Invisalign is a clear aligner which is used to treat malocclusion. They apply pressure on the teeth and align them according to the requirement. Many misalignment issues such as crowding, spacing, crossbite, open bite, overbite, underbite, etc can be treated with Invisalign. What makes them highly desirable is that they're almost invisible. So you wouldn't have to face any embarrassment when you smile while wearing the aligner.
How would Invisalign suit your lifestyle?
- You wouldn't have to think twice before you eat anything. It is as simple as removing the aligner, eating your favorite snack, cleaning your teeth and putting them back on.
- They wouldn't interrupt your oral hygiene. When you want to brush and floss, you can easily remove the aligner. This way, you can maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
- You wouldn't have to make any changes to your everyday lifestyle. You can continue to do your day-to-day activities while still wearing the aligner.
- You wouldn't have to hide your smile while wearing Invisalign. You can confidently pose for a picture without having to feel embarrassed.
- You wouldn't have to visit the dentist's office very often. A visit every six to eight weeks would suffice.
How does Invisalign help in treating malocclusion?
Invisalign is made up of dental grade material (thermoplastic). The clear aligners move your teeth by applying pressure on them. A total of 18 to 30 aligners may be required for you to get the desired results. Each aligner will have to be worn for a period of 2 weeks before it is replaced by a new aligner. The movement of the teeth can be monitored when you visit the dentist. Also, each aligner will be designed with such precision that it imparts a specific amount of movement to the teeth.
Invisalign treatment involves the usage of a number of customized clear trays. For manufacturing these trays, your dentist would take impressions and x-rays of your dental set-up. They'll be sent to a dental laboratory where a series of clear aligners will be manufactured after a 3D image of your smile is created. Each aligner will have to be used for about 20 to 22 hours a day and can be removed while eating, drink or brushing. You'll have to visit your dentist once every 6 weeks in order to monitor the movement of your teeth.
How is Invisalign different from dental braces?
- Cleaning: Having braces would make it very difficult to brush and floss your teeth. But, with Invisalign, one can just remove the aligner and carry on with the cleaning.
- Food habits: When you have braces on, eating sticky, chewy and hard foods isn't permitted as the food particles may get stuck in between the braces or may even damage them. But, in the case of Invisalign, this isn't a problem, provided you clean your teeth well before you use the aligner.
- Chances of getting wounded: As braces have a few sharp edges and brackets, you may face a higher chance of getting hurt compared to Invisalign.
- Aesthetics: Dental braces are clearly visible. One may feel uncomfortable to smile while having braces on. But, Invisalign would go unnoticed and doesn't affect your smile at all.
- Removability: Braces are fixed aligners. The brackets are glued on to the surface of the teeth. But, Invisalign is a removable dental appliance.