When you are an adult who has misaligned teeth, it can make you feel self-conscious about smiling in photographs or even showing your teeth.
And as the majority of interactions will revolve around people judging you when they first meet you based on your smile, that is no small thing! Luckily, there are ways for you to get the straighter smile you want without having to wear metal braces, with one of the most popular treatments in 2022 being the use of Invisalign aligners.
Invisalign aligners are suited for people who have mild to moderate cases of dental misalignment, and who can commit to wearing them for the required amount of time per day. If you feel that you want to straighten the teeth at the front of your mouth and that you will be able to wear the aligners, then it is worth contacting your dentist about clear braces Sydney.
Do you have some questions relating to Invisalign before you book an appointment? If so, read on and find out how these aligners work, who is suitable for them and of course if they are uncomfortable.
How do they work?
When you visit your dentist to have your consultation relating to Invisalign, if you are deemed suitable, they will then take a scan of your teeth. This scan is sent to a dental laboratory, where a computer simulation will digitally alter the position of your teeth, usually in around 12 to 14 steps. Once the positions are mapped out, each of these steps is turned into an aligner, which is custom fitted for each stage of the treatment.
When you wear the aligners, they have to be worn in the set order and each aligner will move your teeth simply due to its shape and robust nature.
Can anyone wear them?
Unfortunately no, not everybody is suitable for Invisalign aligners. As mentioned before, you have to have a mild to moderate dental misalignment for the treatment to work and you have to be dedicated to wearing the aligners for 22 hours per day. Although there are teenage-based Invisalign aligners, the majority of this treatment is aimed at adults. And on top of this, you also have to have very good oral health and have no signs of gum disease or tooth decay.
Do they hurt?
Many people who have worn Invisalign aligners and metal braces have stated that Invisalign is more comfortable, simply because it does not protrude in the same way and does not have brackets and wires. However, you need to be aware that the aligner is designed to move your teeth, so some pressure should be expected and any discomfort you feel during the treatment should be manageable with over-the-counter pain relief.
How often will I need to see my dentist?
You will need to see your dentist while wearing Invisalign around every 6 to 8 weeks. However, with the associated Invisalign app, you will need to send them weekly updates of your smile.
Do the results last?
If you wear the retainers and follow your dentist’s advice once the treatment is completed, then yes the results will last. If you suspect that your teeth are reverting to their previous positions even though you were wearing a retainer, contact your dentist for further guidance.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.