Invisalign® in Port Coquitlam
Traditionally, people with misaligned teeth would use metal braces for a year in order to straighten teeth, close gaps, and fix any imperfections. Now you can straighten your teeth without braces! Perfect your smile, love the way you look, and boost confidence with Invisalign®!
Key Benefits of Invisalign®
- No braces
- No one knows you’re wearing anything them
- Straighten teeth
- Boost confidence
- Easy to clean
Whether you are suffering from headaches, tooth loss or crooked teeth, Invisalign may be an ideal solution for you. With its invisible design, Invisalign will help restore your smile and improve your self-image and confidence. Instead of the uncomfortable and noticeable metal braces that are used traditionally, Invisalign utilizes a series of progressive liners, adjusting your teeth without interfering with your diet or lifestyle.
One of the most remarkable benefits of the high-tech Invisalign system is that you be able to see what your smile is going to look like before the process has even started, eliminating any guesswork and giving you realistic expectations.
What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?
Invisalign is an alternative to the clunky, traditional metal braces that were the old standard. Instead of a mouth full of metal, Invisalign uses a series of nearly invisible aligners made of thermoplastic material. The aligners are custom-made for each patient and designed to move your teeth exactly where you want them over time.
Throughout the treatment, you will receive new aligners that make a slight adjustment to your tooth position. Using the controlled force, the aligners move only the specific teeth targeted, allowing your teeth to move into place gradually. The dentist will map out the treatment plan before the treatment process has begun, making the end goal clear for both the patient and the dentist.
What Is The Treatment Process?
As the aligners are custom-made for each patient, the treatment process is different for each patient. Depending on the severity of the case, the amount of time required will be different. The average patient’s treatment process is about one year, but ultimately, your specific treatment plan will be determined by your dentist.
Initially, you will need to come in for a consultation to make sure Invisalign is right for you. Once that is determined, your plan will be mapped out and the aligners will be created. Some individuals require some added tooth-colored attachments to help the aligner sit on the teeth better. The average time between aligners is about two weeks but varies patient to patient. You will need to check in with the doctor every four to six weeks to ensure the process is going well.
How Will It Affect My Life?
One of the major purposes of Invisalign is that it will not interfere with your life. Since Invisalign is virtually invisible, no one will be able to tell that you are wearing the aligners during your treatment. The aligners themselves are removable and can be taken out for eating and drinking, though they do need to be worn 20 to 22 hours daily to make sure you will achieve progress in the allotted timeframe. The movement of your teeth with Invisalign is also not painful like metal braces. While it may be uncomfortable for a few days with each new aligner, you will not be in any pain.
How Do I Take Care Of My Aligners?
Since you are going to be wearing the aligners most of the time, you will need to take them out and clean them each time you brush your teeth. This will help keep any bacteria from building up inside of the trays themselves. Using your normal toothpaste and toothbrush will work well and ensure that you will not stain or discolor the aligners accidentally.
You can also care for them by removing them when you eat, or when you drink anything that could stain, such as coffee and tea. Chewing while wearing your aligners will damage or distort them, compromising the aligner’s fit and your treatment progress.
What Happens After Treatment?
Once you have completed your Invisalign treatment, you will be given a retainer. The retainer is meant to hold the recently moved teeth in place, ensuring that they do not move back to where they were before. Since everyone is different, the plan for the retainers can vary person to person, but you are going to need to wear your retainer to help your jaw harden up and hold the teeth in place.
Ideally, you will wear your retainer indefinitely, keeping all of that hard work exactly where it should be. There is no major removal process at the end of the treatment. If you needed a button to help your trays sit right, that will be removed, but otherwise, the end of treatment is simply taking the aligner tray out.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Invisalign® can be removed at any time!
Invisalign® costs are comparable to the costs associated with braces.
Most patients see results anywhere between 3-12 months
Invisalign® will most likely not be covered by your service provider. However, you may want to contact them to find out more.