Invisalign uses a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are custom-made specifically for your teeth to straighten your teeth. Using advanced 3D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign depicts your complete treatment plan based on your Invisalign Provider’s prescription, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth, each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series. As you replace each aligner every two weeks, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week, gradually moving towards the projected final position.
The first step is to take an impression of your teeth.
This impression will be scanned into a computer which will produce a 3D model of your mouth. A computer software will model your teeth and show what the outcome of your teeth will look like after treatment is complete. If you are satisfied with the results in that case your clear aligners will be made.
The aligners will need to be worn 22 hours a day, you can remove the aligners to eat and brush your teeth. Your teeth will move slowly over time, approximately every 2 weeks you will receive new aligners. Invisalign is not a painful process you may feel some minor discomfort at the start of each new stage of aligners. This is normally taken as a sign that the aligners are working and moving your teeth. You will need to visit the dentist on regular basis to monitor your progress and make any adjustments that you may need. Depending on the severity of your teeth full treatment can take from 9 to 18 months.
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Now that your clear brace has been fitted you may experience a little discomfort in your mouth as it is something new.
The teeth themselves will also feel slightly tender to bite on for the first 24 hours and after each change of the clear aligner. You may also find that, for the first few days, your jaw aches because of the pressure of the brace. If this is the case, you may find a painkiller helps – the type you might take for a headache will be fine.
If the discomfort lasts longer than a few days, please give us a call.
Please take extra care with biting and chewing, especially in the first few weeks.
Try to avoid really hard or sticky foods. You should not eat with your clear aligners in place.
A normal diet is recommended but special preparation of the food, so as to reduce the chewing required, may be necessary. Please never bite hard against the appliance, and do not chew pencils! High sugar foods and drinks should be kept to a minimum.
Hard foods can be eaten with care if you cut them up first!
Thorough cleaning and use of a daily fluoride mouthwash is highly recommended.
Failure to clean under the clear brace effectively will result in damage to the enamel of the teeth which may only become noticeable when the appliance is removed.
Please use the orthodontic or electric toothbrush that we have recommended to you along with the Tepe brushes to keep your mouth as clean as possible.
You may find the occasional use of a disclosing tablet will help you to maintain cleanliness.
We will arrange an appointment with one of our hygienists’ for a maintenance appointment; they will guide you on the correct cleaning techniques.
After your treatment is completed, to avoid relapse of the teeth, it is strongly recommended you wear a removable and fixed retainer to maintain the teeth in their new position.
North Hill Dental
46 North Hill
Essex, CO1 1PY
TEL: 01206 577 912
Fax: 01206 216157