The tooth-straightening technology of Invisalign© continues to grow in popularity. As a result of it being relatively new, one of the most frequently asked questions is how does it get the job done?
Invisalign© is one type of clear-aligner orthodontic treatment. These aligners are basically plastic versions of the traditional wire braces. With such aligners, users are able to avoid the metallic taste and feel of wires and brackets that come with traditional braces. Additionally, the aligners can be easily removed, unlike traditional metal braces, making it easier to floss and brush. This translates to better general and oral health.
The workings of Invisalign©
Many people would love to have straighter teeth but are hesitant to get the treatment needed due to the poor aesthetics of traditional metal braces. Invisalign© aligners are almost invisible, and this makes them all the more attractive to those looking for discreet ways to straighten teeth.
During the treatment process, patients get a series of plastic trays that gradually move the teeth to the desired position. Each tray moves the teeth by about 0.25mm. Once the treatment starts, the trays are typically changed on a fortnightly basis.
What are the benefits of this method?
Besides being nearly invisible, another noteworthy feature of the treatment trays is the comfort that they offer. The force applied on each tooth is gradually built up since each tray is only worn for two weeks. It is replaced with another that pushes the person’s teeth a little closer to the desired position.
The aligners do not interfere with the users’ day-to-day activities, being tailored to fit firmly over teeth. This makes them ideal for both adults and teenagers who seek a discreet and painless orthodontic alignment solution.
The length of treatment varies from one person to another. There are a number of factors that may influence the speed and effectiveness of the treatment. One factor is the severity of the patient’s alignment issues. The more crooked teeth are, the longer the treatment will take.
The orthodontist, therefore, works with each patient to tailor a treatment plan that meets the specific needs. On average, a plan for an adult patient would run for roughly 12 months. If an adult patient has used braces during childhood and the teeth have shifted over the years, the alignment of their teeth might be restored by using Invisalign for as little as 10 weeks.
What orthodontic issues can Invisalign© correct?
There is a common assumption that Invisalign© works only for minor dental issues. This is simply not the case anymore. When the technique was first introduced as an orthodontic treatment, it had fewer applications. However, thanks to new innovations, it can now be used to treat pretty much every issue that metal braces can correct, from gaps and crowding to crooked teeth.
Want straighter teeth?
Orthodontic alignment does not have to be a source of ridicule and embarrassment anymore. With the advent of clear aligners, patients can have teeth straightened without having to deal with ugly metal wires in the mouth. Contact your orthodontist to develop an Invisalign© treatment plan for that orthodontic issue that has been bothering you.
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