How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Teeth?

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There are many different types of imperfections that it is possible to have when it comes to your smile. From teeth that are stained or discolored, to crooked teeth or gaps between them, there are now cosmetic dental solutions that can address virtually any aesthetic problem and transform the appearance of your smile. One of the most popular is known as Invisalign.

What is Invisalign and how does it work?

Invisalign is one of the most commonly sought-after enhancing dental treatments today. A revolutionary new twist on a well-established and tried and tested technique, Invisalign works by manoeuvring teeth that are twisted, crooked, overlapping or otherwise misaligned into a more attractive position. In doing so, it corrects many cosmetic complaints and leaves patients with a natural but improved smile. However, rather than the metal framework used in traditional braces (which rely on the same technique), Invisalign uses a series of custom-designed, transparent aligners which sit over the top of the teeth and exert gentle pressure to guide them into their new location.

The series of aligners is created using cutting-edge mapping technology which maps the pathway that your teeth will need to take to bring them into their new, straighter position. Then an aligner is designed for every stage of the process. Each must be worn for approximately 3 weeks before moving on to the next in the series. They must be worn in order, and for a minimum of 22 hours per day, only being removed for cleaning and eating.

Why are patients choosing Invisalign?

Invisalign offers all of the benefits of traditional orthodontic braces but without any of the compromises. Some of the most common reasons patients have given for choosing the Invisalign program include:

- ‘Invisalign aligners are more discreet than braces’

- ‘You can eat what you want without worrying about food being stuck in your braces’

- ‘I won’t need to visit the dentist as often since I can move onto the next stage in the program without requiring an orthodontic adjustment’

- ‘Invisalign aligners are much more comfortable to wear than metal braces’

- ‘I can brush my teeth normally since I can take my aligners out to clean them’

- ‘I don’t want to be left with damage to the outer enamel of my teeth’

- ‘Invisalign is much more convenient for me’

In addition to comfort and convenience, Invisalign helps patients to maintain good oral health since they can be removed to clean both the aligner and your teeth. This means no negotiating around complex metalwork, bars and brackets and there are less small, impossible-to-reach gaps where decay can form.

How long does Invisalign take to straighten your teeth?

One of the most common questions about any orthodontic treatment is exactly how long it will take to see results. Since every patient is different and responds to treatment slightly differently, there is no way that our dentist can pinpoint exactly how long your Invisalign program will take. However, he/she will use the information gained at your consultation to make an approximate estimation for you. On average, the Invisalign treatment takes between 12 and 24 months, but this really does depend on the severity of your dental misalignment. Speak to your Invisalign provider for a more accurate estimation.

If you would like to know more about Invisalign and the benefits that it can offer, or if you want to schedule a consultation, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Most of us have the importance of good oral hygiene drummed into us from an early age. Brushing for the required two minutes twice a day can and should start from the moment a child gets their first teeth. However, as we get older we can add further stages into our cleaning routine so that we can be certain that we are doing everything in our power to ensure we have the healthiest possible teeth. Most of us also diligently attend regular professional cleans with our dentist or hygienist. With unfettered access and an array of precise tools at their disposal, our dentist can provide a comprehensive and thorough cleaning that simply isn’t possible to achieve at home.

Nevertheless, there may come a time when Dr. Brent Stanley advises you that you need a deep dental clean. Many people don’t understand the difference between a deep dental cleaning and regular cleaning. However, a deep dental cleaning is significantly different and can sometimes be the only treatment that stands between you retaining or losing your teeth. Here’s why.

Regular dental cleaning

Professional dental cleanings are performed by Dr. Brent Stanley and should be undertaken once or twice each year. The purpose of these cleanings is to help you to maintain healthy teeth and gums. The clean itself focuses above and along the gum line, removing any plaque that tends to accumulate in this area before it can penetrate beneath the gums. When this happens, it is known as gum disease, periodontitis or periodontal disease, depending on the severity of the condition.

Deep dental cleaning

Deep dental cleaning is recommended for patients who have plaque extending beyond the gum line and are suffering from some degree of gum disease. The way that Dr. Brent Stanley can tell if you require deep cleaning is by measuring a part of your gum known as the periodontal pockets. These are microscopic gaps that form along the gum line, where food debris and bacteria can accumulate. If this pocket is less than a few millimeters deep, a regular cleaning should suffice. However, if these pockets extend 4mm or beyond, then you will require a procedure called root scaling and planing.

Root scaling and planing is another name for a deep dental clean. The procedure focuses on removing all bacteria from these pockets, which should prevent the gum disease from worsening. Scaling and root planing usually takes place after the patient has been given a local anesthetic, and sometimes requires more than one appointment to ensure that all of the bacteria has been successfully removed.

What happens if gum disease is left untreated?

It is essential that patients who have deep periodontal pockets seek treatment as soon as possible. Although the early symptoms of gum disease are mild and have little to no impact on your day to day life, as the condition worsens, the symptoms become much more unpleasant. Left untreated, eventually gum disease can lead to severe infections that can enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body, acute pain and an impact on your ability to use your mouth, and even loss of teeth and bone in the jaw.

If you are recommended for a deep dental cleaning, don’t hesitate to contact and make your appointment with Dr. Brent Stanley. Doing so could protect your long term dental and general health.