FAQs regarding Invisalign ?
Invisalign: Important information and tips Here you can find out the most important information about aligners - Invisalign treatments.
What should be considered during treatment with aligners? Orthodontics at the dentist is something new for many patients. However, Invisalign treatment is an attractive and relatively inexpensive alternative to fixed braces at the orthodontist and can now be used for many tooth misalignments.
1. what is Invisalign about ?
The Invisalign aligner system has become an integral part of modern treatment methods. The big advantage is the low visibility. While conventional systems are more or less visually noticeable, Invisalign is known as the invisible brace. The Invisalign braces are called aligners. To correct the malocclusions, so-called transparent splints, aligners ,are used. You simply put the aligners on your teeth. They move your teeth gently and reliably according to the pre-determined treatment plan. The most important thing is that the aligners are worn regularly, at least 22 hours a day. These aligners are custom made and adjusted for each patient and each stage of treatment. Hence the price. Depending on the complexity of the necessary movements, there can be a few up to 40 aligners or more. Each splint is worn for about 7-10 days. Then you change to the next splint. This is done on your own responsibility at home. Every 4 weeks, but also in shorter or longer intervals depending on the case, the course of the tooth movements is checked. The treatment can be used regardless of age and for most malocclusions. Once the treatment has been successfully completed, it is important to ensure that the teeth do not shift again! Retainers" are available for this purpose. Invisalign offers VIVERA trays for this purpose. They are made of a slightly firmer, but still transparent plastic, which keeps the teeth "in position" for the months after the treatment. They are delivered in a set of 3. This guarantees that the patient has a sufficient number of "splint retainers". In addition, fixed, thin wire retainers, invisible on the inside, can be bonded only to the front teeth. This is recommended in any case. In addition to the removable VIVERA splints. MEMOTAIN by CA- Digital 2. How long does the treatment take?
The more crooked the teeth and the more complex the treatment case, the longer the treatment will take. Single teeth can be corrected in a few months. Difficult tooth and jaw misalignments several months up to 1-2 years. A more precise estimate of the expected treatment time can be given in an initial consultation. The wearing time and the discipline of the patient play an important role.
2. How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign consists mainly in a set of trays, which step by step move your teeth in the desired direction. During the first consultation and examination diagnostic documents ca be made, such as scans for digital models, X-rays, photos. Based on these documents, the digital treatment plan is created. The digital treatment plan is created by the practitioner and an Invisalign planning specialist. This simulation is called a clincheck. Using software and artificial intelligence, the algorithm calculates the necessary intermediate steps to achieve the goal. The simulation is modified by the practicionar, and individualised respecting the desires of the patient. The teeth are moved virtually again and again. Until everything is really in the perfect position. And, of course, so that the patient likes it. If the patient agrees with the planning ann the costs , we order the Set aligners. Each Aligner is manufactured individually for each patient and each treatment step. The patient receives a series of numbered aligners, starting with the first Aligner, number one. Each subsequent splint moves the teeth a little further towards the final position.
3 How many hours a day do I have to wear the aligners?
Ideally, Invisalign braces should be worn for 22 hours a day. They are only removed for eating and brushing. This is the optimal wearing time for the best treatment results. Forgotten the tray? If you forget to wear your Invisalign braces or lose one, we will be happy to help you. In this case you should contact us as soon as possible?
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4. What does Invisalign treatment cost?
The cost calculation depends mainly on the degree of malocclusion and the number of splints that are necessary for the success of the treatment. Complicated cases cost more than simple cases. The fewer splints and the less time spent in the practice, the lower the price. It is always the degree of malocclusion that determines the cost calculation. Simple treatments in one jaw can be had for as little as 2500 Euros. The payment for the treatment is made according to the treatment section. You do not have to pay for everything in advance.
5. what can be treated with aligners?
There are some tooth misalignments that cannot be treated optimally with Invisalign. These include severe rotational and tilting positions. Strong jaw misalignments can also not be corrected with Invisalign. In order to treat these cases adequately and successfully, additional aids are needed, such as brackets or surgical operations. Nevertheless, the treatment spectrum of aligners is already very large, many things are possible. Does everything always have to be treated or can only a part of the teeth be treated after prioritising the patient ? Of course, you can simulate different options. For example, only the front teeth can be corrected and a larger treatment with bite adjustment can be carried out. Here the doctor can show two different simulations. The patient can choose between the two.
6.Is Invisalign really transparent?
Yes. Invisalign is not only convincing because of the functionality of the aligners. It is also almost invisible. The aligners can only be seen when looking closer than 80 cm, which is why adults in particular like to use Invisalign. Outsiders often don't even notice that the aligners are being worn.
7 Invisalign is also very gentle!
By the way, the system is not only transparent, but also absolutely gentle. The forces transmitted are gentler with aligners and therefore less unpleasant. In the past, conventional metal brackets and bands in particular have caused quite a bit of damage to the teeth and the periodontium.The almost invisible Invisalign brace 9.How does the treatment feel?
Invisalign moves the teeth in very small steps. Therefore, the pain is minimal. First and foremost , when new trays are fitted, you may experience slight pressure pain, headaches or pain when eating. This usually does not last more than 1 to 2 days. In addition, Chewies, small "chew sticks" help to reduce pain.
8.. How do I clean the aligners?
The aligners are best cleaned with liquid soap or toothpaste and cold water. Never boil aligners or put them in the dishwasher or washing machine. This is because aligners deform when exposed to heat and lose their effectiveness. If aligners are calcified, a 1:1 mixture of white vinegar essence and water will help.
9.What can I eat and drink during the treatment?
Aligners should be removed for eating whenever possible. The dyes in food, such as curry, turmeric or saffron, discolour the aligners. If you are hungry in between meals and do not have the opportunity to remove the trays, we recommend light and soft foods. Bananas, yoghurt, fish, rice and pasta are therefore good to eat with Invisalign.
10. advantages and disadvantages of Invisalign?
Advantages of Invisalign Disadvantages of Invisalign You can eat anything, including sticky and hard things Not suitable for tilted teeth and severe crossbites. Almost invisible. You have to remove the aligners for sugary and coloured drinks. Dental care is easy. Very slight speech problems possible at the beginning. Removable for events. Discipline during wearing time is important. Usually cheaper than fixed braces Not covered by health insurance. Metal-free. Made of plastic. Fewer visits to orthodontist Must be removed for eating.
11 . Can I deduct the costs from my taxes as a self-payer?
Every taxpayer has a right to deduct a certain amount of "extraordinary burdens", which include medical expenses. This varies from case to case, depending on income, household size, etc.. Ask your tax advisor how it is in your case.
12 . Can I also whiten my teeth with the splints?
Yes, this is possible. There is a simple method to put bleaching gel in the trays overnight and whiten your teeth during the treatment. Please note that crowns and fillings will not be bleached as well. Can I speak normally with Invisalign? Invisalign aligners are very thin and do not cover the palate. You may only notice slight speech impairments, such as a lisp, during the first 1 to 2 days. After that, you will speak normally. Even presenters or actors we have treated have had no problems performing their job as a result.
13 . What happens if I lose an Invisalign Splint ?
If I have lost a brace, it depends on how long I have been wearing it. If I am at the end of the wearing period, i.e. I have been wearing the old brace for more than 7 days, I can simply try to switch to the next brace. This will then be worn longer. However, if I have been at the very beginning of the wearing period, I should use the previous splint and of course inform the doctor who treated me so that he orders the lost splints again.
14. Do I have to wear another brace after the treatment and for how long? After the treatment, fixed, wire, retainers should be placed in both jaws. These are fixed from canine to canine. We recommend that you leave these retainers in place for the rest of your life. In addition, removable retainers, VIVERA splints, are worn at night to stabilise the posterior teeth. What if the teeth are still crooked after the treatment? You can either work with pressure points in the aligners to achieve the final position. Another option is to scan the patient again and order more aligners. This is called caserefinement. Sometimes the orthodontist will also perform what is called an approximal enamel correction. This is because if the teeth are too close together, it can also hinder movement.
15 Does the statutory health insurance pay for Invisalign?
Unfortunately, the statutory health insurance does not cover the costs of Invisalign. It is not included in the catalogue of benefits of the health insurance companies. In addition, for adults, only extreme malocclusions that need to be corrected with surgery are covered by the health insurance. Most people with statutory health insurance pay the costs themselves. Here, the favourable financing options and the instalment payment options help. This makes it affordable for almost all patients to have their teeth corrected. Simply ask your treating doctor.