Rochedale Dental Group

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Mon:8am – 5:30pm
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Invisalign

Invisalign is the clear alternative to braces that can help you achieve a smile to be proud of. It is an orthodontic system that uses 3D digital modeling technology to straighten the teeth using clear custom-fitted removable aligners. Invisalign consists of a series of custom manufactured, thin, clear removable aligners which you change every two weeks to gently move the teeth in small increments from their original to a more desired position.

Invisalign offers an aesthetic alternative to conventional braces. The aligners are virtually invisible so most people won’t realize that you are wearing them and they don’t have metal wires or brackets. Invisalign aligners are the modern and hygienic way to straighten your teeth, they are comfortable to wear and are removable so you can eat what you like, and also brushing and flossing your teeth normally, that are generally difficult with conventional braces.

The aligners are commonly used in combination with temporary tooth coloured resin attachments on one or more teeth to facilitate teeth movement, which are removed at the completion of treatment. Also, shaping of one or more teeth may be necessary to create space, teeth alignment and allow the guided teeth movements.

Numerous factors, some of which may only become apparent during treatment can influence the progress and duration of treatment. For this reason it is difficult to fix an exact treatment period. Most patients will undergo a few more aligners (called refinement aligners) in combination with shaping of teeth in the final phase of treatment to gain an ideal smile.

At the completion of treatment, retention of the teeth position is required to prevent unwanted future teeth movement (relapse). This usually involves wearing night time retainers and hidden bonded retention wires.


Instructions

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Aligners are to be worn for at least 22 hours per day, removing only to eat, brush and floss. Replacing each set of aligners approximately every 2 weeks. An ideal fit of the current aligners to the teeth is necessary before moving to the next set of aligners. Failure to wear the aligners full time can lengthen the treatment time and affect the ability to achieve the desired result.


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Follow up dental appointments are usually every 6 weeks for review of treatment progress and issue of the subsequent next 3 sets of aligners.


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Except for water (cold/tap), the aligners are to be removed when eating and drinking. This is to avoid potential risk of tooth decay or staining of the teeth, and extreme heat may cause warping of the aligners.


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For continued excellent oral health, daily toothbrushing and flossing (after each meal before re-inserting aligners), nightly fluoride mouth rinses, and regular professional cleaning appointments are advised.


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Aligner hygiene. Daily cleaning with soapy water using a soft toothbrush, as well as regularly soaking the aligners in 30% white vinegar in water. Do not use denture cleaners or soak them in mouth rinses as this may damage and discolour the aligners.


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Storage of aligners. Provided are two (red and blue) aligner storage cases to help prevent loss or damage, the blue case is for the current set of aligners and the red case for the most recently used aligners. Always store the aligners in a cool dry place.


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Daily monitoring/checking:

  • even fit of aligners
  • resin attachments
  • tightness between teeth when flossing. If too tight, aligner guided teeth movement may not occur. Please contact the surgery immediately for an adjustment

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Please contact the surgery immediately if,

  • current aligner is loss or damaged.
  • broken teeth and/or fillings.
  • dislodged crowns or bridges.
  • loss of resin attachments.

Inconveniences and Precautions

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Initially speech may be temporarily affected (lisping), but should disappear within one to two weeks as the tongue gets used to having the aligners in your mouth.


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At the start of wearing each new aligners there may be some soreness to the teeth. This is normal and a sign that the Invisalign aligners are moving your teeth to their final destination. The soreness should gradually disappear after a couple of days, if it does not please contact the surgery.


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Gums, cheeks and lips may be irritated or scratched.


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Smoking is discouraged while wearing the aligners because of possible discolouration of the aligners.


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Temporary increase in mouth saliva or dryness may occur.


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One’s bite may change throughout the invisalign course of treatment, and may cause temporary discomfort. The bite at the end of treatment may require adjustment to aid in teeth alignment and aesthetics.


Risks of any Orthodontic Treatment

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The health of the bone and gum which support the teeth may be impaired.


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Roots of teeth may shorten during treatment, which may become a threat to the longevity of the teeth.


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In rare cases, problems of the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint) may cause joint pain, headaches, or ear problems.


Simply call 3341 4344 and ask for a FREE Invisalign consultation.