Having misaligned or overcrowded teeth not only dampers your smile, but they can affect your dental health. Dental overcrowding makes it hard for you to brush and remove food particles properly. Fixing your misaligned teeth is, therefore, more than a cosmetic procedure.
Fortunately, there are several dental solutions that you can use to help you align your teeth in the proper position. At North Highlands Dental Care, we offer Invisalign which is an invisible and convenient way to correct the alignment. In this post, we have six facts on Invisalign as an effective orthodontic treatment.
A glance at the two orthodontic appliances and you will notice the difference in appearance. But, that is the only difference because when it comes to function, the Invisalign and metal braces function similarly.
Metal braces have long been used because of their effectiveness in correcting the aligned teeth perfectly. However, these traditional metal aligners come with wires that are fixed on the surface of the tooth. Not only are they visible, but the metal wires can bruise the cheeks.
Invisalign is molded from clear plastic and is customized to fit your dental structure. The braces are invisible and convenient because you don’t require may dental visits. After the assessment, the dentist will make an impression of your dentine and send it to the lab. You will receive a set of aligners that you can wear at a 14-day interval. This means you only need to visit the dentist every six to eight weeks for an assessment of the progress of the treatment.
With the metal braces, however, you need to visit the dentist regularly for adjustment of the wires, which can only be done at the dental clinic. Metal or traditional braces are made of wire brackets that are placed on the teeth and are visible. Invisible braces are made of durable and clear plastic, which makes them unnoticeable.
Invisalign braces are to be worn for 22 hours daily for the teeth to move correctly into position. You will, however, need to remove them when eating and drinking.
Some patients have reported positive results as early as six months. However, the average orthodontic treatment lasts between 18 and 24 months. The traditional braces last longer, but probably because the wires alter the position of the roots too.
The clear braces are suitable for teenagers and adults. Some people have indicated that Invisalign can be worn by children, but no. Unless all the permanent teeth have set in, the traditional braces are the best option. Plus, you need to have stellar dental hygiene to maintain the invisible braces, which can be challenging for children.
Invisalign can correct a range of problems such as underbites, crossbites, gapped, twisted, and misaligned teeth. However, if you have severe malocclusion, the dentist may recommend other orthodontic treatments.
Unlike the metal braces, Invisalign braces are less restrictive when it comes to diet. However, you still need to have proper dental practices to keep the bacteria off.
When you wear the braces for the first time, you will experience discomfort. But, the pressure clears after some time, so there is no need for pain relievers.
Also, after the treatment is complete, the dentist will give you a retainer to maintain the new position.
Misaligned teeth are unsightly, but you can get straight teeth with the right treatment. Visit Olivia M. Rodrigues DDS clinic if you have any questions about Invisalign or any of our other dental services.