Invisalign – The Invisible Dental Brace
In the Invisalign treatment, transparent splints (aligners) are used to perform simple to complicated tooth straightening. A 3D computer technology enables the representation of the complete treatment, from the starting position of the teeth to the desired final position.
A series of transparent aligners are then produced. The movements are thus initiated step by step. Every 7-14 days, the patients change to the next pair of aligners, so that the teeth gradually move to the intended final position.
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are transparent. They are therefore less conspicuous than classic brackets. Invisalign therefore enables relatively inconspicuous tooth straightening that can be easily integrated into everyday life.
In contrast to fixed braces, the Aligners are removed for eating and drinking. This facilitates oral hygiene and reduces the risk of tooth decay. In addition, there are no problems with annoying wires or fallen brackets.
How much does Invisalign cost?
As with other orthodontic treatment procedures, the costs of Invisalign depend on the complexity of the case. In general, the price of Invisalign treatment is between 3,500 and 6,500 euros. As a rule, the costs are not covered by statutory health insurance. In the case of private health insurance and supplementary insurance, it depends on the contract concluded. Frequently a medical necessity is presupposed, whether one is present is discussed in the consultation date.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign aligners position the teeth through precisely controlled movements. Here, the range and time of movement are controlled for each treatment step. Certain teeth are moved in each treatment step. Attachments (tooth-coloured plastic buttons) are glued to some teeth for this purpose. This results in an efficient power transmission with which the teeth are brought into the desired position.
What are the aligners made of?
The aligners are made of a stable thermoplastic material which is approved for medical use.
What is the minimum age of the patient for Invisalign treatment?
Experienced Invisalign users can treat malocclusions with Invisalign in most adults and adolescents.
How often do I have to visit the Invisalign user after the start of treatment?
As a rule, fewer check-ups are required than with conventional braces. The time required per appointment is also considerably reduced, as adjustments to wires and brackets are no longer necessary. In most cases, check-ups are required every 8-12 weeks.
How long does the Invisalign treatment take?
The total duration depends on how complex the treatment is. In general, the duration of treatment corresponds to the length of treatment with conventional braces. A typical treatment is completed after a period of between nine and eighteen months.
Is Invisalign treatment painful?
For some patients, a slight discomfort occurs temporarily (for a few days) at the beginning of a new treatment stage after the insertion of a new aligner. The affected patients usually report a feeling of pressure – this is normal. It is a sign that the aligners are functioning properly: They gradually bring your teeth into the desired position. The discomfort is usually over after a few days.
Can tooth gaps be closed by Invisalign treatment?
Yes, gaps between teeth can generally be closed easily with Invisalign treatment. This depends on the space available and the toothing with the teeth of the opposing jaw.
Are temporomandibular joint diseases important in connection with Invisalign treatment?
TMJ diseases can manifest themselves in a variety of symptoms. Some of the underlying problems may be exacerbated by orthodontic appliances and treatments such as Invisalign, while other problems may remain unchanged or be alleviated.
Is it necessary to wear a retainer after the Invisalign treatment?
It is important to wear a Vivera retainer after any orthodontic treatment to keep your teeth stable in their new position. The wearing period should not exceed 6 months. A wire (retainer) can then be glued to the inside of the front teeth to secure the position permanently.
How long do the aligners have to be worn?
The aligners should be worn constantly during the treatment – except during meals and dental care. Ideally, the aligners should be worn for up to 20 of 24 hours.
Is the pronunciation affected by the aligners?
In the vast majority of patients, the pronunciation is not affected. However, as with the use of conventional orthodontic appliances, there is an initial period of habituation in response to the foreign body in the mouth.
Doctor of Dental Surgery