If you have moderate orthodontic problems but don’t want to wear braces, Invisalign clear aligners may be the perfect alternative for you. These orthodontic devices are removable, nearly invisible and provide quick teeth straightening for a perfect smile.
What Are Invisalign Clear Aligners?
Invisalign clear aligners are orthodontic devices made from medical-grade plastic used to straighten teeth. The transparent trays are custom-fitted to snugly go over your teeth and gradually move them into their proper position. Clear aligners were designed to be a more convenient, more comfortable and less visible alternative to braces.
While they are a great solution for many people, clear aligners are not for everyone. It is important to discuss the pros and cons of using Invisalign with your orthodontist before making decisions about the best treatment plan for you or your child.
How Do Invisalign Clear Aligners Work?
Invisalign clear aligners work similarly to braces — by exerting continuous pressure on teeth to move them into the optimal position. Braces do this with the help of archwires and elastics that an orthodontist adjusts during follow-up appointments throughout the treatment.
Clear aligners, on the other hand, are molded slightly differently from your teeth to guide them gradually into a new position. Patients receive sets of clear aligner trays to be worn for one to two weeks each to move teeth incrementally. The trays must be worn for a minimum of 20 hours daily to be effective. The exact duration of your treatment varies, but most Invisalign treatments last two years or less.
What Are the Advantages of Clear Aligners?
Invisalign clear aligners can be a fantastic alternative to braces for a few reasons. First, they’re removable, which means that you don’t have to restrict certain foods and drinks as you would with braces. This also makes flossing and brushing your teeth much easier than with fixed braces.
Second, clear aligners are less visible than braces, which can be particularly important for patients who are concerned about their appearance. They are discreet and do not interrupt your life.
Third, clear aligners are comfortable compared to braces because they’re thin, smooth and gradually exert a small amount of pressure on teeth.
And lastly, clear aligners can provide quicker results than traditional orthodontic approaches — some patients achieve their desired results in less than six months!
What Are the Disadvantages of Clear Aligners?
Invisalign may seem like the perfect alternative to braces, but clear aligners are not the right fit for every patient.
First, clear aligners may be most suitable for mild to moderate orthodontic conditions. They may not be appropriate for certain complex cases.
Additionally, for clear aligners to be effective, patients must be diligent about wearing them up to 22 hours a day and brushing and flossing after each meal. This level of discipline can be difficult for some patients, especially young patients.
Clear aligners can stain without proper care. This makes it critical to clean them regularly and maintain good oral hygiene while using them, a routine that some patients may struggle to maintain.
Why Choose Invisalign® Clear Aligners?
Invisalign is the most recognized and trusted brand of clear aligners on the market. The company has been around for over two decades.
In addition to offering its original, tried-and-tested thermoplastic aligners, Invisalign is leading the way with new technologies that are making the treatment of more complex cases possible. The brand also offers discount rates to orthodontists, which means lower costs for patients as well.
Are Invisalign Clear Aligners Right for Me?
Invisalign clear aligners can be an excellent solution for both adults and teens. Whether this is the right approach for you depends on the nature of your orthodontic problem, your ability to follow treatment guidelines diligently and your budget.
A consultation is the first step. When you visit our Latham orthodontic office, our team will ensure Invisalign aligners are the right fit for you, answer your questions and let you know what to expect from your treatment.
If you are interested in getting clear aligners to protect your oral health or improve your smile, we welcome you to contact Lozman Orthodontics for a free consultation. Our orthodontists will happily discuss the ins and outs of this treatment and determine whether you’re an ideal candidate.