If you are currently looking at options for braces, you may have heard of Invisalign.
Invisalign is a brand of clear aligners used for orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth. It is an alternative to traditional braces and offers a more discreet and flexible approach to teeth alignment. Invisalign aligners are made of a clear, smooth, and BPA-free plastic material, making them nearly invisible when worn.
How Invisalign Works
Your orthodontist or dentist will create a customised treatment plan based on digital scans, X-rays, and impressions of your teeth. This plan outlines the gradual movements of your teeth from their current position to the desired final alignment.
A series of custom-made, clear plastic aligners are then produced based on your treatment plan. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks, gradually moving your teeth into the desired position.
Each set of aligners are worn for at least 20-22 hours per day, removing them only for eating, drinking (except water), brushing, and flossing. The aligners are designed to be comfortable and are virtually invisible when worn.
Once you have gone through all the sets of aligners and your teeth have reached their desired alignment, your orthodontist may recommend the use of retainers to help maintain the new position of your teeth.
It’s important to note that Invisalign may not be suitable for everyone, as the effectiveness depends on the individual orthodontic issues. Your orthodontist or dentist can assess your specific case and determine whether Invisalign is a suitable option for you.
Getting Invisalign can have a transformative impact on your life, both in terms of your oral health and your overall well-being.
How Invisalign Can Improve Your Quality of Life
Improved Oral Health
Invisalign helps align your teeth, improving your overall dental health. Straight teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of gum disease and cavities. They can also help correct issues with your bite and alleviate problems like jaw pain and headaches.
One of the most noticeable changes is the improvement in the appearance of your smile. Straighter teeth can boost your confidence and self-esteem.
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are removable. This means you can take them out for eating, brushing, and special occasions. Beneficially, you can continue to enjoy your favorite foods without worrying about damaging brackets or wires.
Invisalign aligners are custom-made and smooth, reducing irritation and discomfort often associated with traditional braces.The absence of metal brackets and wires eliminates the risk of mouth sores and injuries.
Easier Oral Care
Aligners can be easily removed for regular oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing. In addition, teeth that are correctly aligned are easier to clean, leading to healthier gums and a reduced risk of periodontal issues.
No Lifestyle Impact
Invisalign can fit seamlessly into your lifestyle without major disruptions. You can continue participating in sports or playing musical instruments as an example without concern.
Long Term Benefits
There are a few long term benefits of Invisalign treatment, including:
- Properly aligned teeth contribute to improved oral function, including biting, chewing, and speaking.
- A more attractive smile can positively impact mental health, fostering a sense of happiness and well-being.
- Addressing alignment issues early can prevent more severe dental problems in the future.
- The results of Invisalign treatment can last a lifetime with proper post-treatment care.
How Invisalign Can Enhance Your Overall Well-being
Invisalign can transform your smile in several ways, offering a more discreet and flexible orthodontic solution compared to traditional braces.
Here are some ways in which Invisalign can contribute to a transformed smile.
- Invisalign effectively addresses various degrees of teeth misalignment, including overcrowding, gaps, and crooked teeth.
- As your teeth gradually move into their correct positions, you’ll notice a positive change in the appearance of your smile. This improvement can boost your confidence and self-esteem.
- Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing you to easily maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing without the hindrance of brackets and wires.
- Since Invisalign aligners are removable, you can continue to enjoy all types of food without worrying about restrictions. Traditional braces often come with dietary limitations to prevent damage to the hardware.
By addressing misalignment, Invisalign can be a preventive measure against potential dental issues, such as gum disease and cavities, which may arise due to difficulties in cleaning misaligned teeth.
It’s important to note that the effectiveness of Invisalign depends on the complexity of your orthodontic issues, and not everyone is a candidate for this treatment. Consultation with an orthodontist or dentist is essential to determine the most suitable orthodontic solution for your specific needs.
If you need braces and would like to discuss the various options available to you, contact the friendly team at Crestmead Dental. We’d love to see if our Invisalign treatments are suitable for you.