Invisalign is a system for straightening teeth using clear plastic aligners. Instead of fixing brackets and wires to the teeth, Invisalign works in a similar way to a retainer. This orthodontic system is popular with anyone looking to get straighter teeth without the commitment of fixed braces. Invisalign may be customised to individual cases using attachments, precision wings and power ridges.
Invisalign power ridges are just one of the many features that make the Invisalign system so versatile. This blog post will explore the role of power ridges in the treatment journey and why they are so important. We’ll also look at ways to make power ridges more comfortable and easy to maintain throughout the treatment plan.
How does Invisalign work?
To understand how Invisalign power ridges work, we must first understand the Invisalign treatment system. Invisalign is an orthodontic system that uses a series of aligners to move the teeth gradually.
During treatment, you can remove the clear plastic aligners to eat, drink and care for your teeth. This system is far more discreet than most orthodontic systems and is popular with teens and adults.
What are Invisalign power ridges?
Invisalign power ridges are used in Invisalign treatment plans to provide gentle horizontal forces, which means they can correct minor malocclusions and correct arches without any metal or brackets on the front teeth.
Ridges are used at the top and bottom of the aligner to provide a lever grip on the tooth. If your teeth protrude outward or inward, power ridges may be used to manoeuvre them into the correct position.
How do Invisalign power ridges work?
Power Invisalign ridges are small ridges placed in your aligners to create a gentle pressure, eventually moving your teeth into place. Since the power ridges are intended to apply extra pressure to the teeth, they can take some getting used to.
Power ridges also make the aligners fit more snugly to the teeth, so it takes a bit of practice to get them in and to remove them. So you might need a little bit of patience in the beginning as you get used to the feel of the power ridges.
Power ridges can also make your braces less comfortable, but your dentist can often fix this by trimming the material so that it doesn’t irritate your tongue or gums. Your dentist will make sure the aligners fit correctly and trim as required during your first Invisalign fitting.
Does everyone need power ridges?
No, this isn’t a standard treatment option. Not everyone will need Invisalign power ridges for their treatment journey. And not everyone will need them at every stage in their journey.
If you need power ridges throughout the treatment, your dentist will explain this in your Invisalign consultation. These may be used alongside precision wings and attachments to help make your orthodontic treatment more effective.
Do power ridges hurt?
They shouldn’t hurt you, but they may be slightly more uncomfortable. The biggest complaint with power ridges is that they put extra pressure on your teeth.
You might notice the power ridges more at the start of your treatment plan when the angle of your teeth is more pronounced. Then, as the tooth shifts into the correct position, the power ridges will feel less prominent.
The power ridges may rub on your lips or catch on your tongue. This can lead to speech problems as you adjust to the new apparatus in your mouth. Rest assured, this is completely normal and should pass as you get used to wearing your braces.
If you do experience any discomfort or pain with Invisalign power ridges, talk to our Invisalign dentists! We can help you with tips and tricks to make your treatment more comfortable.