Invisalign® Before and After
A good assessment of one’s story Invisalign® before and after treatment will be best told by going through the whole course of treatment, as it normally flows. To really embrace what the treatment can do, and to understand how it goes from before and after the treatment, have a look at the discussion below.
The Diagnostic Process
As with normal orthodontics done in braces, the success of Invisalign® treatment will rely on the preciseness of the diagnostic findings. When a dentist is thorough with his work and makes sure to not let anything pass him, he will be able to obtain a good assessment of the case, in order to help him with his problem.
Before Invisalign®, the following procedures are carried out:
- Visual Inspection and Examination. The initial step taken when the patient comes in is a simple visual examination of the mouth of the patient. To assess the condition and identify the problem, the patient goes through every teeth, checks the patient’s bite and records his findings. Whether the patient has spaces in between teeth, rotated and malpositioned teeth, crooked, crowded and crossed teeth, deviated bites and so forth — all these problems are studied so that a perfect treatment plan may be formed.
Dental Photography. Photographs of the patient are taken for two reasons: to keep record that should help showcase the progress of the treatment and to be used for further assessment. Different types of photographs are taken: frontal view of the patient’s face, profile view of the patient’s, the upper and lower teeth while biting, the top view of the upper teeth, the top view of the lower teeth, the teeth while biting on the right and left views. Aside from keeping record, these photographs are useful because they may be used when studying facial symmetry and profile. You get to really see how the patient looks like before Invisalign® through the photos taken before treatment.
Dental Radiography. The main purpose of radiographs in orthodontic treatments and in Invisalign® treatments is to get a picture of the state of the bone and of the roots within it. For younger patients, the use of a cephalometric is essential to predict growth patterns that will affect the direction the treatment is going to take.
Dental Impression and Casting. The most significant diagnostic method for treatments done with Invisalign® is dental impression and casting. The cast is sent to manufacturing so that they may be properly assessed, and then used to fabricate the aligners. Using the impression and cast, the aligners will be made, about a dozen or so of these invisible trays.
The Treatment Procedure
After thorough assessment, the entire treatment kit will be delivered to the dentist to give to his patient. This kit, as already mentioned, will have a few pieces of aligners or trays in it along with instructions for wear. Every single aligner will have to be worn for a specific number of weeks, pushing forward from one tray to another, until all the teeth have been brought to their proper place.
Now, depending on the patient’s preference and the expert assessment of the dentist, there is an option to have the treatment be carried out completely by the patient, with minimal supervision by the dentist. The instructions are fairly straightforward so patients are able to do them for themselves. Otherwise, the set of aligners may be kept by the dentist and the patient will be asked to come and visit, to collect the next aligners and have himself checked.
Retention and Prevention of Relapse
As with traditional orthodontics, it is going to be essential that proper retentive measure be given to the patient after treatment is completed. The movement and new positions achieved are merely held by the fibers around the teeth, and bone is not likely to be sufficient around it. Proper healing and stabilization will have to be established through the wearing of retainers. These appliances may be removable or fixed, and if the patient wishes for an invisible option, there are clear semi-rigid trays that may be worn in place of traditional retainers. Like Invisalign® aligners they are invisible and not seen on your smile.
Invisalign® is the most innovative orthodontic approach explored today. As already discussed in this article, the process followed differ greatly from braces in that it uses trays or aligners that are clear so they appear invisible when worn by the patient. Instead of the regular tightening and adjustments, movements are initiated by the differently shaped trays. About a dozen or two trays are worn, each shaped differently, so that movements may be initiated in a slow yet effective manner.
It does not matter what kind of orthodontic issue you have been dealing with — when a dentist prescribes treatment with Invisalign®, patients will go from an unattractive smile, to one that is beautiful, straight and properly aligned. Invisalign® before and after is amazing!