What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Using advanced 3D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign depicts your complete treatment plan based on your Invisalign Provider’s prescription, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth – and your teeth only – to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for 1-2 weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, gradually moving towards the projected final position. Your Invisalign treatment time will be determined by your Invisalign Provider, based on your specific needs.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible. No one may even notice that you’re wearing this virtually invisible aligners, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others.
Invisalign aligners are removable giving you the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. And you can also remove the aligners to brush floss as you normally would for fresh breath and to maintain good oral hygiene.
Unlike traditional fixed braces, there are no metal brackets or wires. This means that in most cases less time is spent in your Invisalign Provider’s practice for adjustments.
And finally, Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you even begin treatment so you can see how your teeth are expected to look when your treatment is complete.
Is this a new way to straighten teeth?
Dentists have, in the past, successfully used removable appliances for years. But with the application of Align Technology’s 3D computer technology and mass-customisation, the Invisalign System can be used to treat a wide range of patients who wants straighter teeth. The unique ClinCheck software allows patients to see their treatment plan from beginning to end even before the start of treatment.
How old is the company?
Align Technology Inc., the company that manufactures Invisalign, was founded in 1997.
How old is the technology?
In 1945, Dr H.D. Kiesling envisioned that one day modern technology would enable the use of series of teeth positioners to produce the kinds of movements required for comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Align technology produces Invisalign, a series of customised clear aligners. Each aligner is worn sequentially by the patient to produce gradual tooth movements in both upper and lower arches.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign aligners move teeth with an appropriate placement of controlled movement on the teeth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign not only controls the amount of movement per aligner, but also the timing of the movement. So at each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move, as per Invisalign treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system that moves teeth into the desired prescribed position.
What are aligners made of and what do they look like?
The nearly invisible aligners are made of strong medical grade thermoplastic material, uniquely developed for Invisalign System. They are custom-made for you and fit snugly over your teeth.
Can I go to any dental practitioner for treatment with Invisalign?
While Invisalign can be used with virtually any treatment philosophy, special training is needed. All orthodontists and dentists interested in treating patients with Invisalign must attend training to become qualified and proficient in the various requirements for treating patients before treatments will be accepted from their office. Dr Przemek Popielarek at Westport Dental Centre has been a certified Invisalign dentist since 2011 and has achieved an Invisalign Platinum Provider status.
What is the minimum age of a patient that a doctor can treat with Invisalign?
With experience, an Invisalign Provider can use Invisalign to treat malocclusion for a majority of adults and adolescents who want a better smile. For teenagers, talk to your Invisalign Provider, Dr Przemek Popielarek, to see whether Invisalign Teen may be the right treatment option for your child.
How often must I see my Invisalign Provider once I have started treatment?
Appointment intervals are generally the same as with traditional braces but can be much quicker with less time spent in the dentist’s chair during appointments as no adjustments need to be made to wires/brackets. Patients typically visit their Invisalign Provider every 4 to 6 weeks to ensure the treatment is progressing as planned, and to receive their next few sets of Invisalign aligners, but your Invisalign Provider will decide based on your treatment.
How long does the Invisalign treatment take?
The total duration of treatment depends on the complexity of the treatment and is generally comparable to that of traditional braces. Typically treatment can last between 3 and 18 months. During your consultation, your Invisalign Provider can give you more detailed information.
Is the Invisalign treatment painful?
Some people may experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days, at the beginning of each new stage of treatment when they insert a new aligner. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It is a sign that the aligners are working – moving your teeth gradually, helping you to achieve the final result. The discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days.
Does the Invisalign work on overbites?
An Invisalign Provider can use Invisalign to treat overbites in the vast majority of adults and adolescents. Consult your Invisalign Provider to determine whether Invisalign is suitable for you.
Are there certain dental conditions that automatically exclude someone from being an eligible patient?
Only your Invisalign Provider can determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment.
Are bridges a factor in Invisalign treatment?
Because bridges firmly link two or more teeth together, they offer significant resistance to tooth movement. Your Invisalign Provider will be able to determine whether bridges will be a factor in your treatment.
Are crowns a factor in Invisalign treatment?
Crowns (tooth caps) are usually not a factor in Invisalign treatment. However, sometimes small tooth-coloured composites called “attachments” are bonded onto teeth to help achieve certain movements and are more difficult to bond on crowns than teeth. In these cases, the location of crowns must be carefully evaluated. An Invisalign Provider can provide further advice.
Can Invisalign close gaps?
Yes. Spaces between teeth are generally easy to close with Invisalign. Consult your Invisalign Provider to determine whether Invisalign is suitable for you.
Will TMJ affect Invisalign treatment?
To find out if your TMJ problem will adversely impact treatment, consult an Invisalign Provider. TMJ refers to the temporomandibular (jaw) joint. People with TMJ condition can have a number of problems with the jaw joint, some of which can be aggravated by appliances and treatments like Invisalign, and some which can improve, remain the same or even cause the condition to deteriorate.
Will I need a retainer after Invisalign treatment?
Yes, if you want to maintain your new smile a retainer is essential. Newly straightened teeth can gradually return to their original position and retainers stop this from happening. Vivera retainers use the same state-of-the-art technology as Invisalign clear aligners. This means they are nearly invisible and custom made to fit your mouth for comfort. They use a special clear plastic that’s stronger than many other retainers and more likely to hold teeth in their new position. They are simple to use too – you can remove them whenever you want, so keeping them clean and maintaining oral hygiene is no problem.
How many patients are being treated with Invisalign?
More than 5 million patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign. The number of Invisalign smiles grows daily.
How much does Invisalign cost?
As with other types of orthodontic treatment, the cost of Invisalign is dependent on the complexity of your issue and your course of treatment. As a general rule the cost is comparable to traditional fixed braces. In Westport Dental Centre prices for Invisalign treatment are generally between €2,950 and €4,450. However, if only minor tooth movement is required, prices could start from €1800.
How do I get started with Invisalign?
Make an appointment with our Invisalign Provider at Westport Dental Centre, Dr Przemek Popielarek, for an initial consultation. Call 09828753 or book online at www. westportdental.ie