WHAT IS ALIGNER TREATMENT?

Aligner treatment is an alternative to braces to straighten teeth with invisible aligners.

TO WHOM CAN ALIGNER TREATMENT BE APPLIED TO?

Aligner treatment can be applied to anyone above children with mixed dentition at the age of 11. The severeness of the malocclusion or crooked teeth does not mean Invisalign system can’t be applied, but in some extreme cases Invisalign system might need the help of auxillary instruments. An experienced orthodontist will inform the patient whether he/she is eligible.


WHAT’S THE PROCEDURE ONCE I DECIDE TO START ALIGNER TREATMENT?After you decide to go with aligner treatment, your teeth’s silicone impressions and records are taken. You’ll also be asked to take a cephalometric and panoramic x-ray. The impressions are sent to the aligner facility, and your records and x-rays are submitted online. In the following days, your computer simulation is created and the doctor will work on your finalized outcome. You’ll be asked to see the final outcome when it’s created, and can discuss the outcome with doctor, make adjustments if you need to. After the patient’s approval, the aligners will be shipped to clinic in following weeks and the treatment will start.

CAN I SEE THE FINALIZED VERSION OF MY TEETH EVEN BEFORE MY TREATMENT?

Yes, computer simulation program shows what will your teeth and bite look like after the treatment. You can also tell your doctor to make adjustments to the final simulation if you want. But keep in mind that this is just a simulation and it’s an approximate outcome which depends on your body metabolism and daily usage of aligners.


WHAT IS THE COMPUTER SIMULATION?

Computer simulation is an application used to see the finalized outcome of your teeth and allows to make adjustments to it. Your doctor will ask you to join for the final adjustments. The patient has the chance to change any unwanted movements he/she wants, if reasonable.

HOW DOES ALIGNER TREATMENT MOVE TEETH?

After your final outcome in computer simulation, your aligners are fabricated. The aligners starts creating forces once the patient wears them and each aligner creates tooth movements up to 0,5 mm. This force regenerates itself each time the patient moves on to the next aligner.


WHERE AND HOW DO THESE ALIGNERS ARE FABRICATED?
After taking the impression with silicone materials and sent to Invisalign facility abroad, 3D modelling computers start creating a simulation of your teeth and how they will look in the end.
These computers moves the teeth in the wanted direction and are stored in ClinCheck program. With your and your doctor’s approval in the final outcome, aligners are produced and shipped to the clinic.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE THE ALIGNERS?

The shipment of the impressions to aligner facility, finalization of the treatment simulation, fabrication of aligners and the shipment back to the clinic will take about 6 to 8 weeks.

WILL MY TEETH HURT DURING MY ALIGNER TREATMENT?

Like a regular orthodontic movement in conventional braces, aligner system produces forces to straighten your teeth. This force may create little sizzling and aching for a couple of days. The pain and aches will decrease rapidly in following 3-4 days.

APPOINTMENT INTERVALS?

You’ll be asked to be seen in every 4-6 weeks, but you doctor may want to see you in a different interval, if needed. In appointments, the computer simulation of the patient and the actual occlusion of the patient is compared and new aligners are given to patient. Regular stripping or adding / removing of attacments is done.

HOW MANY HOURS DO I HAVE TO WEAR THE ALIGNERS IN A DAY?

You need to wear your aligners at least for 22 hours a day. The ideal usage is that you only take it out for meals.

ADVANTAGES OVER CONVENTIONAL BRACES

The most important aspect of aligners is that it’s mostly invisible. This advantage is very beneficial for people with active social life and a busy working schedule. Aligners does not affect speech. Another advantage is Invisalign aligners can be taken out during meals. Maintenance of oral hygiene is easy compared to conventional braces, since the aligners can be taken out and regular teeth brushing can be done. There is no difference in duration of treatment between Invisalign system and conventional braces.


WHAT ARE ATTACHMENTS?
Attachments are little tooth colored fillings that are chemically bonded to teeth to make them move. Different moves need different shaped attachments. They are aesthetic and very hard to see since it is in the same color with the tooth they are bonded to.

 

DURATION OF TREATMENT?

The duration of treatment is dependant on the severeness of the malocclusion and so the number of aligners. Easy cases may have lesser number of aligners, and extreme cases may have much more than a regular case. In the latter stages of the treatment, your doctor may want to take another impression and send it to facilty to create new aligners. This is called “refinement” and almost every experienced aligner treatment doctor does this regularly. You’ll not be asked to pay any extra fees for refinement.

RETENTION

After the end of treatment, like every orthodontic treatment, a fixed retainer will be bonded to the lingual surface of your upper and lower 6 front teeth. This fixed retainer will help your teeth to adjust to their new position. We strongly recommend to keep the retainers for life if not for a year, to avoid your teeth to move back to their original positions.


BRUSHING AND ORAL HYGIENE?
Your teeth needs to be brushed 3 times a day. Before brushing your teeth, you’ll need to take the aligners off and rinse and brush the aligners under warm water to avoid any unwanted smell and increasement of bacteria. Aligners should be taken off while drinking tea, coffee, red wine and smoking to avoid any colorization and chemical irregularity. There is no need to take off the aligners while drinking water or a cold beverage.

DON’T DO THESE..
You’ll be asked:

  • Not to eat anything
  • Not to drink any hot beverages
  • Not to smoke
  • Not to change aligners before your doctor told you to do so when you have your aligners on.

CAN EVERY DOCTOR TREAT PATIENTS WITH ALIGNER TREATMENT?

No. Only certified aligner doctors can treat patients with aligner treatment. Treatment planning is the most important part of the treatment, and it should be done by orthodontists who are 4 years more qualified than a regular dentist. Wrong treatment planning can cause the patient to have an undesired outcome, extra money and a loss of time.

HOW SHOULD MY ORAL HYGIENE BE IF I WANT TO START ALIGNER TREATMENT?

All cavities should be filled with restorations and scaling has to be done to have an average oral hygiene. Implants or bridges should be done after the treatment, to be adjusted for final biting. Your doctor may want the wisdom teeth to be extracted if necessary.

WHAT IS THE FEE OF THE ALIGNER TREATMENT?

“Like in every other orthodontic treatment, aligner treatment is dependant on the severeness of the malocclusion of your teeth. Your doctor will inform you about the fee after a control of your teeth in clinic.