An attractive smile consists of white and straight teeth. Unfortunately, some patients develop dental concerns like malocclusions that need fixing to improve the appearance and function of their teeth. Patients with crooked teeth have two main treatment options to consider, wearing braces or clear aligners. The latter is a preferred option among patients because of the seamless blending of New York Invisalign with natural teeth color. Patients also prefer clear aligners because they conveniently take them out whenever they want. However, dentists recommend that patients should wear clear aligners for at least 22 hours to improve treatment efficacy and enhance results. Here is more information about clear aligners that you should know about before undergoing the treatment to restore a straight bite:
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a brand of clear aligners that dentists recommend as dental treatment for patients with teeth alignment concerns. SmartTrack is a flexible thermoplastic material that makes up clear aligners. The reason this corrective treatment is increasing in popularity over braces is the less conspicuous nature of the clear aligners, unlike braces which involve metal brackets that are visible to other people, thus affecting how your teeth look when you speak or smile. You should appreciate the less conspicuous nature of clear aligners. However, you should not expect these dental treatments to be completely invisible. Fortunately, these coverings offer a snug fit and are considerably less noticeable than braces.
Who can benefit from clear aligners?
Invisalign is an efficient treatment for various dental concerns. If you consider this treatment a potential solution to your debt complications, it would be best to schedule a consultation with a professional to determine your candidacy for the treatment. Invisalign is an effective treatment for a variety of purposes, including:
- Bite concerns: These problems encompass overbite, underbite, and crossbite.
- Open bite
Invisalign can correct moderate and mild dental concerns. The treatment may not be effective in treating severe bite concerns.
What to expect when wearing clear aligners
The initial step in the process is attending an initial consultation. Upon a comprehensive dental assessment to determine your candidacy for the treatment, your dentist will take 3D images of your mouth and jaw to develop a treatment plan to live your teeth to desired positions. Your treatment plan will involve a series of customized plastic aligners. Clear aligners usually put pressure on teeth to gradually shift their position.
You will need to replace a set of clear aligners after a couple of weeks. However, individualization is critical during Invisalign treatment. Your doctor will replace the set of aligners your in whenever necessary. It is essential to keep your aligners on for at least 22 hours to speed up treatment and promote its efficacy for achieving desired outcomes.
Are clear aligners effective in correcting dental alignment issues?
Invisalign is an effective treatment for the misalignment of teeth. However, other critical factors determine treatment efficacy. For example, patients must stay committed to wearing their aligners for at least 22 hours to enhance treatment efficacy. Removing your aligners when eating or drinking would also be best to avoid staining them. Contact DANIEL WANK, DDS, if you have questions about how to care for clear aligners to enhance their efficacy in addressing your dental concerns.