Invisalign is a prosthetic device used to apply gentle pressure on the teeth to move them to correct mis alignment of teeth. It is a variation of traditional braces which has been in use for decades.
Many people opt for Invisalign because it is a discreet way of getting the smile you dream of. Made of transparent plastic, which is not noticeable on the teeth, it helps smooth movement of teeth. People who do not want to everyone to know about their dental treatment going on, prefer Invisalign.
When adults realize that they are past teenage but still want to get their smile right, they want to opt for Invisalign so that they get their dream smile without becoming very obvious. Invisalign is chosen by many people who have high profile jobs where they have to be with people most of the time. In such cases also they prefer to do get smile corrected invisibly. Invisalign treatment is recommended for teeth with large gaps in between or crowded teeth. It can solve problems of mild overbite also.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign is made up of a transparent removable tray which is made to order according to the measurement of your teeth. The same is worn over your teeth which fits snug, and applies mild pressure on teeth to move in desired direction.
Before the treatment starts, the dentist will discuss with you the options to get you the smile you want. There will be a meeting between the orthodontist and you along with the dentist to find out what exactly you wish to achieve at the end of the treatment. Then the orthodontist will take measurement of your teeth and decide the course of treatment. A detailed plan will be made and your orthodontist will decide how many clear aligner trays will be required for you to get you your desired smile.
A set of Invisalign aligners trays will be delivered to the dentist’s office by the lab where the order had been placed by the orthodontist. You will be asked to change the numbered trays one after the other in sequence. As the teeth will keep moving, you will be able to see the result. Invisalign may take about 18 to 20 months to get the desired result, depending on how much movement of the teeth is required by individual patient. The trays are supposed to be worn all the time on the teeth and can be removed while eating and cleaning. One of the best parts of the treatment is that the patient can fit and take out the tray easily whenever there is a need. The freedom to enjoy food without the hassle of metal braces is one of the advantages. The more the tray stays on the teeth, the less time it will take to move your teeth. At the end of the treatment, the dentist will sit with you with your original plan, and compare the result with what you had in mind. In most cases, you will get the position of the teeth as you want.
As is the case with all other dental treatment, Invisalign may not work on everyone. You will have to discuss your problems and needs with your dentist. Usually, people who have gaps in between their teeth, have crooked teeth because of crowding of teeth or have a slight overbite, may benefit most by Invisalign.
When you are presented with many choices to get a smile makeover, you will have to take a decision in favour of any one kind of treatment your dentist offers. How will you decide whether Invisalign is the best choice for your desired smile?
Besides giving you the smile, you want, it will additionally serve many other purposes. They will make them more suitable for getting your desired smile.
Factors that make Invisalign more suitable for your smile makeover
If you are wondering whether Invisalign is right for you, here is a checklist.
Self-conscious people, who do not want to deal with questions about dental treatment, find Invisalign very comforting because it almost invisible to other people. Invisalign is especially preferred by adults and also teenagers who do not want people to notice their decision for getting the teeth corrected for a better smile.
Ease of use
The ease and comfort of putting on and taking off Invisalign aligners are a very big advantage, which makes these aligners popular. The trays are made of plastic so very small chances of them irritate the soft tissues in the mouth.
No compromises where food is concerned
With traditional braces, the choices in food becomes limited, because you are not allowed to eat many types of food which will harm the brackets and wires, for example, hard and sticky foods. You are also not allowed to eat foods which need to be cut with your front teeth, because it may use it may damage the wires and bands which are part of the braces. With Invisalign you can have whatever food you fancy because the aligners are taken off before eating. There is no fear of getting food stuck in the wires and brackets, which is very difficult to clean. In clear aligners, the mouth has to be clean before you put on the aligners after meals. Since the mouth and teeth are clean before you put them on, the possibility of decay in the mouth is considerably lessened.
Protection from grinding teeth
Since the clear aligners have to be kept in place even during sleep, it protects the teeth grinding in people who have bruxism. Teeth grinding harms the teeth in more than one way. The clear aligners will work as mouth guard and keep the teeth from grinding and getting damaged.
Oral health care
Since Invisalign is a device which can be removed while taking meals, and cleaning of the mouth, it is a lot easier to keep the mouth bacteria free. With metal brackets, brushing and flossing is very difficult resulting in increased time and effort in keeping teeth bacteria free. It makes sense to have clean and decay-free teeth and gums when getting the perfect smile.