Many adult orthodontic patients choose to be fitted with Invisalign instead of other forms of treatment. Invisalign is a custom made set of aligners created individually for each patient’s teeth. Smooth, comfortable and made of invisible plastic, these aligners gradually and gently shift the teeth into their correct place in the mouth.
Every two weeks, patients are given different aligners to wear until the treatment is completed. Before being fitted with the actual aligners, patients will have x-rays, pictures and impressions of the teeth taken to ensure it is not only the best course of treatment, but also one that will make the most difference in terms of the teeth.
On average, treatment lasts anywhere between nine and 18 months, but can vary greatly patient to patient. Every month or so, it will be necessary to make an appointment with your orthodontist to ensure the treatment is working well and there are no apparent issues.
As the trays will need to be switched every two weeks, patients will go through between 18 and 30 trays during their treatment, but again, this does vary on a case by case basis.
Invisalign is a great form of treatment for many reasons. Unlike other types of braces, such as metal or ceramic, Invisalign can be removed at any time. This means patients can enjoy their favorite foods or activities without fear of harming their teeth or aligners.
Aligners should be worn for about 22 hours a day, and this timeframe is very important! By not wearing the aligners for the right amount of time, you may have to undergo treatment for a longer period or have to completely switch treatments.
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