What is invisalign?
Invisalign treatment uses a series of virtually invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that allow you to smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign uses advanced 3D computer imaging technology to depict your complete treatment plan, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then, a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth — and your teeth only — to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series until the final position of your teeth is achieved.
How long will it take?
Total treatment time averages nine to 15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case. Please feel free to schedule a complimentary consultation with our clinic for a more accurate time length for your teeth.
How does it work?
You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to their final positions. You'll visit us about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
Will Invisalign fit my lifestyle?
- Time for a snack? No problem. Take out your aligners to eat or drink whenever you want.
- You can remove your Invisalign aligners, so you can brush and floss regularly, and keep your teeth and gums healthy.
- You can occasionally remove your Invisalign aligners and enjoy a special night out.
- There's no need to change a thing. Continue your day-to-day activities while still straightening your teeth.
- Be yourself with Invisalign aligners. Since they are clear, you don't have to hide your smile while going through treatment.
- With Invisalign treatment, it's easy to make your smile picture perfect for that special occasion.
- Invisalign appointments work with your schedule. Most visits are in and out, with a quick progress check once every six weeks.
What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are clear, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others. Invisalign aligners are also removable. Unlike braces, you have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment simply by removing the aligners when you eat. You can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and good oral hygiene. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign treatment does not use metal brackets or wires that could cause irritation to your mouth. In addition, you'll spend less time in the doctor's chair and scheduling appointments, and more time out doing the things you love. Lastly, Invisalign’s technology allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you start your treatment, so that you can preview how your straight teeth will look once your treatment is complete.
What is an Inman Aligner?
Inman Aligner is a removable appliance mainly used to align the front teeth. It can also be used to pre-align teeth before bonding, veneers or other cosmetic options.
How does Inman Aligner work?
The aligner comes with coil springs (made from Nickel Titanium) that power 2 aligner bows on your front teeth. One bow pushes forward while the other pulls back. This action guides your teeth into the new position quickly and safely. Despite having a metal wire, the appliance is typically not visible and tends to resemble a clear gum shield.
What does the treatment involve?
Usually, the initial step in treatment with Inman Aligner is to determine if the procedure is suitable for the patient. The general condition of the teeth will be examined and relevant x-rays taken. If you’re found to be a suitable candidate, the treatment will continue. Here are the steps involved.
1. Making of impressions
Impressions are usually needed for the fabrication of the Aligner in the lab. The device is created on accurate 3D printed models that are digitally corrected and aligned into the appropriate set-up according to aesthetics and your bite.
You will then be fitted with the appliance. The dentist will give you a detailed chart indicating areas where any interproximal reduction is required as well as where any additional parts of the aligner may need to be placed.
3. Wearing the Aligner
You should ideally wear the appliance for at least 16-20 hours a day. While you can wear for lesser time, the treatment time is likely to increase.
4. Regular Checks
Checks are needed at least every 2 to 3 weeks during the treatment period. They allow the dentist to assess how you’re responding to treatment as well as make any adjustments where necessary.
Note that it can take up to 7-10 days of wearing the appliance to become acclimatized. During this period, your speech might be affected but things should return to normal within 10-15 days.
How long does Inman Aligner treatment last?
In general, treatment takes anywhere between 6 and 16 weeks; less complex cases may be completed in a month or so with more complex cases taking up to 4 months. However, since the appliance is very efficient, it works significantly faster compared to alternative orthodontic techniques out there. After treatment is complete, you need to wear permanent retainers in order to prevent relapse. These are typically placed behind the front teeth and are never visible when you smile.
What are the benefits of Inman Aligner?
1. Relatively quick results
The appliance can correct crowded or protruded front teeth in as little as 4 weeks especially where there’s little misalignment.
2. No need for replacements
Only one appliance is needed, unlike treatments with other orthodontic appliances. There’s no need replace it every two weeks.
3. Easy to use
The Aligner is not a permanent fitting and can be easily removed & inserted. This allows for normal eating and brushing.
At your next appointment, we can help answer any unanswered questions you might have, and get you started on the smile you've always wanted. We happily provide complimentary consultations for both invisalign and inman aligner.