Wearing metal braces is the conventional way of correcting the teeth’s symmetry. However, aside from being uncomfortable, many find the metal construction to be unappealing. Fortunately, advances in technology have brought one pleasing innovation: invisible braces.
The Lowdown on Invisalign
Invisalign treatment is a new technology that has dramatically changed the face of orthodontic care. Recognized by dentists the world over, Invisalign is at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry technology. It is also considered a life-changing treatment that’s worth the lofty price tag.
Unlike traditional braces or retainers, Invisalign is the invisible method of straightening teeth. The treatment uses removable, customized, and transparent aligners that fit snugly over the teeth.
Undoubtedly, Invisalign has revolutionized orthodontic treatment and care. Below are some of the ways it has changed orthodontic care for the better:
It offers more flexibility
While traditional braces have to remain in the teeth until the treatment is finished, Invisalign braces, however, are designed to give users flexibility. It is also designed with comfort in mind. The braces can be taken off without orthodontists’ assistance for short periods—when you eat, drink, clean, brush, or floss.
Removing Invisalign for prolonged periods is not recommended as the longer they are not worn, the longer the treatment will last. With that said, they should only be removed when necessary.
It provides faster results
Although gentler than its conventional counterpart, Invisalign braces work faster and are more effective. Not convinced? Consider this: Invisalign can do in a year and a half what braces can take three or more years to do. There is also less trial and error as everything is mapped out with the help of design software.
It provides a more comfortable experience
Invisalign braces are designed with a smooth finish so users won’t feel any discomfort. Also, while the traditional method puts tremendous pressure on the teeth, Invisalign is way gentler. You can also achieve the results you desire without restrictions on the food you can eat.
It is more teen-friendly
Many teens love Invisalign as they are comfortable, convenient, and flexible. They can also be removed when they have to eat, brush, or floss. Invisalign aligners for teens come with an indicator that lets them know how long they have to keep the aligners on in a day.
The Invisalign Process: Here’s What You Can Expect
Your orthodontist can provide guidance and can educate you about what you need to know before Invisalign treatment. If you are, impressions and X-rays of your teeth are taken to create a 3D image. The image will also be used to map the accurate movement of the teeth required to fix them.
As soon as you start the treatment, you are provided a new set of aligners every two weeks. Each new set will bring you a step closer to your desired outcome. Your orthodontist may also require a checkup every six weeks. At every stage of the treatment, expect to see significant progress.
Invisalign braces are well-loved and with good reason. They provide excellent results without interfering with your daily life. If you are a candidate for braces, check with your orthodontist if Invisalign is a better option for you.
Dr. Megan Peterson Boyle is the lead cosmetic dentist with Dental Studio 101 in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is focused on providing anxiety-free cosmetic dentistry services including Invisalign, dental implants, dental crowns and cosmetic fillings. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her friends and family.