Nowadays, our patients are turning to more discreet alternatives to straighten their teeth such as; Invisalign. It is the clear option to traditional braces with a dental treatment up to 2x faster. It makes use of virtually invisible and removable teeth aligners tailored for you to straighten your teeth, without the pain and inconvenience of wires and brackets.
While there are many other options to correcting crooked and misaligned teeth, no other treatment offers the same level of comfort and convenience as Invisalign. It can treat a wide range of conditions such as crowding, gaps, crossbite, underbite, overbite and buck teeth.
Differences in Invisalign VS Metal Braces
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including 1.4 million teens, have been treated with Invisalign® clear aligners
Invisalign Common Q&A
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign is a type of aligner system which helps to correct your smile without being visible. When you look at these aligners you might wonder how something that looks so similar to your bleaching tray could actually move your teeth but these trays are made up of a special type of thermoplastic resin that exerts transient force on your teeth to align them. It’s a pretty simple procedure wherein your orthodontist will take some special impressions, X rays and photographs and send them across to the Invisalign technicians along with the proposed treatment plan.
Here these impressions are formed and send to our Invisalign manufacturer in USA to have it 3D scanned where your teeth position and occlusion are created. Then based on the treatment plan sent across by your dentist, the technician digitally moves around these teeth to bring them to their desired position. This gradual movement from start to finish is made into an animated film called a CLIN CHECK video. This is where you as a patient get involved in your treatment plan as your dentist will call you in to show you this video, and you can either choose to accept the plan or make changes to it.
Once we approve this treatment plan Invisalign then starts manufacturing the aligners using CAD/ CAM technology. We receive your aligners in a couple of days and that’s when your treatment starts. You will need to wear each aligner for 2 weeks and then shift to the next one till the desired result has been achieved.
What are their advantages over other orthodontics treatment?
One of the main drawbacks of traditional orthodontic treatment is its visibility. Most adults have job constraints and social situations like weddings etc. which makes them reconsider undergoing fixed orthodontic treatment. This is where Invisalign has a huge advantage because it promises to straighten your teeth without affecting your life. The clear plastic trays are hardly visible when compared to the metal train tracks. They do not affect your speech and are very comfortable to wear.
Invisalign are not fixed to your teeth and this is another bonus as you have no diet restrictions and it is also easy to keep your teeth clean.
Who are the suitable candidates for this treatment?
Invisalign can be used on most adults and teenagers to align teeth. However there are certain cases which require more precise tooth control, for example closure of extraction space, impacted teeth, teeth with poor bone levels. These situations demand more control over tooth movement which is difficult to achieve with a removable aligner. Such cases are best treated with fixed orthodontic treatment or a partial fixed treatment along with Invisalign.
Also, patient compliance is of upmost importance in achieving successful results with Invisalign, and if you think you are not going to be responsible with wearing removable aligners we recommend you go in for fixed braces instead.
What can I expect on my first visit?
Your first appointment is a standard consultation appointment where in the orthodontist will see your case and speak to you to understand what your concerns are. Also on this appointment we will take your diagnostic records – X rays, Study models and photo graphs. After studying these records a treatment plan is made which is best suited for you. If you are a suitable case for Invisalign the next appointment will be scheduled to take the Final impressions and bite registrations which are then sent to Invisalign.
How long does it take to get my aligners?
Once the final impressions have been sent, it takes approximately 7-14 days to get your Clin Check video and once this has been approved, another 7-14 days to receive the aligners.
How long should patient see dentist regularly?
Unlike conventional orthodontic treatment where you will need to see your orthodontist every 4-6 weeks for adjustments, your appointments will be fixed according to your treatment plan. You will need to see your dentist if any IPR (Interproximal reductions) need to be done or if any attachments need to be placed.
This makes it super convenient for patients who travel around for work to get this treatment. We recommend our patients to come in every 6-8 weeks if possible to make sure everything is going according to our plan and also to make sure you are motivated to keep wearing your aligners.
How often should I wear aligners?
Aligners are worn for a minimum of 22 hours for 2 weeks before shifting to the next aligner. You do not wear the aligners while eating or drinking anything colored, besides that you wear them all the time.
How comfortable is aligner?
Invisalign is the most comfortable way to align your teeth as there are no metal brackets or wires involved. They do not affect your speech and are very easy to put on and remove.
I have braces and I wish to get Invisalign. Is it possible?
Yes you can. We can always remove your existing braces and start off as a new case.
What happen after treatment complete?
Teeth have memory and they tend to go back to their original position, hence it is important to retain them in place after any form of orthodontic treatment.
Our dentist will propose you with selection of retainers that fit your case.
I have missing tooth. Am I still eligible?
Yes you can still get Invisalign treatment if you have missing tooth/teeth. The treatment plan can involve closing this space up or we can maintain this space for a future implant or bridge placement.
The good part is we put a tooth-colored coating on your aligner to cover up the missing tooth space so there are no visible gaps during your treatment.
What are the payment options?
The charges for Invisalign are determined by the complexity of the case, an easy case will require fewer aligners and adjustments and hence cost much lesser than a more complicated case. The charges also vary from region to region; charges in Malaysia are fixed by Invisalign SEA and may vary from charges in other countries.
We do however provide flexible payment plans for this treatment. The charges are broken down and paid in installments till you have finished with your aligner treatment.