What are Invisible Aligners?
Invisible braces are becoming increasingly popular for those looking for straighter teeth, and the results speak for themselves. Our orthodontic practice in Drogheda has seen first-hand the amazing transformations that can be achieved with invisible braces. Frederick Orthodontic clinic is proud to offer this treatment option to our patients.
We encourage you to contact our practice to schedule a consultation if you are considering invisible braces. During your initial consultation, we will be able to answer any questions you have and help you determine if invisible braces are the right choice for you. We look forward to helping you achieve the beautiful, straight smile you have always wanted!
With the growing popularity of invisible aligners, online companies have popped up, claiming the same results are possible without the inconvenience of dental appointments. However, you must be under the care of an orthodontist for this treatment, as results will require a specialist to plan and execute.
They differ from traditional braces significantly; they do not use brackets or metal wires to move the teeth. Instead, they use a series of aligners, similar to retainers; these are then changed periodically (often weekly) to move the teeth to the desired alignment gently. Invisible aligners give the patient the option to see their results digitally before committing to the treatment, and this allows the patient to be in control of their outcome and make tweaks where needed.
Are Invisible Aligners right for me?
Invisible aligners treat an array of misalignments but are often used for crowding and mild overbites. This is due to them being able to be realigned in a short period.
They are extremely popular with adults as they are almost entirely unnoticeable whilst wearing. Often patients opt for this treatment path when they have a profession that involves presenting or speaking in front of people. The aligners take some time to get used to, but they shouldn’t affect your speech.
Clear aligners may, however, not be suitable if you require the most significant alignment, this will be discussed during your initial consultation.
Who is suitable for Invisible Aligners
01. Adults & Children
Invisible aligners are a popular choice for both adults and children who are looking for an alternative to traditional braces. These clear, custom-made aligners are nearly invisible when worn, making them a cosmetically pleasing option. Invisible orthodontics can be used to treat a wide variety of dental problems, including overcrowding, gaps, and misalignments.
02. Get a Personalised Treatment Plan
It is vital that you come and speak to our orthodontist and see what treatment is suitable for your case. This will result in the best results for you. With Invisible Aligners, treatment times vary depending on the severity of the problem, but most patients can expect to see results within six to twelve months. Because they are removable, invisible aligners are also more comfortable and easier to care for than braces. If you are considering invisible orthodontics, be sure to consult with our orthodontist to see if you are a good candidate for treatment.
Invisible aligners follow a similar protocol to traditional braces, as you will be required to visit the practice every 4-8weeks to monitor the improvement of the teeth.
During your initial consultation, your orthodontist will listen to your concerns and inform you of the options available to you. They will then assess your oral health and advise on any treatments that need to be carried out before you start your invisible aligners. Once you have had time to think through your options and completed any outstanding treatment, you will be ready for your first appointment.
During your first appointment, your orthodontist will take a record of your current alignment; they will do this by taking clinical photographs and x-rays. This will assist with the ongoing monitoring and planning of your orthodontic treatment. You will also have a digital scan of your teeth, which is used to plan your treatment and produce your aligners.
Invisible aligners often require some slight adjustments being made to your teeth before they are placed. These adjustments are called interproximal reduction (referred to as IPR). This is the procedure of shaving down some of the tooth material to create gaps between the teeth. These gaps will then be closed once the treatment has been completed. You are also likely to have some small attachments glued onto the teeth to ‘pull’ the teeth into the desired position. These attachments are made of composite, which is the tooth-coloured filling that is often used for front teeth. These attachments will be removed once the treatment has been completed.
Once you have had the necessary preparation for your teeth, you will be given a series of these aligners and instructions on when they should be changed. It is crucial to follow the instructions given to you by your orthodontist to ensure that you stay on track with your treatment; otherwise, your treatment may need to be extended.
Follow-up appointments are usually relatively short and consist of your orthodontist recording your progress and providing you with your next set of aligners. Occasionally you may require further interproximal reduction throughout treatment, and if this is needed, you will be informed during the treatment planning stage. You may also require additional attachments placed throughout or attachments removed before the treatment continues.
You may also be provided with ‘chewies’; these are small pieces of flexible plastic which you will be asked to chew on when you move on to your next aligner. These chewies help push the aligners into the correct place, ensuring that they fit snug on the teeth.
Once the aligners given to you have been completed and worn for the required time, your treatment will be complete. Your orthodontist will discuss the results with you, and if you are happy, they will remove the attachments, and you will be provided with either a fixed retainer or a plastic retainer. Sometimes patients require tweaks to their results, either further aligners, composite bonding or whitening; this is dependent on the individual case and desired outcomes.
You may also be offered a removable plastic retainer which should be worn overnight. Both types of retainer should be worn for the rest of your life to ensure the teeth stay in the desired position.
Was a patient here for just over a year and a half while I got my braces done. Every visit I had was fantastic, always very gentle and made sure always knew exactly what was going on. Highly recommend this practice to anyone needing dental work!
May 9, 2022
Caring for your Aligners & Teeth
The aligners need minimal care, but it is crucial. Every day they should be brushed with water and a toothbrush to prevent debris from getting stuck in the aligner and, in turn, pressed against the teeth. You should remove them when eating and drinking unless you are drinking water.
For aligners to move your teeth effectively, they need to be worn for at least 20-22 hours per day, so once they are removed to eat or drink, you should brush your teeth and put your aligners back in straight away. If you are out and do not have the facilities to brush your teeth, rinsing your mouth with plain water will help until you can brush your teeth.
You should stick to your regular oral hygiene routine, brushing twice daily for two minutes at a time and flossing or using interdental aids daily. All debris must be removed from the teeth before placing your aligners back in to avoid your teeth having prolonged contact with the sugars in your food.
Advantages of Invisible Aligners
The decision to have orthodontic treatment can be difficult, so patients need to know about their options. Patients should also consider any possible advantages and disadvantages with each option so they make an informed choice on what will work best in their situation!
Invisible aligners have a number of benefits for the patient, which far outweigh the slight discomfort that you may feel when changing the aligners.
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Alternative Treatment Options
Invisible aligners are usually the favourite choice for patients as they are the most discreet; however, there are alternative options. These options include:
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