The reason why Invisalign London has become so popular is due to its design and of course its discretion! In recent years, this aligner has allowed adult orthodontic care to explode in popularity, as it is a removable aligner which is visually discreet. Here, you will be introduced to a simplified guide relating to this invisible aligner, so you can learn more about how it works and why it remains so popular.
The first step of having a clear aligner fitted is to meet with your dentist who will assess you for suitability. It is worth noting that invisible aligners will not be able to correct all types of orthodontic misalignments. If you have misaligned teeth which include the molars, a protrusion or severe misalignment, then you may be more suited for a fitted brace. But if your dental team determines that you are suitable for invisible aligners, then they will take an intraoral scan of your mouth that will be used to create the aligners.
Making the aligners
Invisible aligners are created in a dental laboratory and are actually printed using a 3D printer. But this is not the first step. The dental lab and your dentist will work with you to determine the end result that you want from this treatment. Then, using specialised technology, a computer will move your teeth using digital forces. This will then allow your dentist to see the steps that need to be taken for this aligner to move your teeth to the final position. This will then be used to create the shapes of each aligner needed in the process.
An average treatment with invisible aligners involves between 12 to 14 aligners being used and will take an average of 3 to 6 months, depending on the severity of the issue being treated.
Wearing them each day
To get the most from your aligners, you need to wear them every single day for a minimum of 22 hours per day. If you do not do this, the treatment may stall, or your teeth may revert back to their previous positions. It is worth noting that these invisible aligners are designed to move your teeth. And while they may be more comfortable than standard fitted braces, it is common for there to be a fair amount of pressure on your teeth whilst wearing the aligners. When the aligner feels loose in your mouth (usually after about 14 days), it is time to switch to the next aligner in the series.
Do not attempt to skip an aligner without the overview of your dental team. As even the slightest change in the aligners shape can cause the teeth to revert or move unpredictably.
These aligners are removable and therefore, it is possible that they will be misplaced. Should this occur, you will need to contact your dentist and have a replacement aligner sent to you. As before, you should not skip to the next aligner in the sequence, as this can cause misalignments to worsen.