Most people have heard of invisible braces or invisible aligners for teeth. They are a series of custom made trays that go over your teeth. They fit very tightly, as to apply pressure on your teeth to move in a certain way that allows orthodontists to straighten your teeth.
Invisalign is the originator of this newer orthodontic treatment technology. They are also the largest provider for this type of treatment. However, there are other brands as well. They include ClearCorrect and Inman Aligner, among others.
How they compare to braces?
While braces are a time tested and proven method for straightening teeth, they have some drawbacks. For one thing, they are not very aesthetically pleasing for most. They are also known for being more uncomfortable to wear. Patients who have done both will also remark that Invisalign caused them less discomfort or pain. Finally, braces make it much harder to clean your teeth well.
Invisible aligners for teeth are discreet, unlike braces. Most people will have no idea you are wearing them. That is one of the most common reasons people will choose to go with invisible aligners.
Am I a candidate for invisible aligners for teeth?
There is some debate about who is “eligible” for invisible aligners for teeth. Some orthodontists will say that anyone can get invisible aligners. However, there is a reason for the debate. Depending on the type of problem you have with your teeth, braces might simply be the best option. Your orthodontist or dentist will be able to let you know what he recommends.
As a general rule, invisible braces are best to use for treating milder cases. Patients with more complex issues might be better off seeking a different form of orthodontic treatment. Invisalign is a fantastic choice for most individuals. However, there is an exception to the rule:
- Patients who smoke and are unwilling to stop during treatment are not good candidates. Smoking discolors the aligners, making them apparent on your teeth.
- Patients who are not interested in wearing the aligners for a minimum of 22 hours each day throughout treatment are unsuitable for Invisible aligners.
- Invisible aligners for teeth are best for teenagers or adults. Younger children are not compliant enough for this sort of treatment.
How do invisible braces work?
In the case of Invisalign, they use computer generated images based on the impression they receive from your orthodontist. From that, a treatment plan is made. Each week you will change to a new set of trays you will wear for the next week. These trays will be slightly different from the last ones. Each tray is moving your teeth ever so slightly.
How long is treatment with invisible aligners for teeth?
Each patient will have a different treatment plan. There are multiple factors that will play a role. It will depend on your case. How severe is it? More severe cases will require longer treatment. Your orthodontist or dentist will be able to give you an estimate for how long they think you will need treatment for.
Compliance with treatment is another factor in how long your treatment will last. It is important that you wear your trays whenever you are not eating or cleaning your teeth. Patients who are not compliant could have longer treatment times, or may fail to see correction at all.
Lastly, your age is a factor in your treatment time. Younger people have faster treatment times.
Straight teeth promote better oral health
You might think that having straight teeth is all about the appearance, but it’s not. straight teeth are easier to clean and maintain as well. Crooked teeth are more likely to trap food particles. These trapped particles of food are what the bacteria in your mouth feed on. Bacteria excrete acids that destroy your enamel.
When your teeth are straight, brushing and flossing are easier and more effective.