Health & Fitness

How To Optimise Your Invisalign Treatment

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invisalign treatment

Invisalign uses the latest dental technology, which involves computer-modelling and computerised manufacturing to move the teeth to their perfect position gradually. Invisalign treatment is usually precise, but the patients have a role to play in the success of their treatment.

For your Invisalign London treatment to be successful, you need commitment amongst other things. Thousands of people have used Invisalign to straighten their teeth in the past couple of years, and for you to optimise your treatment, you need to know the following six Invisalign tips.

Wear your aligners full time

It may take some time for you to get used to wearing your aligners, but with consistency, you would be comfortable wearing your aligners full time. Wearing your aligners full time mean that you would have your aligners in your mouth for at least 22 hours a day. The other two hours are for you to eat, take any drink besides water and clean your teeth.

If you do not wear your aligners full time, your aligners may not fit properly to move your teeth, and each new set aligners will be worse. You may need to take new impressions or scan of your teeth if this happens in order to make new sets of aligners. With this, your treatment time will be extended.

Use Invisalign chewies

When your aligners fit perfectly, they would move your teeth faster, and you can move on to the next set of your aligners too. When you have air gaps between your aligners and teeth, it means that your aligners do not fit properly. You can use Invisalign chewies to remove the air gaps and make your aligner fit better.

Invisalign chewies are small soft sponge made of a plastic material called Styrene Copolymer. If you bite down on them for 5 – 10 minutes when you re-insert your aligners, they help the aligners fit better. Regular use of Invisalign can shorten your treatment time.

Be open to using attachments

In some cases of misalignments, using only the plastic aligners may not be sufficient to move the teeth. For your Invisalign treatment to be effective, your orthodontist may fix attachments to your teeth to apply extra pressure that will move the teeth faster.

Invisalign attachments are small tooth-coloured dots made with filling materials. The attachments have a better grip on the teeth where the aligners may slip off. Your Invisalign attachments may make your aligners more visible depending on the colour your orthodontist used or the position it was placed.

IPR may be important

You may require interproximal reduction (IPR) depending on the arrangement of your teeth and the movement you need. Interproximal reduction involves your orthodontist gently removing some part of the enamel on overcrowded teeth. Your orthodontist will use a computer model to identify the areas that need more space and how much space you need for your teeth re-alignment. IPR is safe, and it allows the creation of space to aid the easy movement of the teeth.

Consider PROPEL

PROPEL involves your orthodontist making a small virtual painless puncture in the bone on areas where your teeth need movement. PROPEL can reduce your Invisalign treatment time by up to 60%. The PROPEL system focuses on the biological response of the teeth other than the mechanical system that Invisalign uses to move the teeth to their perfect position.

Wear your retainer

When you have invested your time and resources in Invisalign to move your teeth to their perfect position, you don’t want that effort to be wasted. The best way to retain your teeth in their new position and avoid a relapse is to wear your retainer.

Your retainer will help support the structure that holds your newly aligned teeth until they settle in their new position. After your treatment, wear your retainer all day, then with time, you can wear the retainer only at night.

If you want to get Invisalign for straightening your teeth, contact London Braces on 020 37457520 to book an appointment for your Invisalign treatment.