Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that consists of removable clear aligners that must be worn for 22 hours a day. The length of treatment depends on the severity of your alignment problems.
Invisalign is a better alternative to metal braces because the transparent aligners make the treatment invisible and the ability to remove them before eating and cleaning your teeth makes them more hygienic.
You will receive a new set of aligners every 2 weeks which gradually shift your teeth by exerting gentle force. Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Natchi at West Allen Dental today.
To prevent your teeth from shifting back to their old alignment, you will need to wear a retainer after Invisalign treatment.
Invisalign can be combined with attachment buttons and elastics to correct severe malocclusions such as over and underbites.
The exact length of treatment is variable depending on many factors such as the severity of your malocclusions, your age, and how compliant you are with keeping your aligners in. A child’s mouth is still developing until about 13 years.
Adolescents whose jawbone is still malleable and growing may experience faster results than adults. Mildly crooked teeth can take as little as 6 months to correct but the average length of treatment for most people is 12-18 months. Severe malocclusions can take at least a couple of years to correct.
Invisalign is considerably more comfortable than traditional braces because the aligners are made of plastic instead of metal wires and brackets, and they exert gentler force on the teeth. However, some mild pain is to be expected with any orthodontic treatment, because of pressure applied to your teeth to move them.
The first week of wearing Invisalign will likely be the most soreness you will experience as your teeth get used to wearing the aligners. Because you switch out aligners every 2 weeks, some soreness or mild pain may occur in the first few days of wearing your new aligners. This is when the aligners will be the tightest.
To relieve pain, you can take anti-pain medication or try sucking on an ice cube. However, over time your teeth will adjust. Any pain should be mild and only last for a few days after receiving a new set of aligners.
Feeling like your teeth are “loose” is a normal experience during Invisalign treatment.