A brief guide to Invisalign from Dee Kay Dental
When you are looking for an effective way to straighten your teeth as a teenager or adult, these days you can look beyond the standard metal brace.
There are now many options available to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted, ranging from clear fitted braces to invisible, removable aligners.
Of course, the type of orthodontic tool that will be most suitable for you will be decided by our team based on the severity of your misalignment, but if we can we will always aim to provide the most visually discreet option. Who says orthodontics has to be noticeable?
At Dee Kay Dental, we have extensive knowledge of using braces and aligners with our adult patients, especially the world-famous Invisalign in Sheffield. This simple aligner is removable, clear, lifestyle-friendly and even comes with an app to download onto a smartphone, so you can send our team selfies which help us track progress at a distance.
Here, our team at Dee Kay Dental provides a simplified guide to the creation and use of Invisalign in Sheffield.
At your consultation for Invisalign in Sheffield, our team will examine your teeth and gums to assess suitability; not everyone can wear this aligner successfully and if this is the case, we will suggest another type of orthodontic treatment for you.
If we are happy that you meet all of the required criteria, we will perform a 3D scan of your mouth using an intraoral scanner. These images will then be sent to a laboratory where your aligners will be created.
How the aligner is made
Ever heard of a 3D printer?
Well, using the images collected from the intraoral scanner, a team of orthodontists and some nifty computer equipment will plan how your teeth need to move, using a simulated aligner on a computer screen.
Then, once all the stages are completed digitally, a 3D printer uses this information to create a personalised set of aligners for you to wear.
This process can be quite lengthy, so following your initial consultation with us, you may need to wait up to 4 weeks for your aligners to arrive.
In daily life, you will need to wear your aligner for 22 hours per day as standard.
Failure to do this may result in your teeth moving back into their former positions or delays to the treatment.
To keep your aligners clean, rinse them under a cold tap as and when needed; do not clean them with hot water, as this can cause the plastic to warp. When you take the aligners out (such as when you are eating or drinking), please place them in the carry cases provided, to prevent them from becoming damaged or lost.
Once you have finished your treatment with this invisible aligner, our team will decide if you need to wear a retainer; in 9 out of 10 cases, you will need a retainer to prevent your teeth from moving back into their former positions.
Of course, if you wear the retainer and notice your teeth are moving, then it is worth contacting our team for a follow-up to assess the cause.