What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a popular brand of invisible braces that acts as an alternative to traditional metal braces. Instead of metal wires and brackets, Invisalign and other invisible braces systems use clear, plastic aligners that can be easily removed and replaced. This system has its own unique benefits and disadvantages. Patients considering Invisalign should speak with an experienced orthodontist to discuss whether an invisible braces system is appropriate for their dental treatment.
Benefits of Invisalign
As indicated by the name, the primary benefit of Invisalign is that the system is more discreet than other, more traditional forms of braces. This makes Invisalign a popular choice for those who may feel uncomfortable with the idea of getting braces. When eligible, Invisalign is a popular treatment for adults and young adults, as these demographics may be more concerned with appearances and the potential social impact of braces.
Invisalign and other invisible braces systems are removable, which provides another significant benefit for patients. With traditional braces, patients are required to spend more time with cleaning and maintenance. This is because food often becomes lodged in braces, and they must be consistently and thoroughly cleaned to avoid plaque buildup and other dental hazards. With Invisalign, patients just remove the aligners when eating, brushing, and flossing.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign uses a series of custom-molded plastic aligners that are similar in size and shape to sports mouth guards. The aligners are molded to fit snugly around the teeth. They are designed to slowly shift the teeth into the desired positions. It should be noted that aligners must typically be worn at least 20 to 22 hours each day, so these activities should be the only times the aligners are removed. The speed and effectiveness of the system depends heavily on the cooperation and diligence of patients in wearing their aligners.
Use of Aligners
After roughly two weeks, the current aligner is discarded when the desired shift is accomplished. Then, a new aligner is used for roughly another two weeks to facilitate the shift and continue shifting teeth to the desired position. This process continues until treatment is complete. The process may take anywhere from four to 18 months, depending on the severity of the patient’s dental issues and desired results.
Before pursuing Invisalign treatment, patients should consider whether or not Invisalign is the appropriate type of teeth straightening system for their dental issues. Invisalign is not recommended for patients with severe issues, such as serious bite issues or severely rotated teeth. Patients should seek an orthodontist consultation to have their teeth evaluated and determine if Invisalign is a good fit.
Want more info on Invisalign? Contact Dr. Gittess @ 407-699-1200
Winter Springs, FL
Randy Gittess graduated from Medical College of Virginia in Richmond to become a Doctor of Dental Sergury and later discovered his passion for orthodontics and went on to specialize in Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia where he received his certificate in orthodontics. Dr. Gittess is also Certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a special distinction among orthodontists.