While everyone desires a beautiful and healthy-looking smile, for various reasons, not everyone really feels confident with their natural smiles. This can affect the individual in various ways, however, despite this, not many seek the treatment of traditional braces to fix this due to a fear that revolve around getting braces. Thankfully though, they can go for the option of Invisalign, which is technically an alternative for traditional braces. No matter what your age may be, Invisalign is an option for you.
Invisalign is a solution to straightening your teeth developed much later than traditional braces, that avoid the use of wires. It is basically a clear piece of plastic that is moulded and replicated into invisible aligners that slid perfectly into the mouth and around your teeth. Each aligner shifts your teeth slightly, moving them horizontally and vertically and even rotating them whenever required, although you don’t notice this as much as you would with braces. They are created to utilize just the right amount of force in the right place at the right time. Every few weeks, usually anywhere from four to six, you exchange your invisible aligners for a new set that slowly straighten your teeth to their proper alignment. You can also have Invisalign attachments temporarily bonded to your teeth as a part of your treatment. Your dentist or orthodontist will let you know whether that’s required or not. These attachments help the invisible aligners attach to individual teeth, which helps with the process of correct positioning. Nevertheless, despite which route you take, at the end of the treatment, the aligners will be taken off and the individual will notice how changed their teeth positioning has become over just a short period of time.
The first step to receiving any kind of treatment though, is making sure it is right for you. With Invisalign, they will work just as well as traditional braces, however with more severe forms of treatments in cases where the alignment or positioning is seriously affected, your dentist will always recommend traditional braces. Upon a quick consultation your dentist, you can decide whether you would like to forward with the Invisalign treatment or not. Upon deciding this, the dentist will attach create a mould of your teeth which is used to make the invisible aligners which are utilized throughout the entire course of the treatment.
The most ideal part of Invisalign is that since it is smooth and clear, no one can really tell you are receiving treatment to straighten your teeth. You typically have to wear the invisible aligners for about 22 hours a day, including while you are sleeping. The treatments can be completely as quickly as in 22 weeks for various patients but for others it may take longer. Another benefit of taking the Invisalign option is that you can easily take good care of your teeth as you take off the invisible aligners to eat and clean. Unlike with traditional braces where you have to remember to avoid certain foods and are not allowed to eat specific kinds, with Invisalign, you can basically eat whatever you want, with a few things to keep in mind. For example, if you are a heavy smoker or coffee drinker, this can cause the invisible aligners to become yellow along with your teeth as well. Therefore, is important to make sure you limit your coffee and cigarette consumption in order to continue good dental care during the treatment. Invisalign is also less painful than traditional braces and cost just about the same as traditional braces so it is evident why many prefer it over traditional braces.
In comparison to traditional braces, what makes Invisalign better? Invisalign is invisible as the name suggests. No one will be able to notice that you are receiving treatment to fix the positioning of your teeth, because the clear plastic aligners are barely noticeable over your natural teeth. Furthermore, Invisalign is more comfortable than traditional braces. While any new sort of treatment, even Invisalign, will cause discomfort at first, most patients have claimed that Invisalign is much more comfortable than the traditional braces, from which the brackets and wires may cause cuts and scratches in the mouth and sometimes make daily operations, such as chewing and eating much more painful. Lastly, as mentioned before, you can remove your invisible aligners whenever you need to in order to ensure you are staying up to par with your oral hygiene.
Thus, Invisalign is a great option for those that seek to be more confident with their smiles, without having to fear the idea of traditional braces.