Invisalign is a teeth straightening solution that provides an aesthetic alternative to metal braces. It consists of transparent aligner trays made of virtually invisible plastic that snugly fit over your teeth. Invisalign is a modern approach that can treat crowding, overbite, crossbite, underbite, and spacing.
How does Invisalign work?
Braces work for children. However, adults and teens find it awkward to wear braces and it often results in a loss of confidence in them. Invisalign allows patients to get orthodontic treatment in a comfortable and safe way, without revealing much about the treatment itself as the aligners are virtually invisible In this procedure, thin, BPA-free, transparent, aligners made from a thermoplastic material are used to move the teeth to their rightful place. The aligners are invisible and go unnoticed, and can help teens stay away from the embarrassment of wearing braces.
The doctor will take a digital scan to create a 3D impression of your teeth. The digital model highlights your bite, alignment, and spacing between your teeth. Dental technicians, using the 3D impressions, will generate a digital treatment plan and send it to your doctor for approval.
Each aligner is custom fabricated and unique. Every little shift in your teeth is mapped out along with the right amount of force required to straighten them. You will receive a series of aligners, that you’ll have to replace every two weeks. Each aligner will gradually shift your teeth and push them into place.
Invisalign aligners need to be worn for at least 22 hours a day.
Invisalign Vs Traditional Braces
Invisalign is transparent and does not stand out like metal brackets. You can smile confidently without feeling the need to hide your braces.
The removable nature of these virtually invisible aligners helps you keep them clean.
Invisalign straightens teeth in a shorter span of time when compared to metal braces.
Metal brackets and wires often irritate the inside of your mouth. They might also cut into your lips and inside of the cheek. Invisalign is made of soft and comfortable plastic and does not cause any irritation.
Invisalign is the best choice for athletes. If your child wears metal braces and gets hit in the face, he/she will injure their lips and cheeks.
Metal braces interfere with the speech. Invisalign does not cause any lisp.
With Invisalign, no food restrictions apply. You can remove your aligners while eating any food of your choice.
Going through with orthodontic treatment can not only help with the aesthetics but also solve the following problems:
TMJ pain or pain in the lower jaw and facial muscles.
Eating and chewing difficulties.
Obstructive sleep apnea caused due to snoring.
Teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism).
Tooth decay, gingivitis or gum diseases.
Who Should Consider Orthodontic Treatment?
Malocclusion can be caused due to issues in the jawbones, heredity, improper growth of the teeth during childhood, or an injury to the teeth or facial bones. The condition is also caused due to the habit of frequent thumb sucking. Some of the common malocclusion issues are as follows:
Protruding teeth: If the patient has protruding frontal teeth, he/she can visit an orthodontist to improve the appearance of their smile and regain confidence.
Crowding: When a narrow jaw has more teeth than it can accommodate, the teeth usually tend to overlap over one another, and the resulting condition is known as crowding. Apart from giving the patient a crooked smile, crowding leads to periodontal problems, increases the likelihood of tooth injury, bad breath, tooth wear, and can also cause gastrointestinal problems.
Impacted teeth: In this condition, the wisdom tooth does not emerge from the gum or only emerges partially. It can be very painful and may invite infections, which is why getting orthodontic attention becomes essential.
Asymmetrical teeth: This is one of the most common conditions in which the top and bottom sets of teeth are not symmetrical and do not align properly.
Spacing: In this condition, the teeth are spaced too wide apart from each other and result in excessive spaces between adjacent teeth. The condition is the opposite of what happens in teeth crowding.
Overbite: The condition causes upper teeth to come over the lower teeth when they are clenched.
Reverse bite: In this case, the upper set of teeth end up inside the lower set while biting or clenching.
Open bite: As the name suggests, the condition results in an opening in the frontal teeth even when the upper and lower sets of teeth clench against each other. In simple words, the molars and premolars stay in contact, but the frontal teeth don’t.
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