High school can be a difficult place to fit in for just about any young student. With hormones running wild and insecurities thriving in their hosts, traditional metal braces can be uncomfortable. The reality is that aesthetics play an importance in today’s society; the same goes for adults who want a better smile while pursuing a career. In the past, extreme dental work has been regarded with much anxiety and has dissuaded many from addressing oral health concerns. Fortunately, the Invisalign invention has addressed these issues while safeguarding orthodontic effectiveness and improving comfort, cleanliness, and food restrictions. Invisalign has successfully revolutionized the business of orthodontics.
What is Invisalign?
Essentially, Invisalign is a clear and translucent aligner which fits snugly over your teeth. Made from an elastic proprietary multi-layer material called SmartTrack, the aligners slightly shift your teeth horizontally, vertically, and can even rotate your teeth. Periodically, your aligner must be changed as your teeth gradually move into position. A treatment plan is set out by your doctor.
Invisalign has many advantages, but the most obvious one is that it is more discrete than traditional metal braces. Not only is Invisalign virtually transparent, but they can be taken off at any moment’s notice. Business meeting or graduation photos coming up? Not to worry, just remove them temporarily, smile, and click them back in.
Say Goodbye to Food Restrictions
The most convenient advantage Invisalign offers is that, not only are they easier to keep clean, but they do not necessitate any food restrictions. Traditional braces are glued in place and cannot be removed; therefore, the food that you eat can occasionally get stuck in hard to reach places. Even after brushing around braces, which is quite difficult, food often gets caught and left behind, which leads to poor oral hygiene. With Invisalign, however, you must remove the aligners before eating. Just brush your teeth before putting them back in—a habit we should all be practicing anyway!
Traditional metal braces can be a pain—literally. Wired braces are often uncomfortable due to the occasional snag on soft tissues in the mouth. Lips, cheeks, and tongue can be accidentally cut up, but Invisalign produces none of these disturbances. The aligners are made of a smooth material that keeps your mouth free of snags and scratches. Braces can also be very painful because they apply pressure to your mouth every time they are tightened. Invisalign must be changed more often and needs less pressure to shift the teeth. Less pain, more gain!
Since Invisalign needs less pressure, causes less pain, and must be removed on a regular basis to eat, many believe that the process must take much longer to complete than braces. Contrary to popular belief, Invisalign is actually much faster than its traditional counterpart. Metal braces can take anywhere from three to eight years to finish treatment. If the regimen is followed properly, Invisalign only takes between 12 and 18 months to wrap up.
With Invisalign, the average speed is 18 times faster than traditional braces. Combined with its other advantages and its eligibility to be covered by insurance, Invisalign is a legitimate replacement for braces and should be considered if you are need of serious dental work. Since every situation is different, contact your local doctor for more information.