Invisalign is a revolutionary clear aligner orthodontic system that has been around for over 20 years. In that time, this aligner system has transformed the way we think of orthodontics, offering an aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional braces.
Read on in this blog from Wallingford Dental Care to find out more about how Invisalign works, what its advantages are, and who’s a good candidate.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that utilizes a set of removable clear aligners to gradually shift the teeth until they’re in the correct alignment. With digital mapping software, we can plan your entire treatment from start to finish.
We can produce interactive images of your teeth and digitally plan your tooth movements so you can see how we will shift your teeth and what they will look like by the end of treatment. You must wear your aligners for 22 hours a day and treatment times vary depending on the severity of your case. The average treatment length is 12-18 months.
The benefits Invisalign provides over traditional braces are plentiful. The removability of the aligners makes them more hygienic and allows you to eat a restriction-free diet. With traditional braces, the metal wires and brackets make it difficult to eat many foods and to thoroughly brush and floss the teeth.
This means you’re less likely to develop cavities and tooth staining from Invisalign. Because the aligners are clear, they are very discreet and can go unnoticed. Treatment is also often faster for Invisalign than traditional braces.
The actual aligners which are made of thermoplastic are much more comfortable than the brackets and wires that exert a harsh amount of force onto the teeth. There is also no need for as many orthodontic appointments for adjustments and checkups. You will return for checkups once about every 6 weeks.
Invisalign used to be thought of as an orthodontic treatment that was only suitable for very minor issues like small gaps and crooked teeth. That may have been true in the past but thanks to the advent of Invisalign Attachments, Invisalign can correct more severe malocclusions as well.
If you are an adult with orthodontic issues such as gaps, crooked teeth, bite problems, or overcrowding, then Invisalign is a great option for you. You need to have sufficiently healthy gums and need to comply with wearing your aligners for 22 hours a day.
This is why younger children and adolescents are not great candidates. Invisalign works best on teeth that need to be shifted horizontally and is most effective in treating mild to moderate orthodontic issues. While Invisalign can correct bite problems, it may not be as fast or efficient at correcting them as traditional braces.
If you’re still not sure if Invisalign is right for you, the best way to find out is to come in for a consultation, where we can assess the severity of your orthodontic case and make a recommendation. Contact us at Wallingford Dental Care today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Imahn Moin.