Invisalign offers an alternative to traditional braces. It is a transparent, removable orthodontic device used to treat irregular spacing, misalignment, “bad bite,” and crooked or crowded teeth. Invisalign is often preferred by adults and teens as it is less obtrusive and more comfortable than traditional braces.
How it works
Invisalign works as a series of plastic aligners made to fit the patient’s teeth. These gradually move and align the teeth to the desired position. With a thickness of one millimeter or less, these aligners are easy to wear and aesthetically pleasing.
When a patient decides to use Invisalign, the dentist will first take a picture and create a mold of the misaligned teeth. A three-dimensional projection of the teeth will show how the teeth will move on a gradual basis, and a series of aligners will be made to support this movement. Regular appointments will be made every four to six weeks to progress to the next aligner.
Patients should wear the device a minimum of 20 hours every day. In general, 20 to 30 sets of aligners are used to properly align the teeth.
Who can use it?
Invisalign can be an appealing option, but it is not recommended for all patients. Those with severe misalignment and other dental problems are advised to opt for traditional orthodontic procedures as Invisalign can be less effective.
Invisalign is recommended for people with a complete set of permanent teeth and the maturity to closely follow instructions and comply with the treatment. The aligners are removable, so strict compliance is required to ensure proper progression.
Strict oral care is advised when using Invisalign. Since the device is transparent, it is advised to avoid soda and other colored drinks as they may stain. Invisalign can be removed when eating and drinking to accommodate this.
Invisalign is often preferred for comfort and aesthetic reasons, and it can be a good option for the right candidates.