You may have heard of Invisalign and seen its slogan stating that it is the “clear alternative to braces.” But what is Invisalign? How does it work? What makes it different from traditional braces?
Invisalign is a truly unique treatment option for orthodontic issues such as misaligned teeth or improper bite patterns. For ideal candidates it can correct orthodontic issues in a comparable amount of time and cost as traditional braces. It’s main advantage is the fact that it works without metal brackets and is virtually invisible.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign consists of a series of clear plastic aligners that fit over the teeth. These aligners gently straighten teeth and shift them to the proper positions. The clear aligners are removable like retainers for eating and brushing your teeth. You wear each aligner for the recommended amount of time (usually about 2 weeks) before switching to the next. Your progress is monitored periodically by your dentist or orthodontist to ensure that your teeth are moving as they should be.
The Many Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign was created as an alternative to traditional braces. It has essentially eliminated all of the unpleasant aspects of metal braces. The many benefits include:
- Virtually invisible. The clear aligners are almost completely unnoticeable by others. They fit snugly to your teeth and do not affect your speech. For many patients this is preferable to the look of metal braces.
- Removable. The aligners are removable for eating and brushing your teeth. There’s no list of foods you can’t eat like there is with traditional braces. You don’t have to change your brushing habits or thread floss under the archwire of your braces between every tooth.
- Comfortable. The aligners are made of smooth plastic that won’t irritate the inside of your lips and cheeks. They move your teeth more gently and with less pain than traditional braces.
- Convenient. An appointment every 6-8 weeks throughout the duration of your treatment is usually sufficient. It doesn’t require an orthodontist because the computer software does the majority of the work, eliminating the need for a specialist.