If you are looking to adjust your smile then you may be considering Invisalign clear aligners. Our Surrey dentists talk about treatment using clear aligns and how Invisalign aligners are made.
If you're thinking about using Invisalign clear aligners as a replacement for braces for your orthodontic treatment, you might be curious about how they're made. We understand your curiosity. They will be a part of your life for a long time after all!
Invisalign Aligners Made From Medical-Grade Resins
Invisalign clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment like braces. But unlike braces, you can remove clear aligners to eat and drink. Further, Invisalign clear aligners are made of clear, transparent plastic instead of the metal and brackets found in braces. They're made of BPA-free, USP Class VI medical-grade polyurethane resins with a high molecular weight.
Custom Fit & Production of Invisalign Clear Aligners
Just as with traditional orthodontic treatment using metal braces, each case is unique and will require a specific treatment plan.
Invisalign aligners are custom-made to snugly fit the shape of your mouth and are specifically designed to help you achieve your smile goals.
During the consultation, you'll meet with your dentist so they can take X-rays, impressions, and photographs of your teeth. Your dentist can create a treatment plan tailored for you based on these images and X-rays. Your clear aligners will be made after you approve of the expected results.
Our iTero Impression Scanner (3D computer imaging technology) will create a model of your teeth, capturing images of each tooth for extremely accurate scans. You'll also get a sneak peek at how your teeth will look once your treatment is completed.
Quadrant and full bite scans are completed so the dentist can assess your malocclusion in context with the rest of your mouth.
The complete model and scanned images are then sent to Align Technologies, where the aligners are created.
Treatment With Invisalign Clear Aligners
Throughout your treatment with Invisalign clear aligners, you will change sets which will each allow for your teeth to be moved in small increments.
Treatment lasts about a year or two, on average, and you'll probably wear each new set of aligners for two weeks before switching to the next set of aligners. This means you'll most likely use 50 or more sets of aligners throughout your treatment.