They are transparent moving brace devices that are used to move teeth for small distances with patients who need orthodontics treatment, they are a series of consecutive templates used from a substance called acryl (plastic) where their color is semi-transparent and are fixed on the patient’s teeth for specific periods of time as they are replaced after the expiry of each period; as the teeth are moved simply to a better position till the teeth become in the wanted position.
The Invisalign is completely transparent and does not appear while speaking or smiling, and this represented a solution to one of the biggest problems the patient faces when thinking about using a traditional calendar.
Because it’s transparent it can’t be visible easily, it’s also comfortable in use and doesn’t cause gums’ sensitivity due to metal existing. It’s moving where it can be removed during eating, drinking, or brushing teeth then re-placing it again. It’s changed every two weeks with the necessity of reviewing the dentist every six months. The brace is basically made of plastic, and it has been designed with high accuracy as the dentist takes the measurements of the teeth to be suitable with the brace accurately.
Placing the Invisalign on teeth takes many steps, as these steps are:
The Invisalign is considered one of the most modern techniques in orthodontics as it straightens, restructures, positioning, and directions of the teeth and fixing all imbalances from all sides of the tooth, it’s called “Invisalign” because -unlike the ordinary brace- it’s considered invisible and is placed and taken off easily to save the mouth appearance and the beautiful smile during the treatment period.
Invisalign gave the latest technology in the major of studying the teeth brace condition on the computer and enabling the patient to see the treatment method and the future of the case previously through the 3D videos of the case.
There are many dental problems that need to be treated using orthodontics, including the following:
The Invisalign is considered one of the fast-resulting techniques, which starts to see the light 6-18 months or less depending on the condition and complexity of the teeth.
After this period is ended the amazing results immerge on the teeth that look more consistent, although the matter did not end there, the patient should wear the Invisalign during sleep time after the treatment is finished to maintain the previous results.
The good point is that there is no age limit to use the Invisalign, is not linked to a specific age, but it can be used either for your young child or for a person over fifty years of age, as long as the patient’s health and case are good then there are no age limits.
Many people need orthodontics treatment, however, their social status and practical life don’t allow them to show metal wires when they smile, like businessmen, the regular brace may be a psychological obstacle to a teenage patient prevents him from developing psychologically and socially appropriately, then the Invisalign is the most suitable solution.
In spite of that, Invisalign did not succeed in solving all dental problems that are more complex than the usual asymmetric teeth, like the gums’ problems or the problem of the jaw disproportionate to the size and number of teeth in it, but the teeth spaces and irregular teeth' problems can be solved easily.
It’s common that the patient suffers from temporal pressure feeling and light discomfort when wearing the Invisalign in each phase of the treatment. Discomfort, which disappears in few days, is a sign that the brace tools are doing their job.
Remove the brace when eating, and wash it with lukewarm water, taking care to remove all impurities, bacteria, and food residues stuck in it.
Avoid washing your Invisalign brace in hot water, as it becomes useless when you put it back on your teeth.
Soap and water should be used to clean the brace, and it is preferable to use a soft toothbrush in the cleaning process in order to reach all the cracks of the Invisalign templates where bacteria may collect.
It is preferable to soak the Invisalign template with water and a special lotion to sterilize it from any impurities and repeat this process daily.
Do not use toothpaste to clean Invisalign template, it is made for teeth only, so you must use a special lotion.
Teeth should be cleaned every time the brace is removed in order to prevent the accumulation of bacteria and germs inside the mouth and thus the spread of bad odor.
What are the recommendations that should be followed in order the Invisalign to be effective?
To make the treatment successful, it’s recommended to wear the Invisalign for at least 22 hours a day, although it can be removed at specific times.
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