Braces are a device that is used to correct dental issues which are responsible for a less than perfect smile. These devices are made of metal brackets and wires to connect them so that they can apply pressure on the teeth to move them in a desired direction to correct the bite or to straighten the teeth.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a type of braces which is very different from traditional braces in that they are made of clear plastic or acrylic, unlike, metal brackets and wires in old fashioned braces and also, unlike metal braces, they are invisible or unnoticeable on your teeth. As the name suggests, it is invisible aligners which exerts gentle pressure on the teeth to align them in correct way in a predesigned direction to give you a perfect smile. It is a revolutionary way for correction of many dental problems.
Smile is a very important aspect of personality and one of the first things people notice about you. If you have misaligned or crooked teeth, your smile may not be as beautiful as it can be if you had straight teeth in a line without gaps in between. To provide you with a solution to these dental problems which hinders you from smiling beautifully showing the perfect pearly whites, Invisalign is a big help.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign works toward moving the teeth gently with applying pressure on them with clear plastic or acrylic aligners. The orthodontic surgeon will discuss your dental issues and its treatment with clear aligners at length. Once it is decided that Invisalign is best suited for your problem he will ask you the kind of smile you want at the end of the treatment. He will make drawings and show you images on his computer with the help of specific software. You have to choose the smile you like within the prevailing conditions with the help of your orthodontist. Once you decide upon the kind of smile you want and the duration it will take to achieve the goal, the dentist will give you the rough estimate of the cost. After the agreement on all aspects of the treatment, the dentist will take measurement of your teeth and send them to the lab to get the custom-made series of trays to be fitted on your teeth in sequence.
Once the trays arrive, he will call you to his office and give them to you to be put on one after the other in sequence as marked on the cover of each tray. Usually, the trays have to be changed every 15 days or so. The trays have to be on your teeth all the time, except when you are eating. After each meal, you have to clean your teeth and mouth and put the trays back on. You do not need to visit the dentist to fit on the tray. You can do it yourself.
Advantages of Invisalign
Here are some of the main advantages of Invisalign.
Solution for many dental issues
Invisalign solves many dental issues like crooked and crowded teeth, misaligned teeth like overbite, crossbite, open bite and underbite, and teeth which have gaps between them. Orthodontic treatment can solve all these issues. The dental issues like these give way to other dental problems like dental caries, and gum disease. Invisalign can solve these dental issues, in most cases if not all.
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign tray is invisible to other people. This is one of the major advantages of Invisalign. Not all the people who need to correct their smile are comfortable with metal braces with brackets and wires visible to the world, making them conscious of their smile. Invisalign is very discreet and is not obvious to the world so that you are not conscious of the braces in your mouth.
Invisalign is very comfortable to be worn. You must have come across people who have worn braces and noticed their discomfort. The traditional braces use brackets and wires to create tension so that the teeth change their position accordingly. When you visit the dentist to get the wires tightened, the process causes soreness on the dental tissues till the teeth move slightly and tension is reduced because of that. Unlike traditional braces where the brackets and wires come in contact with insides of the cheek and tongue which becomes uncomfortable in the beginning, the Invisalign tray fits snug on the teeth and do not scrape against the tongue because it is made of plastic which has smooth surface.
Ease of maintaining
The Invisalign aligners are very easy to put on and take off from the teeth. Therefore, you can remove it while eating and put them back on after your meals. They are easy to clean and allows you to enjoy your food without the worry of cleaning and removing the food trapped in between the brackets and wires. There are less restrictions on kind of food you can eat during the treatment because your Invisalign trays are not in the mouth when you are eating, so you have a larger choice of food. You can clean the Invisalign trays with little toothpaste and water and put them back on after cleaning your teeth and mouth.
No visits to the dentist are required to change the Invisalign trays which is an advantage over traditional metal braces, where you have to keep an appointment to get the wires tightened after the teeth has moved enough. The Invisalign trays are pre ordered and already in your possession so that you can change the tray according plan every 2 weeks or as your dentist has advised. This is very convenient because the hassle of visiting the dentist and waiting in the reception for your turn is not a necessity anymore.
Age is no bar
Invisalign treatment can be chosen by any one regardless of age. Children who are found to be having problems for their permanent teeth to cut through can avail of the treatment of Invisalign where they can wear the trays between 6 to 10 years of age, to make space for the permanent teeth to emerge as deciduous teeth have left very little space for them to grow out of the jaw. Because Invisalign is not conspicuous, older adults can also opt for the treatment without becoming conscious to wear the braces at an advanced age. It has been established that teeth can be moved at any age disproving the myth that braces can only help as long as jaw bones are soft.