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What Is Invisalign And Is It Better Than Braces?

A beautiful smile is the best start to any conversation. Research by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry proves we intuitively realize that a sincere smile is a basis for building relationships with people. As many as 99.7% of the respondents recognized that it is an element necessary to establish and maintain positive relations. Newly met people feel more emboldened and easier to talk to thanks to our dazzling smile. 

Knowing the impact our smile has on others and our own mood, it might be worth taking advantage of the extensive expertise modern dentistry has to offer. One of such options is Invisalign, a simple yet effective way at straightening minor imperfections of your smile. What is Invisalign and how does it compare to traditional braces?

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign are patented clear aligners developed for individuals with minor needs for orthodontic treatment. The clear braces are custom-made for each patient in order to mildly pull your teeth into the desired position. The entire process takes time and a series of Invisalign clear covers, but what it does not include are metal brackets and wires, which become an annoyance and take away from your smile. Invisalign offer a comfortable and discreet wear while you are undergoing treatment, and while we recommend keeping them on for at least 20 hours a day or more, the aligners are easily removable, making the maintenance a breeze. 

What Is Invisalign Made From?

Invisalign clear braces are a modern teeth straightening system for both adults and qualifying teenagers. The set includes transparent sligners made of a special, heat-shrinkable BPA-free plastic, making them much more convenient than traditional braces. Because of the material, Invisalign are clear,  which is why they are a discreet options for those that would like to keep their dental affairs for themselves. The unsuspecting eyes will never know. If you are exploring options to improve your smile, Invisalign clear braces might just be the right answer. 

Who Is The Right Candidate for Invisalign Clear Braces?

Invisalign clear braces will be a wonderful choice for everyone who values discretion. The transparency and thinness of the material mean that the orthodontic treatment remains your and only your secret. 

Invisalign was introduced as an aid in restoring the correct alignment of teeth in qualifying adults and adolescents. The aligners come in several types, depending on your age and planned treatment. Invisalign Full is a complete version of the system, enabling the treatment of most orthodontic problems. The Lite model is designed specifically for minor changes, such as distema and tooth crowding. Especially with teenagers in mind, Invisalign Teen was created, which, apart from the benefits of the adult edition, includes several other amenities, including:

  • Blue compliance indicators informing dentists and patients about the wear time,
  • Elements that adapt to the erupting permanent teeth,
  • Replaceable aligners in case of loss or damage. 

There are multiple indications for wearing Invisalign teeth aligners, ranging from slight deviations from the norm to serious malocclusions:

  • Gaps 
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Open bite
  • Crossbite
  • Overcrowded teeth

The final choice of orthodontic treatment method is made after considering all the pros and cons together with your dentist. However, recent changes to Invisalign system make it possible to be used in most cases qualifying for orthodontic therapy. 

Invisalign or Traditional Braces?

The most important feature that distinguishes traditional wire braces from Invisalign clear aligners is comfort and mobility. Traditional systems are fixed on the teeth with special cements permanently and it is not possible to remove the equipment until the end of treatment. This can cause some discomfort in the mouth or the apppearance of inflammation on the tangential mucosa. Patients usually have to sacrifice many foods for the sake of the treatment, which could potentially damage the braces, such as hard candy or nuts. Other food items could cause faster development of tooth decay due to the difficulty in maintaining oral hygiene. Failure to comply with the recommendations may result in decalcification of the enamel, inflammation of the gums, as well as tooth decay. 

With Invisalign clear braces you no longer have to worry about denying yourself certain textures or neglecting your oral hygiene. Invisalign clear braces provide enormous convenience for its users, allowing patients to remove the appliance from their mouth and enjoy the meal, whatever it may be. The same applies for oral hygiene. After removing the aligners, brushing or flossing your teeth is no different from standard care treatments. 

It is important to note that the aesthetic Invisalign aligners will only be effective is used regularly. The manufacturer recommends that they remain on your teeth for at least 22 hours a day, with breaks only for meals and daily hygiene. Your dentist will most likely recommend similar scenario. If you or your teen has issues committing to the treatment and complying as directed, a traditional brace might be a better choice for your oral health and wallet. 

The Course of The Treatment With Invisalign

During the initial visit, we will carry out a personalized discussion of the patient’s problem and select the best treatment method. After choosing the Invisalign system, we will take an X-ray of your teeth, diagnostic impressions of your teeth, and other necessary tests to recommend the best course of action. Your Invisalign clear braces will be custom-made, and upon receiving the set, you will be instructed to replace the aligners every 1-2 weeks. Let the teeth straightening process begin!

As noted earlier, it is imperative that patients stick to the 20-22 hours of wearing the braces to ensure the full therapetic success.

How Long Does The Entire Treatment Last?

The total duration of treatment is individual for each patient and is determined by your dentist. It is important that your dentist is Invisalign certified to ensure that you get the most out of the treatment with a trained professional. We highly encourage you to step into our DC Dental clinic, where our first and foremost approach is to offer our patients full professionalism and excellent service.