Invisible orthodontics does not involve braces, like in other conventional orthodontic treatments. It is based on a series of custom made transparent aligners (guards) which are made individually for each patient. They are changed during the course of the treatment until the teeth are correctly aligned.
With this system, before we start the treatment, we can see the final result of what the teeth will look like through a virtual 3D Clincheck, which implies a lot of precise information we can see about the treatment before starting.
WHY HAS INVISALIGN BECOME SO POPULAR? WHAT ARE IT’S ADVANTAGES?
Invisible orthodontics (Invisalign) has become our orthodontic treatment of choice for most of our patients, with Invisalign being 90% of the Orthodontics we do at the A2 Dental Clinic. This is due to its numerous advantages:
- ESTHETICS: it is based on using transparent aligners and they are very esthetic, as you can barely see them.
- BETTER ORAL HYGIENE: you can take them out them at any time, to brush your teeth and floss, to eat, or in case of an important event.
- COMFORT: as the treatment does not require metal braces or wires, it does not cause discomfort or lacerations in soft tissues (lips or cheeks).
- FUNCTION: Invisible orthodontics has evolved a lot in recent years. Dental movements with this technique are softer but constant, which makes it more effective in certain movements compared to conventional braces, where the forces exerted are more punctual and of greater pressure.
At the beginning of the treatment, each patient receives their own kit, which includes all the care and maintenance instructions, as well as a case to store the aligners.
Frequently asked questions of our patients at A2 Dental:
HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT LAST?
The duration of treatment will depend fundamentally on the initial state of each patient’s teeth. This means that it depends on your “malocclusion” (type of bite) and the amount of teeth to be moved or rotated.
If it is a case of mild malocclusion, the treatment can last approximately 6 months.
If it is a complex case, it can last up to 24 months or more.
Each patient has a different bite, so you cannot give generic estimates regarding time. Ideally, if a patient is interested in Invisalign, they can have a first consultation with the Orthodontist, who will indicate the estimated time of treatment and resolve any questions. This first consultation with the Invisalign Specialist has no cost, nor any commitment at A2 Dental.
DO I HAVE TO TAKE SPECIAL CARE WITH WHAT I EAT?
In general, as opposed to with normal braces, you can eat as usual and there are no specific restrictions. This is because the aligners need to be removed when eating and therefore there is no reason to restrict food or drink.
CAN I SMOKE WITH THE ALIGNERS?
In the first place, it is important to highlight the harmful consequences of tobacco both for the oral tissues and in the body in general. In the case of smoking during the treatment, smoking whilst wearing the aligners is not recommended, since they can stain and obtain a bad taste.
DOES INVISALIGN HURT?
It is a painless treatment. Invisalign usually has a much shorter period of adaptation than with conventional brackets. Most people may notice some discomfort during the first days of treatment or when the aligners are switched out. This sensation should gradually disappear with the use of the aligner. The advantage of Invisalign is that, unlike conventional braces, there is no rubbing of the braces against the lip and therefore does not create traumatic ulcers.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE NOT WORN THE ALIGNERS ALL THE TIME I SHOULD HAVE?
It is very important to wear the aligners the 22 hours indicated, throughout the whole treatment. If for any reason, it has not been possible and you have worn them less time, you would be to speak with the specialist and will probably need to extend the use of some of the aligners to make sure that the correct movements are going to be carried out during the treatment.
HOW DO I CLEAN AND TAKE CARE OF MY INVISALIGN?
Both the Invisalign and teeth must be cleaned after each meal. The aligners are to be cleaned with a brush, water and soap. Additionally, cleaning crystals will be provided in the kit.
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