More than 4 million patients have straightened their teeth with Invisalign. This huge number proves that the process is successful and can treat many types of orthodontic problems. However, understanding the Invisalign process is a crucial part in understanding if Invisalign is right for you. Learn the answers to your questions and more with United Dental Group.
How does Invisalign work?
Similarly to traditional braces, Invisalign relies on pressure to move the teeth from one position to another. Invisalign’s aligner trays take the place of traditional braces’ metal brackets and wires to place that pressure on the teeth. Small, tooth-colored bumps affixed to the teeth called attachments may help your orthodontist place more pointed pressure on some teeth to move them more or less than others.
How can Invisalign help my teeth?
Invisalign treats the same orthodontic issues as traditional braces. Some of the most common orthodontic problems include:
- misaligned teeth
- overcrowded (overlapped) teeth
- under crowded (gapped) teeth
- cross bite
- open bite
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign allows you to straighten your teeth subtly. Invisalign’s clear plastic, custom-made aligner trays fit exactly onto your teeth, blending in with your natural look. The trays are also removable, eliminating the need to avoid certain foods or add timely steps to your oral care routine.
Can I use Invisalign if I have dental restorations?
In some cases, a dental restoration may not be compatible with Invisalign. A permanent dental bridge, which bridges a missing tooth’s gap, may not allow your teeth to move properly since it attaches to two of your teeth. A dental crown, however, which only covers a single tooth, is usually no problem for Invisalign or traditional orthodontic treatments. United Dental Group can help you determine if your teeth are a good fit for Invisalign treatment.
Do I have to wear a retainer after treatment?
Retainers are a vital part of any orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign. Your retainer is usually your last or, in some cases, an extra aligner tray, worn around the clock for the first few months, then only at night. Wearing your retainer ensures that your teeth remain in their new positions and do not drift back to their old spots. Eventually, you will no longer be required to wear your retainer, but it is incredibly important directly after treatment.