What are the Benefits of Invisalign?
If your teeth are unevenly spaced, crooked, twisted or otherwise misaligned, you are probably wondering which orthodontic treatment is right to correct the positioning of your teeth.
Most people think that dental misalignment is purely a cosmetic issue, and whilst for many people, the way that their teeth look is incredibly important, there are health-based arguments for seeking orthodontic treatment too. One of those is that patients who have small gaps between their teeth created by misalignment issues are more likely to suffer from dental decay and periodontal disease since these areas are harder to clean properly.
There are several different orthodontic treatments that can address the position of your teeth and leave with you with a straighter, healthier and more attractive smile. One of the most popular and highly sought-after is Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a fairly new, innovative take on a conventional orthodontic treatment. While it works in largely the same way as traditional braces by applying pressure to the teeth to cause them to move into the desired position, the way that it does this is a little different. Traditional braces are secured on to the teeth with a series of brackets, wires, and elastics that are used to add force to drive them into their new position. However, with Invisalign, there is no need for uncomfortable and awkward metalwork.
The Invisalign program of treatment uses a series of custom-designed, clear plastic aligners that sit over the top of the teeth in the same way as a retainer. However, each aligner actually exerts a small amount of force on the teeth to guide them into their new position. Each phase of aligners is worn for around three weeks before you move on to wearing the next one in the series. They must be worn in the correct order, and for a minimum of 22 hours each day to be successful. This means that you should only remove them for eating and cleaning.
The series of aligners are created using cutting-edge mapping technology that uses the position of the natural teeth and calculates the movements that they will need to make to reach an improved position. Then aligners are created for each stage of the treatment. On average, the Invisalign treatment program takes around 24 months which is about the same amount of time that braces are worn. However, your Invisalign provider will be able to give you a more accurate estimate of the length of your treatment plan.
What are the benefits of choosing Invisalign?
Invisalign patients often admit that the benefits of choosing Invisalign far outweigh the cost. So, why should you choose Invisalign? Let’s take a look at some of the most commonly-cited advantages which include:
Invisalign is more discrete than any other orthodontic solution
Since Invisalign aligners are made from transparent plastic, once they have been inserted over your natural teeth, they are incredibly discrete. Most people around you won’t even realize that you are wearing them, and you can talk, laugh, and smile without worrying about flashing a mouth full of metal at those around you.
Invisalign aligners are comfortable
They may feel strange at first, but patients adapt to wearing Invisalign aligners very quickly and they soon become so comfortable, you don’t even realize that you have them in. In comparison, the sharp metals and elastics, and regular tightening of the wires and brackets can mean conventional braces more than a little uncomfortable.
Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating
Patients who wear regular braces will find that there are certain foods that they cannot eat in case they get caught in, or break, their braces. However, since Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating, you can enjoy whatever foods you like provided you put your aligners back in place after eating.
Patients who wear Invisalign have cleaner teeth
While you can brush your teeth while wearing regular braces, maneuvering around metalwork can be tricky and often, despite your best efforts, the cleaning will be substandard. This means that you are more likely to develop areas of decay or periodontal problems.
Fortunately, Invisalign aligners can be removed, so that you can clean the teeth underneath properly and fully. You will also need to clean your aligners gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild toothpaste.
If you are interested in finding out more about Invisalign, our experienced dentist at Donald I. Cadle, Jr., DMD, PA can help. Call our office today at 727-312-1300 to learn more.