What is Invisalign? Breaking Things Down
For those who want to correct dental-related issues but don’t want to subject themselves to traditional braces, Invisalign is often seen as a viable alternative. That’s not to say that braces haven’t come a long way in terms of performance and comfort over the last decade or so, because they absolutely have. It’s just that, as the name suggests, Invisalign is a nearly invisible way to improve your smile in the most minimally invasive way possible.
At its core, Invisalign works thanks to a series of clear aligner trays that are fitted to the precise shape of your teeth. Every few weeks, you swap the trays out for a new set that has been specifically adjusted – thus allowing your teeth to gently move in small increments over the course of your treatment.
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign trays can be removed – meaning that you don’t have to change your diet in any way and avoid chewy or hard foods like you otherwise would. Likewise, because Invisalign trays are carefully sculpted to your particular teeth, many people find them much more comfortable to wear than metal and wire braces ever were.
What Type of Technology is Used in Invisalign?
After a careful examination, exact measurements will be taken of your (or your loved one’s) teeth. The level of 3D printing used during this process not only takes an exceptionally clear image of the teeth as they exist today… but is also able to finely project the desired smile that someone will be able to enjoy in the future, too. So not only will you be able to see the trays themselves immediately, but your orthodontist will also be able to show you what your smile is going to look like – all thanks to the wonders of modern technology.
What Are the Major Benefits of Invisalign?
As stated, many people see Invisalign as a worthy alternative to traditional metal and wire braces for a number of different reasons. Maybe the biggest of them is their inherent flexibility. Braces are always in your mouth (and physically attached to your teeth) for the entire duration of your treatment. While you should wear your Invisalign trays as often as possible, they CAN be removed during special occasions – so if you want to have that big celebratory meal for your birthday without worrying about what you can and cannot eat, there’s nothing to stop you.
Likewise, Invisalign typically requires A) fewer visits to the orthodontic office, and B) less time for each appointment. Just as would be true with braces, you’ll still have to make regular appointments so that your orthodontist can check on your progress and make sure that everything is proceeding along as it should be. But this requires far, far less time than braces – and any adjustments are easier to make, too.
Finally, it’s easier to maintain your highest level of dental hygiene with Invisalign. You don’t have to worry about food getting stuck in between or even behind your trays, and the trays themselves are easy to clean – just pop them out of your mouth and brush them when you do your teeth! It doesn’t have to be any more complicated than that.