Invisible braces have been described as revolutionary straightening aids that correct teeth and bites using plastic trays.
How is Invisalign different from other orthodontic devices?
An obvious difference is the appearance of the device, which replaces regular metal used for conventional straightening devices with plastic aligner trays.
The clear plastic that covers your teeth is practically invisible, which is beneficial if you do not want others to know that you wear braces.
Apart from that, the trays are removable, which means that your lifestyle will not change as a result of wearing braces. You can follow the same teeth-cleaning techniques that you did before becoming an Invisalign user, and eat what you like without damaging your braces.
3D digital imaging is also incorporated into your treatment, used to track your progress and to ensure that your teeth are moving incrementally into their final, desired position.
How long will I have to wear the device for?
The results may vary between patients, but the average period is approximately from 9 to 12 months.
Can I remove the device whenever I want to?
One potential disadvantage, (depending on your self-discipline), of wearing these aligner trays is that you can easily take them out, so if you are forgetful this may be problematic.
The rule of thumb is that you should wear your device uninterrupted for 22 out of 24 hours for maximum effect, taking it out only to brush your teeth, eat, or to play contact sports.
How will Invisalign trays straighten my teeth?
The method of straightening teeth using Invisalign differs from conventional straightening methods.
With regular braces, wiring systems are used to exert pressure on all your teeth at once.
With invisible braces, every two weeks or so, you will receive an aligner tray that is differently shaped from the last. The purpose of this is to move a couple of teeth into their new positions at a time.
Can anyone become an Invisalign user?
While Invisalign or invisible braces can be extremely effective, they are better suited to treating mild to moderate malocclusions and misalignments, so if yours is a complicated or unique dental issue, you might have to find an alternative device.
Is Invisalign designed for children?
Given that Invisalign can correct dental imperfections, it can be used by adults and children alike.
In today’s world, no matter what your age, it is never too late for braces.
How often should I see my orthodontist?
The number of times one should see their orthodontist varies between practices, but once every six weeks seems to be the average.
These appointments are quick check-ups that determine whether your treatment is on course.
What do I do if I lose my retainer?
Retainers can be replaced, but remember that because they need to be remade, you will need to pay for the expense. If you are absent-minded, it is an idea to store your retainer in a suitable container when you are not using it, to avoid misplacing or contaminating it.