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Clear Aligners (Invisalign)

Straight, well-aligned teeth are what make everyone wants to smile every day. But, many people are embarrassed to smile in public because of their crooked teeth. Orthodontic treatment using clear aligners at Infinity Smiles Clinic is your way to get healthy teeth and smile every day with confidence. 

Definition of Clear Aligners:

A clear aligner is a removable orthodontic appliance that has become a popular treatment option in the recent decade to correct dental overlap and misalignment. Clear aligners are made of plastic or acrylic and provide an ideal orthodontic option for patients looking for a discreet treatment that preserves the aesthetic appearance of their teeth. 

Indications for Clear Aligners:

Your orthodontist (a dentist qualified to treat problems of the teeth and jaws) will suggest a clear aligner if you have one of the following conditions:

Depending on the severity of your condition, the orthodontist may suggest a treatment plan with a clear aligner (best for mild to moderate cases) or other traditional orthodontics (for more advanced conditions). Patients with severe dental and skeletal problems may require medical care that is more advanced and necessitate surgical intervention using jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) to achieve the appropriate correction. 

Importance of Dental Braces:

Experts at Infinity Smiles will help you get the best orthodontic treatment and enjoy the following benefits of perfectly aligned teeth: 

  • Improve oral health by making it easier to brush and floss your teeth.
  • Enhance the ability to bite.
  • Speech improvement.
  • Restore the natural aesthetic appearance of the teeth.
  • Enhance self-esteem.

Orthodontic Treatment Journey with Clear Aligners:

1) Initial Oral Assessment:

Your orthodontic treatment journey requires a thorough evaluation, frequent monitoring, and several orthodontic adjustment appointments to ensure the best results. At your first appointment, our orthodontist will perform a clinical assessment of your teeth and obtain panoramic X-ray images to design a treatment plan that is perfectly suited to your case.

2) Clear Aligners Production:

There are two main approaches for clear aligners’ production, which include:

First: Manual Method:

This method offers a cost-effective approach that produces clear aligners in laboratory settings. In the clinic, the orthodontist will:

  • Take an impression of your teeth. 
  • Determine which teeth need realignment and send the teeth impression to the lab.
  • The lab technician will make a model of your teeth and make the necessary adjustment to promote teeth movement to the desired position.
  • Produce the aligner in three different thicknesses (0.020-inch, 0.025-inch, or 0.030-inch) using a pressure molding machine or vacuum machine. The higher the thickness of the aligner, the higher the pressure exerted on the teeth. Therefore the orthodontist will ask you to use the aligners in ascending manner to correct the teeth’ position gradually. 

Second: CAD-CAM Technologies:

The integration of CAD-CAM technology – Computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacture (CAM) – into the dental industry represents a quantum leap in dental care. Using this advanced technology, your orthodontist will:

  • Get a visual impression of your teeth using an intra-oral digitizer. The information obtained by the digitizer will create a 3D model of your teeth. 
  • Make the necessary adjustments to move the teeth to the desired position on the computer (computer-aided design).
  • Use 3D printing or milling technology to produce the designed aligners (computer-aided manufacture). 

This technology allows the orthodontist to produce perfectly fitted orthodontics suitable for each patient in a timely manner. At Infinity Smiles Clinic, you can get your Invisalign (clear aligner) with the benefits of the latest advances in dental care technology. Get your appointment now

3) Treatment Interval:

Correcting mild to moderately crowded teeth with clear aligners takes about 12-24 months (varies between patients). During your orthodontic treatment, you should:

  • Wear the aligner for 20-22 hours a day. 
  • Change the aligner tray every 1-3 weeks, with a total of 20-40 Invisalign trays for complete alignment. Each tray will have a few adjustments to move the teeth slightly toward the intended position.
  • Maintain your follow-up appointments with the orthodontist to monitor your progress. (Less frequent than traditional braces). 
  • If you feel some discomfort or pain after applying the aligner (especially during the first week), use over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve the pain.

 

4) Taking off the Clear Aligner:

According to the degree of misalignment of the teeth, the length of orthodontic treatment with clear aligners varies. It may take up to 24 months to achieve a perfect smile and enjoy healthy teeth. Once your teeth reach the degree of alignment and correction required, your orthodontist would recommend that you stop wearing clear aligners and start using a dental retainer to support the new position of your teeth.

Importance of Dental Braces:

Taking Care of Your Teeth and Clear Aligner:

Maintaining good oral hygiene and cleaning your aligner will be an essential daily task.

As recommended by dental professionals, you will have to adhere to the following practices for optimal dental care: 

  • Brush your teeth after each meal or snack (2-3 times a day). 
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day. 
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash to keep your teeth and gums healthy. 

To maintain your aligner, you must:

  • Avoid eating while wearing your clear aligner. Eating may damage the aligner and interrupt your treatment plan. 
  • Clean your teeth before wearing your clear aligner again after eating
  • Keep your aligner clean by washing it daily using a soft brush and cold water (avoid hot water as it may loosen the aligner). 
  • Rinse your aligner with a prescribed dental antiseptic solution to prevent mouth infections.

Clear Aligners vs Traditional Braces:

Choosing whether to use clear aligners or other traditional braces (mainly metal braces) requires a discussion with your orthodontist. At Infinity Smiles Clinic and after a thorough dental examination and evaluation, our experts will help you make the right decision.

Each type of orthodontic appliances has its pros and cons, and the following table summarizes the main differences between clear aligners and traditional braces:

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