It is important for everyone seeking the Invisalign treatment to understand what you are getting into before the plunge has been made. There are great aspects about Invisalign and it is primarily up to you and your dentist/orthodontist to make that decision, but here are some key things worth noting before entering the treatment.
These transparent aligners are most appropriate for dental Class I, mild crowding or minor malocclusions, problems that can be generally solved with a traditional retainer. It is difficult for Invisalign aligners to solve rotational issues of your teeth. It is very important that the patient follows the Invisalign treatment procedures and process. The aligners can be removed for eating and drinking, etc… but it is important to wear the aligners for at least 20 hours a day. Unlike traditional braces, most patients are actually motivated to wear this device because of its superior aesthetic. Easy daily oral hygiene can be accomplished with the removable aligners.
If a patient has a tough time, it is a good idea to seek help or a consultation from an orthodontist or experienced dentist (e.g. a dentist on invisalign website that is experienced when it comes to Invisalign) Generally, orthodontists and dentists that have taken extensive education or are certified to perform the Invisalign treatment can carry out more complex issues than the average dentist and can replace the transparent aligners with a brief period of traditional braces to either attain harder more drastic teeth movement or fixing the issues after the treatment is complete and a retainer must be worn.
Orthodontists or Dentist’s may use attachments with the treatment. These attachments are small pieces of composite (tooth colored things) attached to certain teeth, to help move your teeth more quickly and to produce certain tooth movements. The attachments will often be referred to as ‘buttons’ by orthodontists and are removed at the end of the treatment. While these “buttons” are normally tooth-colored, they can be clear or metal much like the fixtures you see in traditional braces. These ‘buttons’ can be placed on the incisors or eye teeth causing the transparency or “invisibility” of the aligners to be less existent and the aligners to be more visible. The buttons are placed on patient’s teeth with more severe malocclusions and are not put on all cases.
It is important to look up pricing, testimonials, and even pictures before deciding if Invisalign is right for you. It can be a great product to change your teeth, but do some research before jumping into it.