Crooked, misaligned teeth effect far more than your smile. Without effective treatment, this seemingly minor issue sets the stage for serious complications, such as gum disease, bone loss, headaches and even TMJ/TMD symptoms.
Pioneered by Align Technology in 1999, Invisalign has restored the confidence, comfort and function to over four million patients. This non-threatening orthodontic appliance opened the world of dental restoration to people who required braces, but weren’t likely to choose a traditional treatment option.
As its name suggests, Invisalign operates just as orthodontic braces, but in a virtually invisible mouthguard design. Instead of a mouthful of brackets, wires and bands, teeth are gently shifted into proper position. Made out of the patented SmartTrack material, Invisalign moves teeth up, down and can even fully rotate a tooth, if necessary.
In essence, this treatment is similar to traditional orthodontics. Both reposition teeth by incrementally putting pressure on problem teeth. But, Invisalign accomplishes this shared result without the need of noticeable brackets and wires. Instead, a series of aligners gradually shift misaligned teeth by maintaining steady pressure where needed, and not where it’s not.
The entire treatment process is broken down in four steps:
Step One: The Consultation
During your initial consultation, you’ll speak with your dentist and evaluate whether or not Invisalign is the best option for your unique condition. Your dentist will perform an assessment to make a final determination.
Step Two: Treatment Plan
The first step in creating an Invisalign treatment plan is to study your current dental condition. Your dentist may perform a digital scanner to create a 3D digital map of your teeth or take physical impressions, or moulds. From here, an exact treatment plan is created, which maps out the alignment process from start to finish. After completing this plan, you’ll know how long your treatment will last.
Step Three: Wearing Your Aligners
You’ll receive your first set of aligners, which must be worn between 20 and 22 hours per day to achieve the ideal results.
Step Four: Treatment Progression
Based upon your unique situation, a new aligner may be required every week or so. Each new set works to continue shifting problem teeth.
Throughout your treatment, you’ll periodically visit your dentist to ensure accurate progress. Generally, no more than one appointment every six weeks is required. While the procedure duration varies based upon the complexities of your case, most treatments lasts anywhere from 9 to 15 months. Up until now, straightening your teeth has never been so easy, convenient and effortless.
As a member of the Australian Dental Association, our dentists in Box Hill offer the latest in orthodontic services. If you’re teeth are misaligned and require correction, perhaps it’s time to experience the ease and power of Invisalign. Call us at (03) 9899 0288 and schedule your initial consultation today!
Considered the next generation of orthodontic correction, we’re proud to offer patients the state-of-the-art Invisalign treatment. Not sure if it’s the best choice for you? Book your free new patient orthodontic consultation today!
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