For both adults and children, there’s no fun way to have a thorough dental examination and then be told that braces may be necessary in order to straighten out will be a lifelong problem without treatment. There have been a lot of advances over the years in both dental surgical techniques, as well as braces and headgear in order to try to minimize the amount of visibility and discomfort these treatments bring.
Invisalign braces are the latest and most popular solution to corrective devices that can move and straighten teeth in order to create a healthier, more attractive mouth. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign is largely transparent, which means it’s much less obvious to see on a person’s face. Best of all though, Invisalign is re-movable, meaning that when mealtime arrives, there are no dietary restrictions the way there might be with braces.
But one thing to keep in mind for every individual dental case is that every person is just that; unique. So even when many people are advised to try Invisalign braces to correct a dental problem, that doesn’t mean that everyone will arrive at the same results in the same frame of time. Sometimes this means that more than one type of alignment may be involved.
The General Work
Someone that is first recommended to use Invisalign braces will generally be advised to do so because a den-tal professional sees some long-term problems with the current positioning of teeth in the mouth. This can be anything from “crooked” teeth to teeth applying too much pressure to each other an unnecessarily crowding, to any number of other issues.
In these situations, Invisalign braces are worn so as to put constant but gentle pressure on teeth in the desired direction and move them to an optimal configuration. Invisalign braces are designed to a person’s specific tooth and mouth measurements to help facilitate this. However, once the general period with wearing your initial set of Invisalign braces is done, there may still be more aligners in your future.
The Refinement Process
Sometimes the unexpected may occur, and when your check-up is complete, it may be determined that while most of the teeth behaved and moved in the predicted way, some did not. This may be due to some teeth be-ing more “stubborn” about the direction they were being moved in. Or it could be that some unforeseen factor caused them to move in a slightly different direction than anticipated.
Whatever the case may be, for a certain percentage of Invisalign wearers, there is a “refinement period” that may be required to take care of a few last, lingering portions of the total alignment process. This may mean that af-ter the planned number of “trays” that you were expected to wear, a new set, crafted specifically to deal with the remaining problem areas may be required.
In general, once teeth have been arranged into their final configuration, they may still be vulnerable to “reverting” back to the previous position for about a year. Careful post-Invisalign treatment can prevent this.