Invisalign

Every year, millions of dollars are spent by patients on treating a malocclusion. This is because malocclusion is such a common oral issue among individuals of all ages. Treating it brings about a massive change in the aesthetics of the smile as well as the functionality of the mouth. To help you in this regard, dental technology has come up with a revolutionary solution to a malocclusion. It is called Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a mouthguard-like oral appliance that is used to get rid of the misalignment of teeth. It is made from transparent plastic material and stays under disguise when worn. The walls of the transparent aligner apply pressure on the teeth in a controlled manner, thereby helping to move them in the required direction. Over time, the teeth get into the required alignment, thereby giving you a beautiful smile.

How is Invisalign better than its alternatives?

  • Invisalign is absolutely metal-free. It doesn't have brackets or wires as in the case of metal braces.
  • The plastic used to fabricate the aligners is of dental grade. Meaning, it is biocompatible and doesn't cause any oral infections.
  • Though the walls of the aligners apply pressure on the teeth surfaces, they do not harm the soft gums.
  • Invisalign is especially helpful to teenagers. It keeps them away from a whole lot of embarrassment from their friends. Also, they can confidently wear Invisalign to school without being too conscious of the aligner being visible.
  • Invisalign is removable. When you have to eat, drink or brush your teeth, you can simply take them off and get on with your routine.
  • You need not stick to a particular diet while undergoing Invisalign treatment. In the case of braces, your dentist will advise you to keep a few foods away, such as hard or sticky eatables. But, there's no such restriction with Invisalign.

Invisalign usage

For Invisalign treatment to be as effective as possible, there are a few conditions that you should keep in mind. Though Invisalign is removable, it has to be worn for at least 22 hours every day. This ensures the aligners stay in contact with the teeth for the maximum duration during which they can move the teeth as required. They have to be worn even when you go to bed.

Since the Invisalign treatment is divided into various phases, a new set of aligners will be given by the dentist for each phase. Each phase usually lasts for 2 weeks. Every time you start using a new set of aligners, they may feel a little weird against your teeth. But, the feeling would wear off in a couple of days. Every time you put the aligners back on, make sure there is no food debris stuck in between the teeth as it could affect the treatment. Based on the type of malocclusion and its severity, your treatment period could range between a few months to a couple of years.


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