Understanding What Invisalign is

The Invisalign is an advanced clear teeth aligner system which is trusted by over 7 million people around the world.  Backed by 2 decades of innovation, it is used to realign malpositioned teeth with a series of custom-made aligners specifically tailored for each patient.

The Invisalign is powered by three elements that treat a wide range of dental conditions including simple to complex cases. It is also used for post-treatment retention.  The key elements used in it are SmartTrack materials, SmartStaging technology, and SmartForce features.

An Invisalign trained orthodontist  generally prescribes an Invisalign system to their patients.  The price of Invisalign products is decided by the doctor depending upon the patient treatment plan.

Technological Advantages of Invisalign

  1. The aligner technology comes with a SmartTrack material which offers gentle as well as added force constantly, to enhance the movement of the tooth to the right position.
  2. With SmartStaging technology, each tooth movement is programmed in a specific way so as to obtain the desired outcomes and better predictability.
  3. The aligners come with attachments and specific features to provide the defined force to the tooth so that it achieves a predictable position.

Patient Advantages of Invisalign

  1. Customized Aligners: Your orthodontist will take the precise impression of your teeth using digital scanners and create aligners specifically designed for you.
  2. Removable Aligners: Now with Invisalign aligners, you can simply remove them when you need to such as while eating, drinking, brushing, flossing or for any special occasion.
  3. Effectiveness: With Invisalign, you will see improvement in your teeth alignment shortly after the treatment is started which means you can enjoy a wonderful smile and a boost in confidence during the treatment itself.
  4. Comfort: The edges of Invisalign are smooth which assures no irritation to your cheeks or gums.
  5. Clarity: As Invisalign is virtually invisible, it ensures that nobody notices that you’re undergoing teeth straightening procedure.

Why Choose Us?

  1. Well-trained Professional team: We have a team of certified Orthodontist and dental surgeons at Al Mumtaz Dental Center that is recognized as one of the best Invisalign providers in the Al Ain region.
  2. Cutting-edge Technology: With the latest technology such as 3Shape digital scanners to scan your teeth, we can get an exact impression of your teeth to come up with customized aligners.
  3. Faster Process: Now with digital scanners, we can send the impressions digitally to Invisalign labs within no time so work on your aligners can be started immediately.
  4. Accurate and Better Fit: As digital scanners are far superior to conventional methods; the aligners are guaranteed to fit you perfectly.
  5. Multidisciplinary Team: Several dental treatments require an add-on approach which may include tooth restorations with Invisalign to obtain the optimum results.  Al Mumtaz Dental has all the specialists at one place which allows our orthodontists to plan with ease and assure a thorough treatment for you.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Invisalign treatment consists of 4 basic steps.

  1. Consultation & Examination: The first step is to visit our dental center for consultation and examination by one of our highly experienced Orthodontist to assess the treatment plan for you.
  2. Orthodontic Records: The 3D digital scans, radiographs and photographs are taken which help our orthodontists to come up with an ideal treatment plan for you.
  • Digital Scan: We conduct a digital scan of your teeth and this scan is forwarded to Align Technology Lab which is charged with creating perfectly fitting aligners for you.
  1. Review of ClinCheck: Our orthodontist sends the Align Technology office a detailed prescription ideal for your treatment.  The Align Technology, with the help of its advanced digital software will create a video which entails a story of your teeth movement from their initial to final position.  The orthodontist will go through the video, review it and make several changes to assure perfectly tailored aligners are created for you.

Among these four steps, the last one is the most important, as the treatment outcome greatly depends upon the movement accuracy.  Only with the help of an experienced orthodontist, it can be ensured that the video put forward by the Align Technology is, in fact, the actual representation of the final outcome.  Once the orthodontist approves ClinCheck the Align technology will manufacture the aligners as planned.

Invisalign simply means clear teeth aligners backed up by technology put forward by Align labs. They offer a virtually invisible and more advanced alternative to any type of traditional braces.

  1. Appearance: When it comes to Invisalign, they don’t require any kind of wires or brackets.  The Invisalign treatment comes with a series of clear, customized, and removable appliances known as aligners manufactured by Align Technology.  Few of the many reasons the patients opt for Invisalign treatment are, they are virtually invisible. In fact, these aligners can be removed and put back whenever required.  For instance, if you need to go to a special event, off go the aligners.
  2. Treatment Duration: The duration of the Invisalign treatment depends on the severity of malocclusion that varies from patient to patient. However, with Invisalign aligners, you are likely to notice a difference earlier than traditional methods.  Also, a less number of appointments are required so it suits your busy schedule.
  • Comfort: You can remove and put the Invisalign conveniently back on whenever required e-g for eating, drinking or for regular oral hygiene.  You just need to make sure that you brush your teeth before putting them back on.
  1. Safety: Invisalign are smooth and comfortable compared to any traditional braces that come with protruding and sharp edges which can cause irritation to your mouth and gums.  In fact, with Invisalign you need not to worry about any injuries which can be caused by broken wires or brackets.
  2. Results: It’s a no surprise that with Invisalign, you always know what result to expect.  This is because the entire treatment is fully computerized and claims to achieve more predictable movement of the teeth.  This will help you to understand all the details such as the outcome to expect and how long you will be required to wear the aligners.

It is true that Invisalign is suitable for most of the cases, but not all.  In fact, our specialist orthodontist will examine and make sure that you’re a suitable candidate to have Invisalign system.  Our orthodontist suggests the Invisalign system when patients have gapped teeth, overbite, underbite, open bite, cross bite or overly crowded teeth.

Each aligner manufactured by the Align Technology is designed to move your teeth to the desired position by small amounts.  On average, the aligners are changed after an interval of 1-2 weeks.  Each succeeding aligner progressively moves your teeth to the desired position in such a way that by at the end of the treatment, your teeth would have achieved their perfect position.

It is advised that you wear your aligners provided by your orthodontist for 22 hours on a daily basis.  This will allow the new set of aligners to fit accurately.  If your teeth are not subjected to 22 hours of daily wear, the new set of aligners may not fit as expected and thus will not provide the desired results.

However, you can remove your aligners on the following occasions:

  1. Eating and drinking: The aligner provided to you during the treatment course will act as a barrier between your teeth and food and thus it is convenient to remove them while having food.  If needed, you can keep your aligners on while drinking provided you’re cautious and your drink does not stain your aligners, which is possible with certain beverages such as tea, coffee or soda.
  2. Oral Hygiene: With Invisalign, you get a unique benefit.  You can simply remove the aligners when you practice your daily regimen of maintaining oral hygiene such as brushing or flossing.

No, there are no restrictions on what you can eat or drink when you’re using your removable aligners during the treatment.  However, its highly recommended that you maintain your oral hygiene such as brushing your teeth and flossing them after your meals and before reinserting the aligners.

The change in speech pattern while undergoing Invisalign treatment is minor, temporary or more frequently may not occur at all.  However, in few cases, there will be slight change in the speech for a day or two and when your tongue adapts to the aligners these slight changes shall disappear

When Invisalign is worn for the first time, you might experience a certain lisp.  This lisp might be only noticeable to you.  During the treatment process, if Invisalign causes any defect in speech, its highly recommended that you pronounce the words using the aligners on.  As your tongue gets adapted to the aligners, slowly, the lisp shall disappear.

As Invisalign technology make use of very light pushing force, normally you shouldn’t experience any severe pain.  Upon changing the aligners during the treatment course, you might experience minor discomfort and some pressure for a day or two.

Although the aligners provided to you by our orthodontist are convenient to remove when you’re eating or drinking, they require some look after. If you fail to clean your trays properly afterwards, it may result in discoloration and bacteria buildup. To make sure that you take care of your Invisalign aligners there are certain Dos and Don’ts which you need to follow:

Dos:

  1. It is recommended that you rinse your aligners when you remove them. Dry saliva and plaque buildup create an ideal ground for breeding bacteria.
  2. It is highly recommended to brush and floss your teeth before reinserting your aligners. If you fail to floss or brush properly, you might trap harmful particles between your teeth and aligners. This increases the likelihood of developing a dental issue such as decay or cavities.
  3. Always clean your aligners with a clear anti-bacterial soft soap. This keeps your aligners clear and of course free from any harmful bacteria.
  4. While cleaning, always brush your aligners gently. As vigorous brushing may scratch your aligners which may leave impressions.

Don’ts:

  1. Eating & drinking while wearing Invisalign: Water is an exception in this case.  Many food items and drinks can stain or discolor your aligners and can cause them to become sticky.  It recommended to remove your Invisalign before you eat or drink.
  2. Cleaning aligners with toothpaste: Certain types of toothpastes, especially the ones with whitening agents are abrasive.  This will dull your aligners or create small holes which are not visible by the naked eye but can trap bacteria to reside and breed.
  3. Cleaning with colored soap: Clear anti-bacterial soap is the best choice for cleaning your aligners.  Anything other than this such as colored soaps can lead to shading or discoloration.
  4. Leaving aligners exposed or unprotected: Leaving your aligners in an open environment expose it to various types of harmful bacteria and germs.  Its highly recommended that you rinse, soak and rinse them again before putting them back on

Due to individual differences in the severity of malocclusion, without a proper oral examination by our orthodontist, it is impossible to speak anything about how long it will take for your Invisalign treatment to complete.  On an average, it takes about 6 to 18 months in an adult.

Our orthodontist will schedule your regular appointments about once every 4 to 6 weeks.  The purpose of the appointment is to make sure that the Invisalign treatment is progressing as it was planned.

Our orthodontist discourages you from smoking while wearing aligners as it may discolor the aligners.

You can consume alcohol if you take your aligners off before drinking. Clean your teeth and the aligners before putting them back on.  It is because, you might trap sugar between your aligners and teeth.  The same is recommended when you drink sugary beverages.

No, gums stick to the aligners.  It is recommended that you remove your aligners for chewing gums or for any other snacks.

Just like with any regular braces, you need to have retainers when you complete Invisalign treatment.  Our orthodontist shall make a final scan of your teeth just like the one done at the start of procedure.  Our orthodontist will give you retainers that are durable and accurate.

The cost for Invisalign varies with respect to degree of malocclusion or extent of the crowding.  Our orthodontist will estimate the treatment time and will give you a treatment plan and the cost.

On average, the treatment with Invisalign takes around 12 months.  During this time period, you may go through about 20 to 30 Invisalign trays.  If you require a greater dental adjustment when compared to others, then you might need up to 50 trays during your treatment course.  Alternatively, if you require only minor adjustments then then you may need to go with only 10 aligning trays.

After the digital scanning it takes about 3-4 working days to receive the ClinCheck, once the ClinCheck is approved by our orthodontist it takes about 3 weeks to receive the aligners.

An independent study published at National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) states that:

  1. 83% of patients become accustomed to the Invisalign aligners within one week.
  2. 35% of patients experience zero pain and 54% experience mild pain while wearing their Invisalign aligners.
  3. The patients who experienced pain said that they went through discomfort for only 2-3 days after putting their new aligners on for the first time.

With most of the malocclusion Invisalign treatment is as effective as fixed braces.

Here at Al Mumtaz Dental Center we provide most solutions when it comes to Invisalign treatment.  Book your appointment with our Invisalign certified Specialist Orthodontist, Dr. Noman Ashraf today.  We will definitely help you find you a treatment that works the best for you.

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