Not being able to smile properly can be socially and psychologically damaging. But most people still do not prefer getting treatment for uneven teeth because of the fear of braces.
Even though the end result is effective, braces may cause irritation and put restrictions on diet. Luckily, modern dentistry allows for an alternative solution in the form of Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alternative approach to straightening your teeth. It involves custom-made plastic trays being put over the teeth, just like a mouth guard.
They are transparent and can only be seen with close inspection. The aligners gradually align your teeth without been painful like braces and brackets.
However, invisalign cannot be used for severe problems and traditional braces maybe required.
How does it Work?
Every Invisalign piece is custom-made to fit your teeth perfectly. Computer modeling is used to generate a 3D model of your mouth, and then simulations are generated to know how invisalign aligners need to be made. Using modeling techniques, medical grade thermoplastic is then molded into aligners.
Unlike braces, Invisalign aligners can be taken off. They need to be worn for 22 hours a day. You need to take off your aligners when eating or cleaning your teeth. After every two weeks, you will need to visit your dentist for modifications. The treatment can take as little as 20 weeks.
Are they better than braces?
Invisalign provides three key benefits over its alternative:
- They are invisible – showing off braces can be emotionally stressful for some people. For them, Invisalign is a perfect alternative.
- They are less painful – although there is some pain at the start, they are far more comfortable than braces.
- They are removable – they can be removed for eating and other reasons that make them a whole lot convenient.
Invisalign provides a lot of freedom but there are certain considerations you need to take. Invisalign is more expensive than braces. If you consume a lot of coffee or tea, or smoke then your invisalign aligners might get stained, losing the effect of being invisible.
How to get started?
First, you will need to know whether Invisalign treatment is right for you. Although they are as effective as braces, in some extreme cases where severe re-spacing is required, braces may still be preferable.
If you are based in Bethesda, MD, you can have a free consultation by our professional dentist, who can guide you through the whole process. Visit Bethesda Dental Health or call (301) 654-1887 to book your appointment.