If you are looking to adjust your smile then you may be considering Invisalign clear aligners. Our Richmond dentist talks about treatment using clear aligns and how Invisalign aligners are made.
If you're thinking about using Invisalign clear aligners instead of braces for your orthodontic treatment, you might be curious about how they're made. This makes sense since they will be a part of your life for a long time!
Invisalign Aligners Made From Medical-Grade Resins
Invisalign clear aligners are similar to braces in that they can be removed to eat and drink. Invisalign clear aligners are constructed of clear, transparent plastic rather than the metal and brackets seen in traditional braces. They are BPA-free, high-molecular-weight USP Class VI medical-grade polyurethane resins.
Custom Fit & Production of Invisalign Clear Aligners
Each situation is unique, just like traditional orthodontic treatment with metal braces, and will necessitate a customized treatment plan.
Invisalign aligners are tailored to fit your mouth perfectly and are specifically developed to help you reach your smile goals.
You will visit your dentist in person during the consultation to have X-rays, impressions, and pictures of your teeth taken. Your dentist can build a tailored treatment plan and discuss it with you based on these pictures and X-rays. Your clear aligners will be made after you have approved the expected results.
For very accurate scans, our intraoral scanners will develop a model of your teeth by obtaining photos of each tooth. You'll also receive a preview of how your teeth will look once your treatment is complete.
The dentist will do quadrant and full-bite scans to analyze your malocclusion in relation to the rest of your mouth.
The entire model, along with the scanned pictures, is then transmitted to Align Technologies, where the aligners are manufactured.
Treatment With Invisalign Clear Aligners
Throughout your Invisalign clear aligner treatment, you will switch between sets that will allow your teeth to move in modest increments.
Invisalign treatment typically lasts one year, and you will typically wear each new set of aligners for two weeks before switching to the next. This means that you will most likely use 50 or more aligner sets during your therapy.