One of the reasons why many people tend to skip wearing metal braces is because braces often look unattractive. If you want to straighten your teeth without feeling self-conscious, getting an Invisalign treatment might just solve the problem. These look like invisible braces and will work best for minor to moderate dental issues.
Let us discuss what is Invisalign and why you should consider getting this treatment.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign are not braces. These are clear and removable plastic aligners with no metal brackets and wires.
Like braces, Invisalign pushes teeth to straighten their alignment. Because they are thin and custom-made to suit the patient’s teeth, Invisalign becomes transparent and almost invisible.
What does Invisalign fix?
Although it looks like a set of plastic trays for the teeth, Invisalign can fix gaps or abnormal spaces in between teeth. It can also correct slight malocclusions and minor bite issues such as the following.
Minor dental overcrowding. This happens when the space on your mouth is not enough for all permanent teeth to grow normally. This results in crooked misaligned teeth.
Underbite. When you bite, the lower teeth are in front of the upper teeth instead of the other way around. The affected person often develops chewing difficulty.
Overbite. The condition is considered an overbite if the position of the teeth is normal when you bite but the overlap is way too big.
Crossbite. This condition happens when one or more teeth are much closer to the tongue or to the cheek.
Overjet. When the upper front teeth protrude outwards and toward the lip instead of going straight downward.
What can’t it fix?
Although clear aligners work wonders, they also have limitations. Severe cases of overcrowding, malocclusion, bite issues, and large gaps are best solved by traditional metal braces. It is always best to consult with a dentist or orthodontist for proper evaluation of your teeth condition.
Benefits of Invisalign over metal braces
If the patient is a good candidate for clear aligners, there are a number of advantages.
First is the most obvious benefit which is having a better appearance. Clear aligners are nearly invisible, making them much more appealing than traditional metal braces.
Second is about comfort. Since clear aligners are made from plastic, there are no sharp edges that can hurt your mouth. Although there will still be a slight discomfort, it will be less painful and irritating.
The third advantage is convenience. Invisalign aligners are removable. This means that you can remove them briefly if you need to eat or drink something. This also means that you can play your favourite contact sports without fear of damaging the aligners.
Last is the ease of cleaning. With metal braces, food can get stuck and brushing the teeth is always a difficult task. With Invisalign, all you need to do is remove the trays and brush normally. Just remember to brush the aligners as well before putting them back on.
How long is the treatment?
The length of treatment varies depending on the patient’s condition. On average, minor dental issues can be solved in 12 to 18 months. To achieve best and faster results, it is highly recommended to wear the aligners for 22 hours each day.
Braces affect the way a person looks. Adults and teens who wear braces often feel self-conscious and, as a result, lose confidence during the orthodontic treatment. Invisible braces or clear aligners might just be the better alternative to achieve that perfect smile.
Here at Brite Dental clinic, we specialize in Invisalign treatment. To know more about your teeth condition and the best treatment plan available, schedule an appointment with our dentists at your most convenient time.