Most people will admit that they hate the thought of wearing braces. Walking around with a mouth full of metal is not much fun. If you need to have your teeth straightened or aligned, Invisalign may be right for you.
Fortunately, there is an option where teeth alignment is concerned. Clear aligners can perform the required function without the unsightly metalwork. There is a good reason why clear aligners have become very popular in the last few years.
Invisalign is a thin and clear aligner that is used in teeth alignment treatment. The aligner is made from thermoplastic material known as SmartTrack. The flexible material is used to create products that make aligning treatment less conspicuous.
The aligners are not completely invisible but less noticeable than the wires and brackets used in traditional braces. The clear coverings are designed to fit snugly over the teeth.
Invisalign aligners are used for correcting several dental issues. Some of the issues include bite problems like overbite, underbite, and cross-bite. The aligners help reshape the arches. They can also solve issues of crowded teeth, gap teeth, and open bite. Research shows that Invisalign may work more effectively for certain dental issues than others.
The first step in the treatment process involves the creation of a 3D image of the mouth and jaw. The orthodontist will use the image to plan how to align the teeth into the proper position. Next, a series of customized aligners will be created.
The plastic aligners will be used to apply pressure, gradually moving the teeth into the desired position. The patient will switch from one set to a new one after a week or two. The duration will be determined by the orthodontist.
There are several benefits of using Invisalign. The aesthetic factor is the most common reason for choosing the aligners. They are less noticeable than traditional braces. The fact that they are removable makes them an attractive option.
They make brushing and flossing much easier. The aligners have fewer problems than traditional braces. You will not have to worry about broken wires or falling brackets sending you to the ER.
The downside of using clear aligners is that they are less effective for dealing with complex dental issues. The aligners require complete discipline or compliance to receive maximum benefits.
Failing to keep them on for the recommended 20 to 22 hours will render the treatment ineffective. Having to take them out any time you want to eat or drink can be an inconvenience. Some patients experience soreness after removing the aligners, which can limit food choices.
For Invisalign to work effectively, it is important to wear the aligners for the recommended hours each day. You should only remove the aligners when eating or drinking and when cleaning your teeth. Apart from brushing and flossing your teeth, you should also clean the aligners carefully. Do not use very hot water to clean them as it can cause the plastic to warp. The complexity of your dental issues will determine how well the Invisalign works.
To learn more about using Invisalign, visit Castro Valley Dentistry at our office in Castro Valley, California. You can also call (510) 674-0900 to schedule an appointment today.