It’s no secret that everyone wants a beautiful smile and healthy-looking teeth. But sometimes, due to our life experiences, genetics, or an unexpected injury, we end up with teeth that aren’t properly aligned. Before the invention of Invisalign®, it was quite the task for dentists, and their patients, to re-align the teeth into their desired position. However, Invisalign now makes teeth realignment a relatively effortless process.
What is Invisalign?
Simply put, Invisalign is a technique that uses 3D images to scan your mouth and create a digital map of your teeth. Next, a series of clear aligners are custom-designed to apply the right amount of pressure in the right areas. This will move your teeth gradually into their desired position.
Each aligner is typically worn for a period of two weeks before it is replaced by the next set in the series. The total treatment time for Invisalign is determined by your dentist and is largely based on your oral hygiene and treatment plan.
What are the Benefits of Using Invisalign?
One of the key benefits of Invisalign trays is that they are easily removable. Simply brush your teeth with toothpaste and warm water before reinstalling the Invisalign trays in your mouth. This makes dental hygiene easier compared to braces. Do keep in mind that the trays themselves must also be cleaned.
Another added benefit of Invisalign is that you’ll be spending less time at the dentists’ office since the trays only need to be maintained every six weeks. Braces and alternative teeth straightening procedures may require more time and appointments.
Invisalign vs. Braces?
Unlike braces, Invisalign uses clear aligners to realign your teeth. They are transparent, removable aligners that straighten your teeth but without the use of wires and brackets. By stark contrast, braces are made out of metal and are instantly recognizable. Due to the clear plastic material of Invisalign trays, they remain virtually undetectable.
Moreover, each aligner is specifically designed for an individual patient and every step of the teeth realignment process is closely monitored by your dentist.
Because of this, Invisalign tends to be more comfortable on your teeth since it applies less strain on your teeth overall. Braces, on the other hand, have sharp edges that may cut into the lip and tongue.
This also puts children, who are active in sports, at risk of injury in case there is incidental contact with the metal braces.
Who is the Right Candidate for Invisalign?
The best candidates for Invisalign are older teens and adults because their jaws have stopped growing. With that said, a skilled Invisalign provider can use Invisalign to treat misalignment of teeth for a majority of adolescents. You will have to first talk to your dentist to see if Invisalign is the right option for you.
It is worth mentioning that Invisalign may not be ideal for all patients. For example, if someone has cavities or gum disease, those problems will have to be sorted out before they can be considered a candidate for Invisalign treatment.
With that said, we encourage you to consider scheduling an appointment to see if you’re a good candidate. You can get in touch with us at Watermark Dentistry to schedule a consultation and evaluate the best option for your case. Please feel free to call us at (206) 242-5808 to learn more.