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Frequently Asked Questions About Clear Aligners
3D printed clear aligners are commonly known under the brand name “Invisalign.” Printed clear aligners are clear, thin, comfortable, and safe plastic aligners that fit over your teeth. Using your 3D printed molds, the orthodontist uses digital modeling to digitally align your teeth in a sequential order. A series of aligners is then made, with each aligner moving your teeth ever so slightly per aligner. By the end of the clear aligner series, your teeth will be aligned and your bite will have improved.
If you are an adult who had braces as a child, you may remember having “goopy” molds taken. These molds were called alginate impressions and chances are, they were not the most enjoyable part of your orthodontic experience.
In a nutshell, 3D digital scanners do exactly what molds did, but without the “goop,” bad taste, gagging, mess, and the anxiety many patients experience with molds.
3D digital scans offer a more accurate impression of your teeth and an overall more pleasant experience.
Invisalign is the biggest manufacturer of clear aligners. They are what Kleenex is to tissues or Band-Aid to bandages.
Invisalign is made of clear, transparent, and removable plastic sheets that wrap around your teeth.
It usually comes in a series and each consecutive aligner moves teeth ever so slightly towards your goal of complete alignment. Our team prides itself on delivering the most custom treatment plan for your specific needs.
Invisalign is one of the most comfortable orthodontic appliances out there. The main reason for this is that they rely on light biomechanical forces applied for a short period of time. Because each aligner moves teeth just 0.2mm at a time, patients often do not feel their teeth moving making treatment a comfortable ordeal.
By nature of the plastic of which they’re made, Invisalign aligners are completely transparent and nearly invisible. This makes them an ideal appliance for patients in search of an esthetic orthodontic appliance.
They are also removable. While treatment progress depends on 20-22 hour daily wear, Invisalign aligners can be taken out at any time during the day, making brushing and flossing a breeze.
Invisalign is best suited for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic problems.
- Mild crowding, spacing, crossbites, and overbites.
- Patients who need orthodontic treatment to facilitate restorative treatment by their general dentist. This includes patients who need space for a cap (crown) or implant.