We all would like to have a perfect smile with nicely aligned teeth that are gleamingly white. A study reported that 38% of Americans would not date someone with teeth that were significantly misaligned. In North America, roughly 80% of teenagers undergo some form of treatment to align their teeth. Clear teeth aligners first began being used to straighten teeth in the 1970s and is largely a more aesthetically pleasing option compared to traditional metal braces that have been in use for many years.
Clear aligners can gradually move teeth into a position where the top and bottom teeth fit nicely together and are properly spaced. One popular option is Invisalign, an orthodontic treatment that uses aligners composed of a thermoplastic material branded as SmartTrack that is gentle but durable. The maker, Align Technology, boasts that more than six million people have successfully used this product. They are also now offering Invisalign for teens. Some of the common problems that can be corrected include:
- Gaps in the teeth
- Teeth that are crowded together
In your first visit, a specialist will make an assessment to determine if Invisalign is appropriate for you. They will likely scan your teeth and then use software to determine the best way to guide your teeth into the proper position. You are generally able to see a multi-dimensional preview of how your teeth may appear after the treatment is completed. The aligners used will apply pressure to the teeth to reposition them according to your customized plan of treatment.
Invisalign Treatment Time Compared to Traditional Braces
The usual time an Invisalign treatment lasts is 12 months. This is in contrast to the typical two-year period that traditional braces are worn. This decrease in treatment time is one key advantage compared to metal braces. Your dental professional is typically able to provide a fairly accurate approximation based on your specific characteristics. Adults who had braces as children but have experienced some shifting in their teeth may have an even shorter treatment time.
Best Practices for Timely and Successful Treatment
- The aligners are to be worn for at least 22 hours a day.
- You will wear each tray of aligners for a set period of time until starting another.
- Be sure to closely follow the treatment plan schedule as directed—your compliance is critical.
- Those wearing Invisalign braces are to remove them when eating.
- The braces are also to be removed when brushing your teeth.
Options for Potentially Shortening Treatment Times
There are some FDA-approved treatment options such as devices that accelerate the process further. AcceleDent is a device that is worn for roughly 20 minutes per day that features SoftPulse Technology. It sends small pulses to the area of the teeth to stimulate blood flow and improve activity in the jawbone. It has been shown to allow for Invisalign patients to progress through their trays more rapidly.
Another option called PROPEL is used to “stimulate bone remodeling” and may allow for more rapid positioning of the teeth. It works with the Invisalign clear aligners and most traditional styles of braces. It is usually found to be appropriate for more than 80% of those receiving orthodontic care.
Professionals for Ensuring Excellent Oral Health in Mesa
East Valley Dental Professionals (EVDP) was founded in the 1980s as a provider of full-service oral health care for the whole family. Our patients recognize and appreciate the friendly, professional, and individualized care that we provide. Many people dread visiting the dentist. At EVDP, we strive to maintain an environment that is relaxed and comfortable to better ensure you have a positive experience. We encourage you to contact us today at (480) 838-3033 to schedule an appointment.