What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment method developed for the correction of crowding, gaps and more complex malocclusions in the teeth without applying metal or ceramic brackets to the visible surfaces of the teeth.

What is the procedure?/What is the treatment procedure like?

Invisalign clear aligners allow your teeth to move within physiological limits. Unlike traditional brackets, the Invisalign treatment not only controls the amount of movement provided by each clear aligner, but also controls the time of movement. Thus, only certain teeth move in accordance with the amount of Invisalign movement planned for each aligner. The result is an effective force application system.

How long does Invisalign take to straighten your teeth?/How long does Invisalign treatment take?

The overall duration depends on the complexity of the treatment and is generally similar to conventional bracket treatments. You will be given detailed information as a result of the diagnosis that your doctor will make during the examination.

How do I take care of my Invisalign aligners?/What is the best way to clean my clear aligner?

The best way to clean your clear aligners is to brush without using toothpaste, rinse in warm water, and use clear aligner cleaning tablets from pharmacies or the cleaning crystals that Invisalign sent in your first session. It is important to brush your teeth before wearing your clear aligners after a meal.

Invisalign treatment vs traditional braces?/Comparison of traditional brackets and Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign clear aligners are almost invisible and the attachments applied on the teeth during the treatment are usually not noticed from the outside. Since Invisalign clear aligners are removable, you can remove your aligners and eat and drink during the treatment. However, meal times should not be kept long in order for tooth movement to occur and to increase treatment effectiveness. You can also remove your clear aligners and brush your teeth to maintain your normal hygiene routine and use dental floss for interdental cleaning. Unlike traditional fixed brackets, there are no metal brackets and wires. For this reason, in most cases, your doctor who applies your Invisalign aligners can perform the necessary controls and procedures in a shorter time. Finally, Invisalign treatment allows you to see your treatment plan and expected results even before treatment begins, so you can see how your teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

What is the cost of Invisalign in Turkey?/How much are Invisalign treatment fees?

Depending on the complexity of your case and your intraoral malocclusion, pricing is made in the band of 40 to 60 thousand Turkish Liras. However, there may be changes in this pricing with the inflation rates determined by Invisalign company and the miniscrew application that is planned to be used additionally during the treatment.

Can I switch to Invisalign treatment if I have used braces?/Can I switch from bracket treatment to Invisalign treatment?

Many patients are treated with a combination of brackets and Invisalign treatment. In addition, after the removal of your brackets after the examination by your doctor, you can switch to Invisalign treatment after the impression or intraoral scan that your doctor will take. It’s a good idea to consult your doctor, who is the provider of Invisalign, to decide on the best treatment for you.

Can I use Invisalign aligners if I have veneers?/Do crowns and bridges affect Invisalign treatment?

Crowns (dental veneers) generally do not affect Invisalign treatment. However, in some cases, small tooth-colored attachments called attachments are adhered to the tooth to ensure tooth movement in Invisalign treatment, which is more difficult to attach to the crowns than to the tooth. In these cases, the position of the crowns needs to be carefully evaluated. Your Invisalign provider doctor can give you more information about this.

Bridges, on the other hand, prevent the teeth from moving to a large extent because they connect two or more teeth tightly. Your doctor, your Invisalign provider, will decide whether bridges will affect your treatment.

Is Invisalign treatment painful?

Some people may experience a temporary, minor discomfort for the first few days at the start of each new treatment aligner. This is normal and is often described as a feeling of pressure. This is a sign that Invisalign clear aligners are working and moving teeth towards their final destination.

How often should I wear clear aligners?

You should always wear your clear aligners except between meal times and oral care periods. Recommended use is 22 hours a day.

Can I smoke while wearing clear aligners?

Smoking while wearing aligners is not recommended as it may cause staining or discoloration of clear aligners.

Can I chew gum while wearing clear aligners?

Chewing gum is not recommended while wearing a clear aligner, as the gum may stick to the plaque. It is recommended to remove the aligner for all snacks and meals.

Will clear aligners affect my speech?

Reported that the vast majority of patients had no effect on speech. It is seen that the speech of the patients returns to normal after a week. However, as with traditional orthodontic treatments, there will be a period of getting used to the presence of a new material in the mouth.

Is a retainer/essix aligner/vivera aligner required after Invisalign treatment is completed?

During the first year after orthodontic treatment, the retantion period is important so that the physiologically mobile teeth can stay in their position at the end of the treatment in the jawbone. Retainers are thin wires between the upper and lower canines (dog teeth/eye tooth) to maintain the position of the corrected teeth and prevent the treatment from returning. After a week, the tongue will adapt to these wires and speech will also relax. If these wires are not applied, the corrected gaps can be reopened or the corrected crowding can return. Retainers should stay in the mouth for a lifetime so that your teeth do not return, and there is no harm in keeping them in the mouth, except for allergic conditions (such as nickel allergy). The function of the Essix aligners are to support the retantion treatment similar to the retainers and is usually used at night. Similar to the Essix aligners, Vivera aligners ordered from Invisalign according to your request are also used in the retantion treatment.