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The desire for straight teeth and a head-turning smile has never been greater. With a never ending stream of media feeds revealing beautiful smiles showing-off straight white teeth – it’s no surprise to report that more and more people of all ages are considering teeth straightening options.
Invisalign® Clear Aligners
Invisalign® has done a great job of promoting their product – resulting in a considerable amount of public awareness – due to the lure of their clear bracketless aligners. But there’s a lot more to Invisalign® than cosmetic appeal; as this global tooth straightening method does effectively perform the task of moving teeth. Teeth Straightening – or moving mis-aligned teeth in to correct position to improve a patient’s bite, requires the specific amount of force being exerted on certain teeth for a designated amount of time. Most people are familiar with orthodontic methods that use brackets and wires to align teeth – the same principle is being actioned – gentle pressure on teeth to create movement. Invisalign® performs the same action – pressure on teeth for a pre-established amount of time to bring teeth in to better alignment.
How Can Removable Aligners Be Effective?
Dr. Rhemtulla is a General Dentist and a Calgary Invisalign® provider who explains that the clear aligners have been fabricated from customized digital impressions of a patient’s teeth and bite. Though the aligners are removable; they are expected to be worn for 22 hours a day – only being removed during meals and for sports activities that require the use of a mouthguard. The customization of aligners results in predicted tooth movement and expectations of treatment results in a certain time period. Invisalign® treatment involves wearing a set of aligners – each aligner is worn for approximately two weeks before switching to the next aligner in sequence.
Can Anyone Wear Invisalign®?
Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® cater to mid-teens and adult patients. Younger patients aren’t ideal candidates due to the removability of aligners and risk of losing them. As to whether Invisalign® is suitable for you – that can only be established after a consultation with an Invisalign® provider, who is able to provide an in-depth diagnosis and treatment plan.