Invisalign® is a brand name of an orthodontic appliance that is designed to treat malocclusion. Crowding of the teeth is one of the most common types of malocclusion. Overbites and underbites are some other problems that can be solved with this patented mouthpiece. In general, Invisalign® technology is engineered to correct mild to moderate misalignment of teeth in teenagers and adults.
Technical Overview of Invisalign®
An orthodontic aligner that carries the Invisalign® label is composed of a unique material that’s called SmartTrack. This is a type of plastic that has been engineered to have properties that are optimized for orthodontic application. First of all, the SmartTrack material is virtually transparent and invisible. This device also has a lightweight design that causes minimal irritation and discomfort inside the mouth. Another patented technology that’s used to manipulate the clear aligner is called SmartForce. Our skilled orthodontists know the most effective methods to manipulate the positions of teeth through pressure that’s exerted by an invisible aligner.
Initial Phases of Treatment
Before a patient can begin an orthodontic treatment plan that involves a clear aligner, some basic diagnostic procedures have to be done. Traditional X-rays precisely reveal the positions of teeth and roots relative to each other. Such images can also indicate the need for extractions of canines or molars that create crowding and other complications inside the mouth.
The trademark iTero® scanning technology is also used to analyze a patient’s teeth that are ready to be moved by clear aligners. This sophisticated scanner essentially generates 3D views of a person’s mouth. Along with the physical bite impressions, digital images are then used to define the parameters and specifications of custom moldings for the aligners.
Final Stages of Invisalign®
Once the teeth are moved into new desirable positions, there’s no longer a need to wear a clear aligner. However, a signature retainer must be worn daily in order to lower the risk of a relapse. This is a removable mouthpiece that’s designed to exert a certain amount of pressure and tension on the teeth and the surrounding gums. The retainer has been exclusively engineered to be compatible with the Invisalign® technology.
One of our experienced orthodontists at Petty, Bielik & Burke Orthodontics can provide instructions on Invisalign® and how it might work for you or your teen during a consultation at our office in Oak Lawn or Frankfort. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started.