The makers of a popular product you’ve probably heard of before were very gracious when naming it “Invisalign.” The name suggests that it’s an invisible way to align something, and as you probably know that something is your teeth. While this is true, today we’ll dive in a little deeper to the methodology.
Like braces, Invisalign straightens your smile. But unlike braces, Invisalign doesn’t employ metal hardware. Which, by the way, is one reason adults in particular love it; it’s a much more discreet way to reposition your chops.
Invisalign works by slowly changing the position of your teeth, progressively applying more pressure until you’ve reached the desired outcome. A clear, plastic tray is created for each patient, completely customized of course, based on x-rays and impressions. This tray is replaced every 2 weeks or so for one that fits a bit snugger to gradually move the teeth.
Simple enough, right?
What it Means for You
As with most orthodontic pieces, the success of Invisalign is contingent on patient compliance. In other words, its success is entirely up to you. Users are instructed to wear the product 20-22 hours a day for a typical duration of 1 year.
Before you start wondering if a year is too long, know that Invisalign is detachable. This means that you would have no dietary restrictions. Furthermore, since it is removable hygiene is simple. Simply take it out to brush and eat.
You’ll also be happy to hear that the device is considered very comfortable. Its smooth plastic won’t irritate the inside of your mouth. (Note that the plastic is BPA free!) So no one will hear you complain about tender cheeks like so many with braces do.
The Orthodontists’ Role
I know I said earlier that Invisalign’s success is up to you, but that isn’t entirely true. There’s another player involved: the orthodontist. And the orthodontist you work with will be specially trained to work distribute, monitor, and adjust Invisalign.
In fact, you won’t even be able to use Invisalign without consulting said orthodontist. He or she will need to assess the degree of the problem to decide if you are a good candidate. Because while Invisalign is effective with minor problems, such as crowded teeth, gaps, and overbites, most will tell you it is not intended for more severe cases.
The best, most experienced orthodontists will know how to fully capitalize on Invisalign. Some will bring in additional attachments while others will suggest traditional braces to finish the job. These orthodontists’ patients benefit from their expertise and have incredible results.
By Jessica Christensen
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