You have probably heard about Invisalign® aligners and how they straighten teeth. This method has become more popular and common in recent years. It is not difficult to see why so many people choose this approach to handle orthodontic issues. No longer are the braces the only option you have to restore your smile and improve your appearance. Your general dentist can help determine whether you are a good candidate for this therapy.
Living with crooked teeth can be challenging for various reasons. First, alignment problems, crowded teeth, bite dysfunctions, and similar issues can be embarrassing. These conditions can hamper a person’s smile, causing the individual to avoid social settings. Getting the right treatment can improve the person’s self-esteem and self-image.
Another reason why a person would be interested in Invisalign is to improve their oral health. Crooked teeth are challenging to clean. Brushing and flossing are likely to be ineffective, which can lead to decay and infections. Orthodontic problems can also lead to tooth pain and jaw pain.
An overview of Invisalign
Invisalign is a type of clear aligner that straightens teeth. The aligners are clear plastic mouthpieces similar to teeth-whitening trays. The device fits over the teeth snugly and puts pressure on the teeth gently but constantly. This forces the teeth to move into the correct positions. The dentist takes X-rays and makes 3D impressions of the mouth to fit the patient with a set of aligners. The person gets a new set at each appointment every few weeks.
Discreet and unnoticeable
Traditionally, people have worn braces to move teeth and revive smiles. This method is effective but stands out in the mouth. Teens and adults who feel self-conscious about their appearance can struggle wearing braces. One of the advantages that Invisalign offers is that the treatment is virtually invisible. The clear appliance is practically impossible to detect in the mouth, so other people will not even know when the patient wears it.
Braces remain on the teeth during the entire treatment. Only the dentist can remove them. However, Invisalign aligners are removable. This helps to keep the appliance clean, as the patient can take out the aligners while eating. People who wear aligners will do so for 21 to 22 hours a day.
Because braces consist of metal brackets and wires, they can rub against the lips and tongue, causing sores or cuts. Braces can irritate the gums too. The good news is that Invisalign aligners will not pose this problem. The appliances sit much more comfortably in the mouth.
Teens and adults will also like the total treatment time of Invisalign. This method does not take as long as braces. The aligners can straighten teeth in as few as six months. People usually wear them for 12 to 18 months. Braces typically take two to three years.
Braces are no longer your only choice for orthodontic care. You can transform your smile with Invisalign aligners. As you see the benefits this treatment provides, you will see why it is right for you. Talk to your dentist today about getting started.
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