At ICD Implant & Comprehensive Dentistry in Champions Gate, FL, Invisalign is one of our most popular options. It’s a great way to correct dental concerns without the need for visible, and sometimes annoying, braces. Clear aligners, however, can seem almost too good to be true. Can you really treat dental issues with something so simple, and can it work for both the top and bottom sets of teeth?
Can You Use Invisalign for Both Top and Bottom Teeth?
You will be glad to know that this treatment can be customized to your needs very easily. It can be used to treat the top teeth, the bottom teeth, or both at one time. The system was designed from the start to be used anywhere that it is needed.
This clear aligner system is designed to perfectly fit your mouth and teeth right from the beginning of treatment. When you visit us for a consultation, we will go over your concerns and give you an idea of what to expect in a personalized treatment plan.
FAQ About Invisalign Treatment
What Conditions Can It Treat?
The only way to know for certain if this treatment is a good fit for you is to come talk to us, but we can tell you that these clear aligners are useful for treating a wide range of orthodontic issues. In some cases, they can also be combined with the use of braces, depending on a patient’s unique needs and desires.
For example, in some cases, braces may be the best choice for getting the fastest results at the initial stage of severe orthodontic issue treatment. However, you may want to take the braces off early and finish the treatment with clear aligners. This can be a great way to combine treatments to achieve extensive goals. Of course, in many cases, Invisalign alone is a very effective treatment. Some of what Invisalign can deal with include:
If you have problems with poor spacing between your teeth, causing crowding, this treatment can help. Treating crowded teeth can make them much easier to clean, ensuring better dental health in the future, can make it easier to place fillings or crowns if necessary, and can simply make your smile look better and more pleasing for better personal confidence.
It is not uncommon for people to have misaligned teeth, but when the teeth are not in proper alignment, the balance of the jaw is off, causing headaches, enamel loss, increased pain in the neck and jaw, and unwanted friction between the teeth. The end result of enamel loss and friction can be more bacteria and decay in the mouth than there should be, leading to increased pain and more dental issues in the future.
Gaps Between Teeth
Having gaps between your teeth can make it difficult to eat or even affect speech. It can also be a major blow to confidence, especially for young people or for those with jobs that require them to face the public constantly. This treatment can be very effective at properly spacing the teeth, not just by getting you more space between crowded teeth but also by closing up unwanted gaps.
Overbites and Underbites
This treatment can also effectively deal with both overbites and underbites. The treatment will gently move the teeth into the correct position, and the long-term effect will be an improvement in jaw health.
How Many Hours Do I Have to Wear My Aligner?
You will see the best results if you wear your aligners between 20 and 22 hours every day. The general rule of thumb is that you should be wearing your aligners at any time when you are not actively eating or cleaning your teeth. You can also remove the aligners to do something like, for example, making a presentation at work or a speech at school.
Just remember that if you were wearing traditional braces, they would be on you every hour of the day. That’s why they work so quickly. Invisalign can also work quickly, but only if you are wearing the aligners most of the time.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
The length of time you’ll need treatment depends on your unique orthodontic issues. When you start your treatments, we will order you a series of these aligners, each one designed to move your teeth a little more until you finally reach your goal.
You will wear each set for about two weeks, and those with minor orthodontic concerns can often be done in just six months. If you have major orthodontic issues, you should plan for wearing Invisalign for about a year. We can give you more details when you talk to us in person.
How Do I Care for the Aligners?
Keep Them Clean
It’s much easier to clean your teeth and your aligners than to deal with braces. There are no wires or brackets to mess with, and that is a huge benefit of this treatment. However, you do still need to keep your aligners clean from bacteria.
We will give you the instructions and materials you need to clean your aligner when you begin treatment. During treatment, just remember that it doesn’t do much good to clean your teeth and then put bacteria-laden aligners back on top of them. Give your clean teeth a clean aligner.
Know Where You Put Them
Invisalign can be a wonderful treatment, but one of its best benefits is also its Achilles heel. The benefit is that you can remove your aligner whenever you need to eat or clean your teeth. The downside is that it’s easy to forget where you put your aligners: an issue that would never happen with braces!
If you forget where you put your aligners, it’s just a small step to forgetting to put them in at all. If they are out of your mouth too long each day, you will not see the results you’re looking for. Have a consistent spot where you always put your aligners every time you take them out of your mouth. That way, you will always be able to find them.
Keep a Retainer Case At All Times
You never know when you may need to remove your aligners. If you are suddenly asked to stand up and say something, or you were offered food when you didn’t realize food was being served, you may need to suddenly remove your clear aligners. Get in the habit of carrying a case with you at all times so you always have a clean place to put them.
Track Your Progress
If you track your schedule on the calendar consistently, you will be looking for your improvements and ready to celebrate milestones as you reach them. Even better, seeing your progress can help remind you that the more consistently you wear your aligners, the faster treatment goes. This can be a great incentive to help you remember to keep them on.
What Are the Benefits of Using Aligners?
Braces are very effective, but they do come with certain restrictions. If you already suffer from food sensitivities or have to limit your diet for some other reason, the restrictions posed by braces could just be one thing too much. One of the best benefits of Invisalign is that there are no restrictions. You don’t have to worry about catching anything in wires or brackets: just take out your aligners and eat what you want.
It can be very difficult and time-consuming to properly clean around the wires and brackets of braces. But cutting corners can have serious consequences, especially when you do have wires and braces trapping bacteria in your mouth. Clear aligners are extremely easy to take care of. Simply take out your aligners, clean your teeth as you normally would, clean the liner itself, and you’re done.
Perhaps the benefit that people appreciate the most about aligners is their discretion. These completely clear aligners slip on your teeth like a glove and blend right in. They are much more discrete than any other orthodontic option, including clear braces. If you don’t want to draw attention to yourself during treatment, this is the perfect choice.
Talk to Us to Learn More
If you have any questions about clear aligner systems, or if you want to know if they’re right for you, contact us right away at ICD Implant & Comprehensive Dentistry in Champions Gate, FL.