orthodontic tool that can move your teeth without any discomfort.
Unfortunately, this is not the case. They still have to move your teeth, which will require them to apply pressure. This can cause soreness and discomfort; any soreness that you encounter whilst undertaking this treatment should be mitigated using over-the-counter pain relief such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. However, if your discomfort does not fade, it is worth putting yourself in for an appointment with your dentist to assess that the aligners are fitted and working correctly.
How long does the treatment take?
On average, the treatment with invisible aligners takes between 3 to 6 months, but this will depend on the severity of the issue being treated, and if you are willing to follow the prescription as set down by your dental team. As mentioned before, each aligner needs to be worn for 2 weeks and depending on the issue being treated, you may require more aligners than average. The longest cases that involve invisible aligners can take up to 18 months, but your dentist will be able to provide you with a better timeline for your clinical case.
Can they treat a crossbite?
Yes, clear aligners can treat crossbite, but this will depend on the severity of the misalignment. For most cases of crossbite, the only treatment available is to wear a fitted brace; however, the use of invisible aligners is at the discretion of your dental team. They are the ones who may decide that it is feasible to correct the issue using this tool.
Are they expensive?
Many patients have concerns that undergoing orthodontic treatment in adult life will be expensive. However, when compared to traditional braces, invisible aligners are cheaper. This is because of what is included in the treatment cost. For braces, you need to attend orthodontic check-ups and tightening sessions, as well as hygienist appointments. With invisible aligners, they will not require tightening or adjusting as you simply switch to the next aligner in the series. While you may choose to undergo hygienist treatment, it is not always required. Many dental surgeries that offer invisible aligners are also able to offer 0% financing. So it is worth shopping around before committing to a dental surgery for this treatment.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.