What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment for people who have problems of teeth which make their smile less appealing. People who have misaligned teeth, like who have overbite, underbite or crossbite can avail of this treatment. Invisalign is basically one of the orthodontic treatment available to get a more beautiful smile.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign works on the principle of moving the teeth slowly and bring them to proper alignment. There are many procedures that need to be followed before the results appear. The entire process consists of deciding on how many teeth need to be moved to get the desired smile. Invisalign are clear plastic aligner trays worn over the existing teeth to help them move slowly in a predesignated direction. The trays need to be on the teeth for maximum hours in a day. They are removed only for eating, brushing and flossing the teeth. Which amounts to about 20 to 22 hours a day.
What are advantages of Invisalign over other orthodontic treatments?
- Invisalign are removable trays. They can be removed whenever the need arises, unlike traditional brackets which are fixed to the teeth with wires and rubber bands.
- The Invisalign treatment uses digital technology for imaging of the teeth which is used to create the trays. This results in precision in procedures.
- Before the patient gets the desired smile, he/she does not have to go through the embarrassing time of wearing metal appliances and wiring on the teeth.
- Invisalign trays allows for cleaning and oral hygiene time because they are removable.
- Because it is discreet as the name suggests, the wearer is put at ease when wearing it.
- It can be opted for by any age adults, whether teenage or older.
Is Invisalign for you?
Here are a few facts to be kept in mind before selecting the Invisalign treatment for yourself.
- Age does not matter
You can get the Invisalign treatment at any age. There is no age limit. As long as you are healthy and free of any serious disease, you are fit to receive this treatment.
- Fast and efficient
This treatment is very efficient, and works faster, it is really saving your time, and effort.
- Minimal discomfort
Discomfort and soreness in the mouth is common. Like any other orthodontic treatment, moving teeth to a desired position involves a little pain, but it not much compared to traditional orthodontic treatment where you are required to wear metal braces and your teeth has to bear the inconvenience of having tighteners and rubber bands in the mouth.
- Duration for wearing Invisalign
Invisalign is an invisible tray made according to the size of your teeth. It is used to slide your teeth slowly in a desired way and direction. For this to happen the pressure on the teeth has to be maintained for as long as possible. Therefore, these trays are worn almost all the time of the except while eating and cleaning your mouth.
Although the Invisalign orthodontic treatment is considered a fast and efficient treatment, the period of time in months or years vary from individual to individual. Each person has different needs and different amount of work required for the treatment.
- Effect on speech
Speech may get affected initially, after wearing the Invisalign you may notice a slight lisp or changes in your speech. But you need not worry, because it is due to the new appliance in your mouth. Although the Invisalign are invisible to outsiders, you will notice them while you speak in the beginning. After sometime though your vocal tissues will get used to it and you will speak in normal way again.
- Avoiding certain foods
You will have to avoid foods that can stain your teeth and that can be transferred to your aligners. Foods like red wine, tea coffee and all foods that can colour your teeth has to be avoided, or you may end up washing your aligners as many times as you consume these foods.
- Dental care and dental hygiene routine
During Invisalign orthodontic treatment daily regime of dental care becomes very important. Regular brushing and flossing is key to success for this treatment. Bacteria and acid formation in the mouth has to be stopped completely for the treatment to be fruitful. Otherwise plaque built-up will be shown through the clear plastic aligners making your treatment go waste. Along with the dental care you will have to clean your aligners too. As the name suggests the aligners are not visible to other people. If they become unclean, it will be visible to people, which will lose the purpose itself.
- Post treatment retainers
Retainers will be required after the Invisalign treatment is over. When all the teeth have been moved to its designated place, it is no guarantee that they will not move back! It is therefore needed to wear retainers for longer periods till the teeth get settled in their new position. That is why you will be wearing post treatment retainers at night.
- Toothbrushes everywhere
You will be required to keep toothbrushes in all possible places because you are required to brush your teeth after ever food intake. You may keep toothbrush in your office, in your bag, in your purse, in your car and so on, because all possible places you may eat at, the brushing will be needed.
If you are considering Invisalign, bear in mind whitening and moving the teeth can be done at one go also. Since retainers are on the teeth whole day, it is very convenient to get the teeth whitening treatment also done at the same time.
Like all other dental treatments, this orthodontic treatment also requires very good dental hygiene regime. You need to keep your teeth clean at all times and like normal other dental treatments, you must keep in contact with your dentist all the time. Before you begin your treatment, it is better to ask questions and clear your doubts.