Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment used to straighten teeth in a manner which is both discreet and effective.
Invisalign works by wearing each set of custom-made aligners in two-week increments. As you progress through the series of aligners, your teeth will begin moving, little by little, gradually moving towards the projected final position. These aligners that you will be wearing throughout treatment are virtually invisible as well as removable. Due to their discreet nature, Invisalign is the favourite orthodontic treatment amongst adults.
Invisalign is an effective treatment option for many people. It also provides the benefit of being able to keep track of your progress as well as your predicted outcome. Allowing you a sneak peek at what your teeth may look like at the end of your treatment. Hint: This can be a great motivator when it comes to encouraging you to wear your aligners for the prescribed amount of time.
Once your Invisalign treatment is complete, your teeth will be in their correct positions. You will have a straighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile. Spacing issues along with any overcrowding will have been corrected.
What happens when treatment is complete
Once your teeth are in their ideal positions and spacing and overcrowding has been corrected, you may believe that your treatment is complete. However, many people do not account for the final step of treatment: retainers. When undergoing Invisalign treatment, you will be required to wear your aligner for about 22 hours a day, and once teeth have the tendency to shift, we do not want all of your hard work to come undone!
When your teeth move into their new positions, parts of your jawbone will still be soft, leaving your teeth vulnerable to shifting back into their old places. Your jaws will need to harden and solidify with your teeth in their new positions to ensure that you can maintain your results. This is where retainers come in.
Retainers are an essential part of every Invisalign treatment. Without them, months and even years of dental work could go out the window. Several types of retainers are available, some of which are permanent and others removable. Chat to your orthodontist about the type of retainer that will be used and for how long you will be wearing it.
Continue to practice diligence and follow your orthodontist’s instructions during the retainer phase of your treatment and you will enjoy fantastic, lasting results.