Hi, this is Dr. Ryan Francis, DDS from Grove Health Dental.
Today, I will discuss Invisalign and address the most pressing questions related to Invisalign that I receive from my patients.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a thermoplastic material made of medical-grade polyurethane resin. More simply put, it is a clear, plastic brace.
Are you an Invisalign candidate?
As we approach the year 2015, I would say most people are Invisalign candidates. This was not the case almost seven years ago when I started, but Invisalign technology has made continued advances in terms of the material, plastic, and type of attachments that assist in the movements, as well as (decreased) treatment time.
Does Invisalign work?
I would be willing to bet that most Invisalign-treating dentists would agree with me that it works…that is, if you wear them. Wearing Invisalign for at least 20 hours a day is what you should aim for. You need to decrease those pockets of time when you forget to put it in, like before you go to school or the office. The worst thing is when you forget to wear it for a whole day. If you do any of these, there would be delays in treatment time.
Oddly enough, I have had most success with teenagers who used Invisalign. The idea of decreased treatment time is very appealing to them.
In general, the ones that are most challenging are those patients who do not wear Invisalign extensively or those who regularly forget to wear it. Other challenging situations would involve treatment that was started before the latest Invisalign technologies have been available, but we can update those now and achieve the necessary treatment goals.
How long does treatment time take?
There is a significant time range. My average treatment time is a year or a year and a half. In certain cases, like deep bites which is what I am currently fixing, it may take two years or more. Others would take only six months. Treatment time with Invisalign’s latest technology is shorter compared to a few years ago.
Does it hurt?
Invisalign does not hurt as metal conventional braces would. The reason for this is, with Invisalign, you will not be torquing the teeth to the same force as you would with metal braces. From time to time, depending on certain tooth movements, it would be sore to chew on, but not to the extent of regular metal braces.
If you have further questions about Invisalign, I would be more than happy to discuss it with you. We do offer free consultations. Invisalign treatment is a great service that we provide in our clinic that has yielded increasing success.
Grove Health Dental
9907 Maple Grove Parkway
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Maple Grove, MN 55369