What is Invisalign and how does it work?
Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth. Here's how the Invisalign system generally works:
1. Consultation and Treatment Plan: The process begins with a consultation with an orthodontist trained in Invisalign. They will assess your teeth, discuss your goals, and determine if Invisalign is suitable for your needs.
2. Digital Impressions or 3D Scanning: Instead of traditional molds, your orthodontist might use digital impressions or a 3D scanner to create a precise image of your teeth. This information is used to design a personalized treatment plan.
3. Custom Aligners: Using advanced computer technology, a series of custom-made, clear plastic aligners are created specifically for your teeth. These aligners are designed to gradually shift your teeth into the desired position over time.
4. Wearing the Aligners: You'll receive a series of aligners, each to be worn for about 1-2 weeks before switching to the next set. Each new aligner will slightly adjust the positioning of your teeth. It's recommended to wear the aligners for 20-22 hours per day, removing them only for eating, drinking (except water), brushing, and flossing.
5. Regular Check-Ups: Every few weeks, you'll have check-ups with your orthodontist to monitor your progress and receive new sets of aligners.
6. Treatment Completion: Once you've completed wearing all the sets of aligners, your treatment will be finished. However, some may need refinement aligners or a retainer to maintain the new tooth position.
Key advantages of Invisalign include the near-invisibility of the aligners, their removable nature, which allows for easier oral hygiene compared to traditional braces, and typically less discomfort during treatment.
It's important to note that the success of Invisalign treatment depends on patient compliance—wearing the aligners as directed by the orthodontist or dentist is crucial for achieving the desired results within the estimated treatment time.
Over 14 million smiles worldwide have been treated using Invisalign!
A clear and painless solution introduced by Dr. Flax, one of the foremost providers globally and the leading one on the African continent. Offering an aesthetically pleasing and hassle-free way to perfect your smile, Invisalign serves as a clear alternative to traditional braces, focusing on patient comfort and satisfaction.
Invisalign, renowned for being invisible, comfortable, cosmetic, and removable, employs a series of custom-made, clear aligners to gradually shift teeth into their desired positions. These aligners are nearly undetectable, comfortable to wear, and easily removable for special occasions or regular oral care routines. This modern approach ensures not only effective teeth straightening but also maintains good hygiene throughout treatment.
Dr. Flax, with extensive experience using Invisalign since 2001 and having treated over 2000 cases, is recognized as an Invisalign Preferred Provider and an Invisalign Diamond Elite Provider, emphasizing the importance of expertise in achieving successful outcomes.
Typically, an Invisalign course of treatment lasts around a year, during which patients receive custom-molded clear aligners at intervals specified by the doctor, tailored to their individual treatment plan.
One of the significant advantages of Invisalign is its inconspicuous appearance, offering a clear and comfortable alternative to traditional braces, allowing individuals to go about their daily routines without drawing unwanted attention to their dental work.
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