Invisalign is a system based on a series of clear aligners, which are changed approximately every two weeks for a new set. As the different aligners are changed, the teeth straighten and align.
The orthodontist’s Laura Junquera and Roberto Lorenzo answer all the doubts about this dental treatment in an interview with Multiestetica.com
What is invisible orthodontics?
Invisalign is a system based on a series of clear aligners, which are changed approximately every two weeks for a new set. As the different aligners are changed, the teeth are straightened and aligned.
What type of patients chooses this alternative?
All those patients are interested in being treated with the best and most advanced treatment techniques for the alignment and treatment of their malocclusion, with minimal repercussions and discomfort in their daily lives.
The Invisalign system is reaching more and more adult and adolescent patients.
What patients are not suitable for wearing this type of orthodontics?
This system can treat, like conventional braces orthodontics, countless orthodontic problems.
For example, adolescents can benefit from this treatment technique thanks to the Invisalign Teen system which has a number of special features:
- Replacement aligners for losses or breaks
- Cooperation indicators (to check that the adolescent uses the aligner)
- Special functions for erupting teeth
Children of growing age who have bone problems and disharmonies in their bones will have to be treated with orthotics (expanders for the palate, thrusters for the jaw, etc.) and wait for later ages to be treated with these techniques.
Are all Invisalign braces removable? Can the patient remove them himself?
Yes, the aligners are removable and removable. They can be removed by the patient to eat, drink, brush or floss.
Is this treatment invisible?
Invisalign is not a bracket system. It consists of:
- Clear aligners or splints
- Transparent attachments: Small “bubbles” that adhere to the teeth in which it is necessary to carry out a special movement such as rotations or root control.
- Transparent elastics: Like the elastics used in conventional orthodontics, but transparent
What are the advantages of invisible orthodontics?
The advantages of this system are innumerable. Among them, we highlight:
- The visual impact is zero or minimal.
- This treatment does not alter your daily life and, therefore, does not generate a lack of confidence or insecurity typical of braces treatments.
- Comfort is remarkable when compared to the typical irritations that wires or braces can generate.
- Hygiene can be maintained as the aligners can be removed for daily brushing.
- It reduces the treatment time in the dental chair compared to the long sessions required to place the fixed appliances.
And the drawbacks of traditional orthodontics?
The aligners can be lost or broken, but this is a problem that can be corrected since once the loss of the aligner is reported to Invisalign, they send us a new aligner in a short period.
Are they as effective as traditional orthodontics?
Yes, the Invisalign technique has been done for more than 20 years. For this reason, like conventional orthodontics, it has evolved a lot and millions of patients have been treated in this way.
Which dental deformities can be treated with Invisalign and which ones cannot?
Invisalign can treat a myriad of malocclusions, from mild crowding to cases that have to be treated with tooth extractions.
We can even combine Invisalign with other types of adjuvant systems such as microscrews.
Do Invisalign orthodontics need special care?
No, daily hygiene and brushing are required by the patient, as with other orthodontic techniques.
The mouth must be in ideal condition before beginning orthodontic treatment: it must not present cavities or gum diseases that have not been previously treated.
The use of dental floss or interproximal brushes is essential.
Is there a big price difference between a traditional orthodontic and an invisible one?
Traditional orthodontics has evolved towards more sophisticated techniques such as self-ligating braces, the price between these and the invisible systems are very similar.
What kinds of invisible orthodontics are there?
Within the Invisalign system we can differentiate:
- Invisalign Lite for very mild crowding or recurrences after previous orthodontic treatments
- Invisalign Teen for Teens
- Invisalign Full for treatments of different malocclusions, severe crowding, extractions
As you describe step by step what Invisalign orthodontic treatment is like?
First, a series of patient records need to be taken: X-rays, photographs, and molds of the mouth. These records are sent to Invisalign and there they make a treatment plan through suitable software.
For the resolution of the case, the professional review the software and makes the pertinent changes. Once that treatment plan is accepted, we receive the different aligners for each patient in our dental office, and the first aligner is placed.
The different aligners are placed until the planned results are achieved in our computer software. Sometimes other measures are taken when we are finishing treatment to refine the case if necessary.
Finally, once the active treatment is finished, passive retainers are placed, an essential part of any type of orthodontic treatment to stabilize the results obtained over time.
What other alternatives are there?
In invisible orthodontics, there are other techniques, but today Invisalign is at the forefront of all of them. In brackets, we can find conventional, self-ligating, metallic, aesthetic systems.
Can any dentist do Invisalign treatments?
No, ideally you should go to a dentist who is specialized in the area of orthodontics and who is also certified in the Invisalign system, a specialist in this field.