If you're looking into clear custom orthodontic aligners for orthodontic treatment, Invisalign may be for you. The aligners are difficult to detect when worn since they are made out of transparent plastic material.
These custom aligners are designed to straighten teeth without using wires or brackets, which come with traditional metal braces.
Your dentist will create a personalized treatment plan to map out your orthodontic treatment schedule with Invisalign. You'll wear each set of aligners for about two weeks during your treatment, then switch to the next set in your series. The process will continue until you complete your treatment.
Invisalign vs. Braces
Invisalign clear aligners have several benefits that make them appealing to those who want to straighten their smile without the look of traditional braces.
Invisalign for Different Stages
Invisalign offers orthodontic aligners specially designed for adults, teens, and even young children.
Invisalign used to be thought of as unsuitable for children because their smiles are changing drastically. But with recent developments, Invisalign, Invisalign for Teens, and Invisalign First for children are designed to address the unique needs of each stage in dental development.
If you are concerned about the aesthetics of traditional metal braces, you'll appreciate the fact that Invisalign's aligners are made from a thin, clear plastic that can hardly be seen when worn. Often, people won't notice that you're wearing them.
There's no need to give up enjoying any of your favourite foods when you straighten your teeth with Invisalign. Invisalign aligners are removable. All you do is remove your aligners and store them in their handy container while you eat. When you're finished eating, simply brush and floss your teeth, rinse your aligners, and return them to your mouth. Now you won't have to miss out on the popcorn when you're enjoying date night at the movies.
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners don't require adjustments. That means you will only need to visit the orthodontist for checkups and progress reviews throughout your orthodontic treatment.
Things to Consider
While Invisalign can an appealing orthodontic treatment option to many people, it is important to understand that it is not suitable for all cases. Those with severe misalignments or cases of jaw misalignment would likely benefit from a different treatment option.
You should also consider that while it is convenient to be able to remove your aligners whenever you want, the more time spent without your trays in your mouth, the longer your treatment will take. It is important not to abuse the privilege! Your aligners must be in your mouth for 20-22 hours per day to be effective.