Top 5 Reasons to Choose Invisalign for Your Dental Wellness

Invisalign Treatment- What Is It Anyway?

Invisalign, also known as clear aligners, is a type of orthodontic treatment used to adjust the teeth if they are mispositioned. In other words, it is a transparent and plastic form of dental braces which allows dentition to be corrected by gradually moving the teeth until they are shifted in the proper position, without the use of wires and brackets. Invisalign can be used to treat malpositions, such as over-, under- and cross-bites, but also dental spaces, open bites, crowding or general malposition of the teeth.

How Does an Invisalign Treatment Work?

A series of clear aligners are custom-made for each patient from models of the person’s malocclusion (the misaligned teeth) to fit their smile. The aligners are changed at regular intervals, particularly, every 2-3 weeks since the teeth will be moving gradually into their ideal position. The teeth will typically move up to 0.25 mm, and each tray of clear aligners is manufactured slightly straighter than the previous one until the desired outcome is achieved.

With so many options available for teeth alignment here are a few reasons why an Invisalign treatment might be the best option for you!

1) Practically Invisible and Aesthetically Appealing

Everyone has the right to a beautiful smile. However, once we reach adulthood, many of us become more self-conscious, and the thought of walking around with braces for years becomes a little too much to handle. As Invisalign aligners are made from clear plastic, no one can tell whether you’re wearing them unless they look at your teeth carefully. Its translucent design is the perfect way to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted while disguising the whole process!

2) No Discomfort and Less Irritation

Traditional braces, which were widely used in orthodontics a few years ago, require the use of wire and metal ties which must be regularly tightened by the dentist. This inevitably puts pressure on the teeth, which often causes discomfort. With Invisalign, less pressure is exerted since they have no wires or other metallic components that can irritate or ulcerate the tissues of the mouth. Likewise, it does not cause allergic reactions due to its polycarbonate (i.e. plastic) constitution. Besides, they are removable and are specifically designed to match the dentition of each patient so that they quickly adapt to it and barely experience any pain. 

3) More Convenient and Easier to Maintain

Invisalign aligners should essentially be worn between 20 to 22 hours each day. They can only be temporarily removed when you eat and during your oral hygiene routine. Since there are no fixed wires or devices to deal with when brushing your teeth and flossing, it becomes easier to maintain proper hygiene. Hence, there is a reduced risk of tartar build-up, cavity formation and gum problems as well.

That being said, most visits during treatment are brief and require only a quick check every 6-10 weeks. Additionally, if there is any discomfort or breakage, a replacement for the broken tray can be made, or your dentist might be able to repair it if you’re in the early days of wearing a set of trays.

4) No Dietary Restrictions

Traditional braces are sensitive to damage. If you have metal braces, you’ll have to avoid certain foods for as long as you have them. These include hard and sticky foods that may damage the bands, wires or cause a bracket to separate from a tooth. With Invisalign treatment, you won’t have to face such limitations since you can simply remove the aligners when taking meals and your favourite snacks!

5) Virtual Simulations 

Using advanced 3D computer-imaging technologies, you can see the final result of your teeth before the treatment even starts! The virtual simulations allow patients to view the initial position of their teeth until the desired placement so that candidates know what to expect from it and make the best decision. 

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The duration of treatment varies considerably from case to case. In general, the duration of treatment always depends on the degree of malposition, but also on the type of malposition. It is therefore not possible to say in a general way which dental malposition can be treated more quickly than another.

To benefit from the Invisalign method, you will have to start by visiting a dentist specialising in Invisalign treatments. If you have any questions about the Invisalign treatment, its benefits, or you would like to know whether you’re a good candidate for this modern orthodontic technique, book an appointment now with Rowley Family Dentistry! They offer a full range of comprehensive dental treatments, including Invisalign. No matter what your needs and goals for your smile are, they look forward to helping you achieve them in fulfilling and long-lasting ways!

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