What is invisalign®?
Invisalign® is a custom-made aligners. It helps straighten your teeth with the use of clear, comfortable and removable aligners. The aligners are a series of clear plastic that cover the front portion of the teeth and a little bit of the gums. Each aligner is slightly different moving the teeth horizontally and vertically, rotating them when needed; to gradually bring it into the desired position. These aligners are changed every week eventually moving them in the desired direction mapped out by the dentist.
It is used as an alternative to the metal braces. Invisalign is barely visible unlike the previously embarrassing bulky metal braces.
Why does one need invisalign®?
Contemporary Invisalign is most commonly used instead of the traditional braces to straighten and align teeth. It is used for mild and moderately crowded teeth and to fix spacing issues. It is just another way to move your teeth in a manner you want to. They work wonders for people with gaps between their teeth.
As children have teeth structures that have much more complex issues, aligners are well suited for most adult and teens.
How long does the treatment take?
The time taken for the treatment will depend on how complex the mouth structure is, on how much the teeth need to be moved or rotated. Usually, the entire process takes atleast few months. The device is regularly worn for 20 hours every day for two weeks. They require to be changed every week and the new ones help to correct the alignment.
Supposing the patient had braces in his childhood and over the timespan the teeth have slightly shifted then the patient may have to wear the aligners for as little as 10 weeks. However, if guideline set by the doctor is not followed then the treatment could take longer to complete.
What are the pros of invisalign®?
Unlike the traditional braces with brackets and wires, Invisalign is a clear, BPA free plastic aligners. These aligner are painless. They are almost invisible so smile whenever you want to.
They are easy to remove and are custom made in such a way that they fit your teeth perfectly. Traditional braces cause irritation to the mouth and lips because of their sharp edges and ends. Invisalign is made to fit the teeth so it does not irritate the gums or the other areas in the mouth.
The best part is you are free to eat what you like. Traditional braces have a strict diet regulation because of its physical nature but invisalign is easily removable. Hence it has less impact on your diet as you can remove them during meals.
The invisalign does not block any part of the teeth and therefore oral health and hygiene can better be taken care of than with braces where it is difficult to clean the plaque collected in between and around the brackets.
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