Orthodontic treatment has undergone various changes over the years and since 1997, Invisalign has risen in prominence as a viable alternative to braces. Not only do they offer a clear view of the teeth but require less maintenance and can be removed easily.
An Introduction to Invisalign
Invisalign, also known as aligner therapy, is essentially a mould for your teeth. The mould sits over your teeth and works by slowly nudging them towards the ideal position. Unlike braces, they are not glued to your teeth but rather act like a fitted cap that you can wear or take off anytime.
Invisalign is made from clear plastic and are almost indistinguishable as long as you take good care of them (and prevent it from turning yellow). This means, that unless is someone is looking closely, they will hardly notice that you’re wearing these virtually invisible braces!
How Do I Get Invisalign?
The process of getting one made is fairly simple. First, the dentist determines the need for Invisalign. Once determined, you will have to undergo an X-ray and bite on to a mould. Using 3-D imaging techniques, a technician will create a digital model of your existing teeth positions. Finally, they will manipulate their positions and create several alternatives, with the teeth moving slightly in each new model. That is until they reach the final desired position in the final model.
So, essentially, throughout the entire treatment, you will be given a series of clear aligners that are to be worn for a period of two weeks on average. Each new set of aligner means you’re one step closer to a perfect smile!
How Long Does Invisalign Take To Work?
There are people who have reported seeing results in as less as 10 weeks! In general, users need to wear Invisalign for at least 20 to 22 hours a day for a period of up to two years to see permanent changes. Since Invisalign covers the top of your teeth, you will have to take it off while eating, or drinking hot liquids (which can warp the plastic). When you are not wearing your aligner, make sure to soak them in a suitable cleaning solution.
Why You Should Choose Invisalign
We’ll give you 9 reasons on why you should definitely choose Invisalign:
Correct Various Teeth Straightening Issues
Invisalign can correct overbites and underbites, small gaps between teeth, cross-biting, overcrowding and other minor alignment and teeth straightening issues. As a brainchild of cosmetic dentistry, it can guarantee both – aesthetics and functionality.
A Completely Pain-free Process
The process of getting an aligner as well as wearing and removing it completely painless. Other than the mould which you will have to bite into at the dentist’s (let’s be real, that’s an uncomfortable 5 minutes right there), there is virtually any stage at which you will be ill-at-ease.
See Changes in Real-Time
The Invisalign creation process uses 3D imaging. This means that you can see a projected view of your final teeth alignment anytime! It also allows the dentist to monitor the movement process closely. So, if anything does not go according to plan, they can just change the next aligner set to bring things back on track.
Eat What You Like
Want to enjoy a tub of popcorn? Or perhaps a chewing gum? Simply pop your aligner out, enjoy the feast, and make sure to brush your teeth before putting it on again. Invisalign allows a level of flexibility that semi-permanent attachments like braces simply cannot.
Get the Illusion of Clear Teeth
Teenagers may often find the idea of wearing braces repulsive or be overly conscious of their smile once they get it. With Invisalign, you can forget about self-esteem issues. Invisalign contains only plastic, without any glue, metal or wire attachments.
Made For All Ages
While dentists suggest that those who need teeth correction start on it as early as possible (the teen years being an ideal time), Invisalign can be used by anyone regardless of age. In fact, a large number of people who use Invisalign are beyond 18 years of age and have still reported seeing successful changes over the course of 10 months.
Quick and Easy Availability
With every new set, there is no need for the dentist to glue it in place, hence no more hours spent at the clinic! Only the first visit might last up to an hour since the mould will be made. All other visits will only involve a regular checkup and getting a new set of aligners.