Braces are the most effective way to align your teeth. But many refuse them only because the iron arc in a smile looks ugly and causes discomfort. Modern technologists have changed the approach to aesthetics and ease of alignment of teeth and introduced a new system called Invisalign.
What Is Invisalign?
Today Invisalign is the best alternative to braces. Invisalign gives the same result as braces – correcting a bad bite and straightening teeth. But the technique itself is significantly different. Instead of an iron arc in braces, Invisalign has special mouthguards made of transparent visually invisible polymer. Invisalign is made only in the USA and only this American company has a patent for the production of these caps.
Invisalign treatment consists of a set of individual, almost invisible, removable aligners that are replaced once every 2 weeks. During this period, aligners move the teeth to the calculated position, after which the patient changes them to the next pair.
The virtual treatment plan created by the unique Align Technology program ClinCheck® will show the direction of movement of your teeth during the correction, which will allow you to see the final result before the treatment begins.
If you put on braces and wear them without removing, then Invisalign you can remove when you eat food. This helps to better maintain hygiene because you can remove them, then eat, brush your teeth and put on clean mouth guards.
The main drawback of braces, which irritated many, is that food gets stuck in them. Not everyone has the time and opportunity to brush their teeth and braces after each meal. Food, which is stuck on braces can remain there for a whole day causing cavities.
Invisalign is completely invisible so they don’t bother you while smiling or talking to someone. This is an especially great option for adults, teens, and young adults who want to live life without the brackets and aesthetic inconveniences associated with traditional braces.
If braces cause severe discomfort and even pain, especially after each new tightening, then Invisalign does not cause any discomfort. They do not rub, do not move anywhere, and do not crush your teeth or tongue. You may feel slight discomfort only the first week, associated with the fact that a foreign body has appeared in the mouth.
With Invisalign, you will be able to spend less time at the orthodontist or dentist’s office as they only need to be maintained every 6 weeks on average. Other teeth straightening options will take more time and appointments.
Treatment begins with the x-rays of the entire oral cavity and CT of joints. Then you go to your orthodontist, who makes an impression of your teeth and sends it all to the laboratory where a treatment plan is drawn up. After a while, you get your treatment plan and a whole box of Invisalign’s designed for every week.
When you wear Invisalign mouthguards, your teeth change every day, so after a week, you can put on the next mouthguard, which will suit already displaced teeth. That is, each of the caps is different from the previous one.
The great advantage of these mouthguards for the patient is precisely the fact that the result can always be compared with the original. You may compare your first mouthguard with the current to see how the position of your teeth has changed.
It’s important to do everything under the supervision of an experienced dentist. You cannot just call the company, order Invisalign, and wear them at home just because you decide to strengthen your teeth. The doctor’s task is to monitor if there are any problems with the joints, how the teeth are strengthening, sometimes it is necessary to put on special rubber bands under the Invisalign or glue special “weights”, which will create additional weight in order to extend the tooth.