What Makes Invisalign Different?
Invisalign is one of the newer options in orthodontics, and is often called “clear braces.” The increasing popularity of Invisalign is due to its numerous advantages, including:
- No restrictions on diet
- No special cleaning techniques
- Almost invisible clear plastic aligners
- No wires or brackets to catch cheeks and tongue
- Completely removable
In addition to the problem of visible wires and brackets, many people dislike the thought that braces will keep them from eating many of their favorite foods. Take a look at the diet restrictions for braces and decide if you will be able to give up those foods for a year or more.
Cleaning braces can also be difficult. It’s time consuming and hard to get right. As a result, some people experience problems with gum disease and white lesions that can be unhealthy or lead to unattractive tooth appearance. With Invisalign, you have to brush your teeth more often, but you don’t have to work around brackets and wires.
The clear plastic aligners are nearly invisible, so few will notice that you’re wearing Invisalign. And even if you’re in situations where the aligners might be noticeable, such as sitting for a professional portrait, you can remove the aligners and get a picture without them.
Plus the aligners are very comfortable. With no brackets or wires to catch your cheeks or tongue, you’ll be very happy with the experience of wearing your aligners.
Being removable makes Invisalign flexible so you can be ready no matter what life brings. All braces, including Invisalign, can cause some minor speech problems. Most people adapt. But if you don’t adapt, you can always remove your aligners whenever you have an important speech or presentation to give. You also don’t have to worry that orthodontics will interfere with a spontaneous intimate encounter.
Invisalign treatment is also comparable to traditional braces in the quality of results.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign uses the same basic mechanism as traditional braces. Our bodies are constantly reworking our bones in response to pressure. This process is especially active in the jaw. In order to move teeth, all we have to do is apply constant pressure to the teeth in the direction we want them to move. The body will then rework the bone around the teeth to allow them to move.
With traditional braces, this force is applied with wires attached to brackets bonded to the teeth. With Invisalign, clear plastic aligners apply the force.
When you decide you want Invisalign, we will take a digital image of your teeth. We will then decide what is the desired position of your teeth. We send this data to Invisalign.
At Invisalign, a powerful computer program will break the movement of your teeth down into small segments. The program will then design an aligner to accomplish each small segment of movement. These aligners are manufactured and sent to us.
We will fit you for the first aligner, which you’ll wear for two weeks, and call you back for a follow-up to get the second. After that, we may give you several aligners at a time, and we may allow you to wear each aligner for just one week before moving on to the next aligner.
Because of the way Invisalign works, Align Technology is constantly receiving data from dentists and patients about the effectiveness of treatment. This allows them to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment and constantly work to improve the technique.
Today’s Invisalign is very different from what it used to be. It is now able to handle more cases than ever. The predictability of results is better than ever. Most impressively, the treatment time has been cut in half for many people.
While it used to be required that everyone wear their aligners for two weeks, now many people can wear an aligner for just one week. This effectively cuts treatment time in half. Since Invisalign used to take about the same time as braces, now many people can get their treatment in half the time for traditional braces.
Everyone should consider the new Invisalign. Even if you considered Invisalign in the past but decided against it because you weren’t a candidate or didn’t like the treatment time, you should take another look today.