Considering getting Invisalign to correct your teeth? If so, it’s helpful to know some basic facts about how they work before your final decision.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a clear orthodontic aligner that straightens your teeth. This is an alternative to traditional braces, and many think it is a much better alternative.
Invisalign works by using a series of thin, plastic trays that fit over your teeth. Overtime, your teeth will shape to these retainers and will gradually get corrected.
Invisalign Requires Discipline
Invisalign trays are removable. You take them out to eat, brush and floss. In general, you should have them in your mouth for about 22 hours each day. This requires some discipline, as you have to follow the directions carefully to get the results you want.
Invisalign May Work Faster Than Braces
How long your treatment will last depends on a few factors, such as:
- Your age
- The severity of your condition
- The type of orthodontic treatment you choose
Treatment with clear aligners like Invisalign usually takes 6 to 18 months.
Each aligner tray moves teeth just a tiny amount. Generally, you will wear a set for two weeks before progressing to the next tray. Most people need 20 to 30 sets to complete their treatment.
Invisalign May Be More Comfortable than Braces
Traditional braces are metal, ceramic or plastic brackets that are glued to your teeth and connected by wires. At first, braces can cause some discomfort. They can also bother your lips or cheeks and limit what you can eat. You can avoid many of these issues by wearing clear aligners like Invisalign. They’re thin, smooth and can come out when you eat.
Invisalign May Not Be the Best Option for You
Clear aligners are most effective on milder problems, such as:
- Mild or moderate crowding
- Minor spacing problems (like too much space between teeth)
Invisalign can help reposition one tooth or a group of teeth. If you have a serious bite problem, Invisalign may not work well enough. Severe under-bites, overbites and cross-bites, or major spacing issues may need more advanced orthodontic treatment, like braces
Invisalign Is Less Noticeable than Braces
The metal brackets of braces can be quite noticeable, and not something you’d like to display as an adult. On the other hand, the clear trays Invisalign uses is hardly distinguishable from your actual teeth.
- Prices May Vary
The cost of orthodontic treatment varies from person to person. The price of Invisalign usually depends on:
- The severity of your bite problem
- The orthodontist you choose
- How well you follow your treatment plan
Keep in mind, if you don’t wear your aligners correctly, your treatment may need to last longer. Also, if you lose your aligners, your orthodontist will need to make new trays.
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