What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic appliance system used to inconspicuously treat crooked and crowded teeth in adults and teens. This modern take on braces features a system of clear aligner trays that are worn at all times with the exception of during meals and when brushing or flossing. The trays are custom fitted to the teeth, making them virtually unnoticeable when laughing, talking and eating with other people. Patients receive a sequence of trays, each of which is slightly different than the one before. The aligners provide a slight resistance to the teeth, forcing them to move into alignment over time. With Invisalign, adults and teens can achieve the smiles they’ve always wanted without feeling self-conscious about the mode of treatment.
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Wearing Invisalign is in no way as restrictive as traditional braces? Many adults opt for this system not only because it is discreet, but also because there is no need to change your diet to avoid foods that could damage braces. This is because the Invisalign system is free of braces and brackets, instead opting for a removable tray that can be taken out prior to meals. Also, Invisalign fits well into busy adult schedules, as there is no need to attend frequent visits for wire tightening. Most patients simply change to a new aligner tray every couple of weeks.
There are many advantages that Invisalign aligners offer over traditional metal braces. Invisalign aligners are transparent in color, making them very discreet and nearly invisible to others. They are also removable, and they are taken out for easy cleaning and whenever the wearer is eating. This gives the user the freedom to eat and drink whatever they would like during treatment, while also maintaining their regular oral hygiene habits. Invisalign treatment is also often recommended rather than braces for individuals who participate in contact sports.
Invisalign treatment, however, is not for everyone. Issues such as severely rotated teeth and large spacing issues may not be able to be properly fixed using Invisalign. Since Invisalign is removable, an unmotivated patient may take their aligner out too often, preventing the desired results from being achieved. Despite these limitations, many patients find that Invisalign is a convenient and effective method for correcting various orthodontic issues.
If you have crooked or crowded teeth that are embarrassing to you or otherwise preventing you from achieving optimal oral health, Invisalign could be the solution for you. Visit your Invisalign dentist for a complete consultation to find out if you could benefit from clear orthodontics.
You will wear your aligners nearly all of the time, with the exception of about two hours per day. Invisalign treatments are different for everyone, but most patients can achieve their ideal smiles within one to two years. During that time, you can expect to make occasional dental visits to monitor your progress.
Following your treatment, you will no longer need to wear Invisalign trays. However, you will need to wear a retainer each day to help protect your new smile. It is also important to continue visiting your dentist for routine check-ups and twice-yearly cleaning.