Many adults are curious about the options available for them to have their teeth straightened later in life. And luckily, many treatments can offer this without drawing unnecessary attention to their teeth, which is especially important if they have a job that requires them to give talks or even lectures.
The most popular option for orthodontic realignment is a clear or invisible aligner among adult patients. But what is involved in this treatment option? This article aims to answer this question in a bit more depth.
The most commonly used invisible aligner is Invisalign Sydney CBD and the first step of undergoing this treatment is to attend a consultation with a dentist or orthodontist who can offer this aligner to you.
The consultation will involve the dentist looking at and assessing the health of your mouth alongside taking an intraoral scan of the position of your teeth, so that the computer software has a starting base of how your teeth look when you begin your treatment. This scan is then sent to a dental laboratory, where a computer predicts the required movements needed for you to get the end result that you want. From this, the aligners are printed, usually, there are between 12 and 16 in total.
The fitting of an invisible aligner is very different to the fitting of a brace. Your dentist will simply place the first one in your mouth and assess that it fits correctly and that there is no problem with tracking or air bubbles between the aligner and your teeth. And then you are good to go!
Each day you need to wear the aligner for a minimum of 22 hours. This is so the aligners can get the required time needed to move your teeth gently into their desired positions. If you do not wear the aligners for this time period, your orthodontic treatment will likely stall or your teeth may even revert to their previous positions, which is not what you want to happen when you have spent money on this treatment.
Issues and solutions
As this aligner is removable it is possible that you may lose it or one may become damaged or warped. If this occurs, you will need to contact your dentist to order a replacement aligner and you should not skip to the next aligner in the series. This can cause issues with tracking and may even cause more orthodontic problems.
When it comes to cleaning your invisible aligners, you should always aim to use cold water and if necessary, a gentle toothpaste. Under no circumstance should you ever use hot water to clean them, as this can cause the plastic to become bent out of shape and will render the aligner poorly fitting and useless.
As mentioned, before you will need to wear the aligner for a minimum of 22 hours per day in order to get the best results from it.
Depending on the severity of the misalignment, you can expect to wear the aligner for 3 to 6 months, but this also depends on how regularly you stick to the 22 hours per day of required wear.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.