Many people with orthodontic problems shy away from braces and other traditional teeth correction interventions because of the unattractiveness associated with such methods. Invisalign provides the best alternative to such methods because it is made of completely transparent plastic that makes it virtually invisible. Up to 15% of adults suffer from orthodontic problems such as bad bites, crooked teeth, and crowded teeth. Invisalign has increased the number of adults seeking orthodontic intervention because they are more comfortable to wear and improve teeth alignment without interfering with the smile of the patient.
Invisalign basically uses the same concept as traditional braces to rehabilitate the teeth. The doctor will first need to determine the degree of misalignment of the teeth by getting a dental impression. Depending on the diagnosis, the doctor will recommend an invisalign for a given period in order to restore the teeth to an attractive alignment. The orthodontic appliance is less intrusive because it is made of very thin plastic that is comfortable to wear and will not interfere with how the patient eat, speaks, or smiles. Most patients report that they feel some discomfort for the first few days of wearing the appliance.
However, the discomfort quickly disappears as the mouth gets used to the appliance. The removable device can be conveniently removed to eat, drink, or brush teeth. However, orthodontists recommend that for optimal results the patient must wear invisalign for at least 20 hours every day. The fact that the design is clear and very thin, less than one millimeter thick, makes them virtually invisible to other people. This ensures that the patient can improve their dental structure discreetly. The appliance is made from cutting edge computer aided design to ensure that it rehabilitates the teeth progressively without causing much discomfort to the patient. This is unlike braces where the doctor needs to constantly adjust the wires to get the correct alignment.
The computer aided technology also ensures that the patient gets a device that specifically fits within their needs. Conventionally, the device comes with up to 30 aligners for the upper and lower teeth. Most adults from the age of 18 years will only need to wear invisalign for one year in order to rehabilitate the teeth. However, time can vary from one patient to another depending on the severity of the orthodontic problem. Children generally require a shorter time because their teeth are less stiff and restricted as compared to adults.
Most people often wonder what benefits invisalign has to traditional orthodontic interventions such as braces or dental surgery. The device is a basically an improvement to braces although they use the same concept of forcing the teeth to correct alignments in order to improve dental health and attractiveness. Although the method to straighten teeth with braces is similar, Invisalign are clear and removable.
Invisalign are virtually invisible which means that patients can wear them without making it obvious that they are rehabilitating their teeth. Furthermore, the device is made of soft plastic which reduces the likelihood of injuring the patient. Invisalign are removable and the patient can conveniently remove them to brush or floss the teeth. For hygiene purposes, doctor recommend that patients should remove the device while eating to prevent staining.
This all combines to make Invisalign one of the fast growing alternatives to traditional braces to correct teeth alignment.