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Invisalign - Treatment, Procedure And Side Effects

Last Updated: Aug 27, 2019

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a sort of orthodontic treatment that fixes teeth without the utilization of regular metal props. A great smile might be on everyone’s wishlist. For many individuals, this remains as a pipe dream, as the way their teeth have been formed can make a dent on their smile quotient. Every person’s teeth formations are different, and in many cases teeth can be a cluttered mess, and your bite values can be different. This can have an effect on how your mouth looks and in some cases you might not be able to close the upper and lower lips together.

Metal and wire braces were the most common treatment that has been done for ages. These are uncomfortable; not pleasing to look and to clean them can be a nightmare. However, the braces have also advanced to a more invisible format - the Invisalign. It is a brand that is the largest producer of invisible braces. There are other brands too like Clear correct, Inman Aligner, etc. that are in the field of invisible braces. Invisalign are custom built and can be moulded to each person’s individual requirement. You have to talk to your dentist, and they would decide the best treatment plan for you.

What is the Invisalign treatment process?

Invisalign are custom made and shaped to fit the individual’s teeth shape and needs. They are used for moderately crowded teeth and for correcting moderate bite intricacies. They are also used for people who have minor spacing issues. After the decision has been made to use the Invisalign, your dentist would take the measurements of your teeth and calculate how far they have to be moved/corrected. You will be getting several versions of the Invisalign aligners over your treatment period. Invisalign are made of acrylic material or clear plastic, and the biggest advantage is that they can be easily removed while you eat, brush and floss.

These Invisalign aligners will last for a few weeks and once the period gets over you might be fitted with a new set of aligners, more tighter than the previous version. Since clear plastic is used, they appear invisible to the naked eye and can be more comfortable than metal braces. The treatment time depends on how far your teeth have been misaligned and how much your bite quotient is off. It usually takes a period of 12 months to 24 months to get your condition rectified. The treatment is advised for young adults and adults and not recommended for children as their teeth would constantly be evolving.

Who is eligible for the Invisalign treatment?

The purpose of Invisalign treatment is to correct your bite proportions and to correct your teeth to the maximum permissible way. Individuals who are having following dental issues are eligible for the treatment:

  • Open bite
  • Crossbite
  • Gapped teeth
  • Overly crowded
  • Deep bite
  • Underbite

In other words, any individual having misaligned and moderately crowded teeth are potential candidates for this treatment. The treatment can be done once the person is in his/her teens or an adult stage. Also, the treatment can be done for patients with spacing issues.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

The treatment is not recommended for children. A child’s tooth is always growing and can constantly change shape. It is moulded to the form of the person’s teeth, the results may not be very effective for small children. You can check with your dentist and discuss in detail about the medical condition you have before opting for the treatment. Invisalign treatment is generally considered as the safest form of treatment.

Are there any side effects?

There will have no side effects when you opt for Invisalign. You might be having mild discomfort initially when adjusting to the new aligners but this gets accustomed over a period of time. The majority of the people prefer Invisalign over braces as they are perfectly molded to fit your teeth and can be easily removed and your teeth can be brushed as normal.

What should you do after Invisalign treatment?

There are not many post treatment guidelines apart from the basic ones. You might be asked to have a curb on eating hard foods. In most cases, you can even remove them while eating. Also depending on the condition of your teeth, you might have to wear them for a period of 12 to 24 months. Hence every month make sure that you keep your appointment with your dentist. They will adjust the Invisalign arrangements according to the teeth improvement.

How long does it take to straighten your teeth with Invisalign?

It depends on how far your teeth are misaligned and how far your bite mark is off the mark. The average time for wearing this Invisalign could be around 12 months, and it can increase up to 24 months. Also, it depends on how frequently you wear braces. If you have a tendency to remove them often, your misalignment may take a longer recovery period.

How much does it cost for Invisalign in India?

Invisalign can be costly than regular braces in India. It depends on the type of dental clinic you are having the procedure. An average procedure can cost about range from Rs.1,50,000-Rs.3,50,000 and your post-dental checkups and the medications can be added. Since the braces are custom made and involve a significant process, the rates can be a bit expensive.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Yes in 98% of the cases the results are permanent. In extremely rare cases you might have to go for an additional treatment to correct your teeth positions. Also since Invisalign is performed only moderately crowded teeth and bite problems, they have a very high success rate.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

The alternatives to Invisalign can include the traditional metal and wire braces. They are cheap compared to Invisalign but can be uncomfortable in the long run. They cannot be removed, and hence they cannot be properly cleaned at all times. Your oral hygiene can always be minimal when you are using metal braces.

Key Highlights

Safety: High

Effectiveness: High

Timeliness: Medium

Relative Risk: Low

Side Effects: Low

Recovery Time: High

Price Range: RS. 3,00,000 and above

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Written ByDr. Vikram Singh AtwalPCAD,MCID Implant,BDS,Advanced AestheticsDentistry
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