Invisalign is an alternative to the traditional bulky metal braces associated with straightening teeth.
Misaligned teeth can not only affect your appearance, they can affect your self confidence too. With the technology associated with Invisalign you can straighten your teeth without anyone noticing.
Invisalign uses clear plastic trays or aligners to straighten teeth. The trays or aligners are typically worn 20-22 hours per day and should be changed approximately every two weeks. This modern way to straighten teeth can give you a beautiful smile in as little as 12 months. Invisalign® trays are typically worn for 12 to 18 months.
Benefits of Invisalign
This treatment provides wearers with benefits that wearers of traditional braces can only dream of. Besides being discrete, Invisalign braces don’t require rubber bands, painful adjustments, or diet restrictions.
Invisalign is comfortable to wear and don’t interfere with daily activities. Since the trays are removable dental cleaning is easy and doesn’t require any changes in your daily routine to accommodate cleaning around your braces.
With today’s 3-D technology you will be able to see what your smile will look like after getting this treatment.
Are you a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
If your dentist has suggested braces or you are interested in having straighter teeth, a trip to the Orthodontist’s office for an exam will determine if this cosmetic treatment will work for you.
At your appointment the Orthodontist will perform a thorough examination, take x-rays and photos of your teeth. If you are a good candidate for treatment with Invisalign, the orthodontist will create a treatment plan customized to your needs.
Your trays or aligners will be fabricated from your customized treatment plan. Your trays will be fabricated and you will begin treatment. You will be required to have periodic appointments to make sure treatment is going as planned.
Invisalign is not the appropriate treatment for everyone and cannot correct all issues.
After treatment is complete, your Orthodontist may recommend you wear a retainer to keep your teeth aligned.
The cost of Invisalign is comparable to the cost of tradition metal braces. Your Orthodontist will be able to determine the cost based on your specific treatment plans. Your cost will depend on the number of trays required and treatment time. Many dental insurance plans have coverage for Invisalign treatments that are similar to the coverage for traditional metal braces.
The experienced Orthodontist at Fort York Dentist in Downtown Toronto can help you learn about Invisalign® and what options are available to straighten your teeth. Call (647) 346-8888 | (647) 343-8300 today to schedule an appointment and get the smile you have been dreaming of.
How Invisalign Treatment Works
Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take to straighten my teeth with Invisalign?
Every treatment is different and it depends on the severity of your condition. Your Dentist or Orthodontist will be able to give you a good estimate of the time you must wear the aligners for.
Are Aligners good for adults and kids?
Yes, both adults and children can use aligners and with a consultation, we will be able to inform you as to the best course of treatment.
How long should I wear my aligners for daily?
Aligners should be worn for around 22 hours a day.
How do I eat with Aligners and should I avoid certain foods?
You can choose to eat anything you want with aligners, simply remove the aligners before eating. Unlike braces, there are no restrictions on the food you eat as long as you remember to remove the aligners before eating. Make sure you brush your teeth and floss before putting the aligners back in.
Will I talk differently with aligners?
There will be a very short adjustment period with the aligners but the more you speak the more you will adjust to wearing them and your speech will become normal.
Do aligners hurt?
There is of course some pressure and a little discomfort initially from the aligners but that is a good sign and means your teeth are moving into a better position. This will soon pass as you become accustomed to wearing the aligners.
Can I smoke or chew gum with my aligners?
Smoking is not recommended as it could discolor the aligners and if you want to chew gum, you should remove the aligners.
How do I keep them clean?
Use a regular soft toothbrush, toothpaste, and your aligners will stay fresh and clean.
My aligners feel bumpy, why is that?
Your aligners are custom designed for your mouth and the small bumps you feel are called attachments. These attachments are designed to push the teeth into the correct location. The small ridges you may feel are called “pressure points” and they give your teeth an extra push so to speak. There are also small bumps on the tongue side of the aligners and these are called “turbos”. Turbos are designed to help the teeth slide past one another and into the ideal location. The turbos, over the course of a week may get worn down and this is quite normal.
How often should I make an appointment to have my aligners checked?
After your aligners are set up, you should visit us every 6-10 weeks. Our office will make sure your treatment plan includes regular checkups and that your treatment is proceeding smoothly.
When the treatment is over do I still have to wear the aligners or a retainer?
Most orthodontic patients have to wear a retainer at night. In the case of aligners, you should continue to wear the upper portion to ensure that your bite remains in its new position.
Can an aligner break or bend out of shape?
Occasionally an aligner will lose its shape or split. If that happens contact, the office immediately and we look at changing the treatment. It may be possible to jump ahead to the next version of your aligner. This may cause some discomfort or added pressure so we would highly recommend wearing this for an additional 7 days. You may also need an adhesive that we can supply to help the aligners fit snugly.
My aligners were fine in the office and now feel rough what should I do?
Sometimes when first fitted the aligner feels fine in the office but by the time you get home you may notice a rough spot or two. Sometimes mouth tissues can be very sensitive and the rough area won’t settle down. You can take a very fine nail file and smooth the area or feel free to simply bring your aligners into the office and we can smooth the area over.
If I am going away and don’t have enough aligner trays what should I do?
Simply call the office and we will arrange a treatment adjustment for you. We may recommend that you wear your existing aligner for an additional week depending on h will be away for. We may suggest that you pop in for an appointment so we can adjust your aligners depending on your next appointment.
Aligners are a terrific improvement on braces, particularly for adults. Make an appointment now to see if aligners work for you.