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Invisalign Aligners for Addressing Bite Issues

Addressing malocclusions is essential because misaligned bites can lead to a multitude of problems, including plaque accumulation, tooth erosion, gum disease, and even joint and jaw issues. While traditional braces are a common solution, clear aligner therapy such as Invisalign offers a modern alternative.

Invisalign utilizes clear, removable aligners that effectively treat both aesthetic concerns and functional bite discrepancies. The evaluation to determine if Invisalign is suitable for you takes place during a free consultation session.

The cost of treatment with Invisalign aligners is dependent on the complexity and length of the treatment, generally falling between 2,500 and 5,000 euros. The exact price is established during the consultation, and installment payments are an option for financing the treatment.

Invisalign treatment progresses in three stages

1. **From Consultation to Treatment Plan**

Invisalign treatment begins with a healthy, examined mouth. During a free consultation, the dentist and the patient discuss treatment goals and determine if Invisalign is appropriate for achieving these objectives.

If clear aligner therapy is deemed the best option for the patient, the next step is to design the treatment. The dentist takes photographs, X-rays, and digital scans or impressions of the patient’s teeth, which are used to order the customized aligners. The delivery time for Invisalign aligners is typically about one week.

2. **The Orthodontic Treatment**

Once the series of custom aligner pairs has been manufactured and delivered to Helmiäinen, the patient begins daily use. Each pair of aligners is worn for approximately 1–2 weeks before switching to a new, tighter set.

The duration of the orthodontic treatment can be as short as three months, but typically lasts from one to one and a half years.

3. **Results and Maintenance**

Throughout the orthodontic treatment, the patient visits the dentist approximately every 4–6 weeks. Once the final set of aligners is completed, the results are visible. These results are maintained with what is known as retention treatment.

Invisalign FAQ

**What is Invisalign?**
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses removable, transparent aligners to shift teeth. During the treatment process, the aligners are changed every few weeks. Gradually tightening aligners move the teeth little by little towards the desired final position. Clear aligner therapy is often an excellent alternative alongside traditional orthodontic methods.

**What material are the aligners made of, and what do they look like?**
The aligners are made from patented, flexible SmartTrack® plastic. Since the aligners are thin and transparent, the treatment is inherently discreet and comfortable.

**How does clear aligner treatment work?**
The treatment is planned digitally. Using digital images and X-rays, the dentist creates a three-dimensional plan that guides the treatment and is used to manufacture the custom aligners. Precise digital modeling ensures that the aligners fit perfectly to the patient’s teeth and that all treatment goals are achieved within the planned timeline.

**What are the benefits of clear aligners?**
Invisalign aligners are practically invisible. They are only removed for eating, drinking, and cleaning the teeth or in special circumstances where orthodontic appliances are impractical. Typically, aligners shorten the duration of treatment and reduce any discomfort associated with orthodontics. Since they are removed for eating, there are no dietary restrictions.

**Will I definitely achieve a straight dental arch?**
Because the treatment is computer-assisted, patients can see the end result on a computer screen before the actual treatment begins. If the patient commits to the treatment and diligently follows the provided instructions, the planned final result is achieved.

**Is this form of orthodontics suitable for everyone?**
Invisalign treatment can meet a wide range of needs. No specific condition or health status automatically excludes the use of clear aligners. In some cases, however, the dentist may determine that another form of treatment is more suitable than Invisalign. Only a dental professional trained in Invisalign and experienced in clear aligner therapy can assess the suitability of Invisalign treatment.

**Do all dentists offer Invisalign treatment?**
Not all dentists offer Invisalign. Dentists wishing to treat patients with the Invisalign system must undergo specific training. Currently, there are over 90,000 dentists worldwide who have been trained to provide Invisalign treatment.

**How long does the treatment last?**
The duration of treatment depends on the initial condition and the treatment goals. On average, treatment lasts from one to one and a half years, although results may start to be visible within a few weeks.

**How often are the aligners changed?**
Aligners are changed according to the individual treatment plan developed by the dentist. Adhering to the treatment instructions is crucial. Typically, aligners are changed every one to two weeks.

**How many hours a day should the aligners be worn?**
The aligners should be worn for 22 hours a day. They are only removed for eating, drinking, and cleaning.

**How often do I need to visit the dentist?**
Visits to the dentist are scheduled according to the individual treatment plan, usually every 4-6 weeks. During these visits, the professional ensures that the treatment is progressing correctly and according to plan.

**I already have braces. Surely Invisalign isn’t suitable for me?**
This will be determined at the dentist’s office. Often, but not always, aligners can be used alongside other orthodontic devices.

**I had orthodontic treatment years ago, but my teeth have shifted since. Is clear aligner treatment suitable for me?**
If your teeth have shifted after previous orthodontic treatment, corrective treatment can often be done with aligners. This is best determined during a consultation with an Invisalign-trained dentist.

**Can treatment be done if I have veneers or crowns?**
Crowns and veneers generally do not pose a problem. However, sometimes small tooth-colored composite “attachments” are used in Invisalign treatment to aid tooth movement. These can be more challenging to attach to synthetic crowns than to natural teeth. Each situation is unique, and an Invisalign-trained dentist should assess this.

**Can treatment be done if I have bridges?**
Clear aligner therapy involves moving individual teeth. Since teeth in a bridge are connected, the bridge may present too much resistance for the aligners. This should always be assessed by a dentist.

**Can others see that I have an orthodontic appliance in my mouth?**
The transparent aligners make the treatment inconspicuous. Someone very close might notice that there is an orthodontic device in the mouth.

**Can I remove the aligners for a party, for example?**
In special circumstances, the aligners can be removed, provided it’s an exceptional case. The treatment is effective only if the aligners are worn for at least 20 hours a day. The recommended usage time is 22 hours a day.

**What foods and drinks are prohibited during treatment?**
There are no food restrictions because the aligners are removed for eating and drinking. During treatment, teeth and the spaces between them, as well as the orthodontic device itself, must be carefully cleaned after each meal.

**Does orthodontic treatment hurt?**
When changing to a new aligner, a slight ache and sense of pressure are normal phenomena. Pressure and slight discomfort indicate that the treatment is working.

**Is it normal for my teeth to feel loose when I remove the aligners?**
This is normal and part of the treatment. If this concerns you, it’s worth discussing with your dentist.

**Does the treatment work if I only wear the aligners while sleeping?**
No, the treatment is effective only if the aligners are worn for 22 hours a day.

**Can I speak normally with the Invisalign device?**
Once your mouth adjusts to the orthodontic device, speaking will proceed normally. During the first couple of weeks, speaking might feel strange and a bit difficult.

**Does smoking stain the aligners?**
Likely. Therefore, it’s advisable to quit smoking at the start of the orthodontic treatment.

**Can I eat gum with the aligners in?**
Gum cannot be chewed with the aligners because it can stick to them. The aligners should always be removed when eating or drinking anything.

**Can the aligners fall out while I sleep?**
The aligners fit tightly to the teeth. There’s no need to worry about them falling out when they are properly in place. During the first visit, the dentist will precisely instruct the patient on how to remove and securely reinsert the aligners.

**How are the aligners cleaned?**
The orthodontic appliances are cleaned by brushing and rinsing them with lukewarm water. Additionally, Invisalign cleaning products are used. After each meal, teeth must be cleaned before the aligners are reattached.

**Can I put the aligners back in my mouth after eating something like blueberries or other staining foods?**
Yes, because the teeth are thoroughly cleaned before the aligners are placed back.

**What should I do if an Invisalign aligner is lost?**
If an aligner is lost, contact your dentist.

**Can I order the aligners directly from the Invisalign manufacturer?**
Aligners should be treated like prescription medication: they are only available through a dentist. Invisalign manufacturers supply aligners only to trained dentists.

**Can the treatment be paid for in installments?**
Yes, it can. You can read more about Resurs Bank installment payments here.

**Do I need support for my teeth once they have been straightened?**
If you want the treatment results to last, maintenance is required. The results can be maintained by wearing a so-called retention aligner at night. Another option is to have a wire attached to the back surfaces of the teeth, which holds them in their new position.

**How does Invisalign differ from other clear aligners?**
Invisalign treatment has been researched longer and more extensively than any other clear aligner system. Significant for the customer is also the fact that Invisalign provides extensive training and support to all dentists carrying out the treatment. A customer in need of orthodontic treatment is in safe hands with a licensed Invisalign dentist.