Many people who consider improving the appearance of their smile through orthodontic treatment finally decide not to do so because of the braces’ unsightly appearance in their mouths. Thanks to Invisalign invisible orthodontics, this problem is now a thing of the past. This treatment, which is based on the use of a series of transparent aligners that move the teeth until they reach their ideal position, has the main advantage that it goes practically unnoticed. In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about this magical piece of technology!
But First, What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a type of orthodontics based on a system of “invisible” aligners that allow the correction of both the bite – occlusion – and the teeth’ alignment. In this method, transparent removable splints are used, which are renewed every two weeks. In this way, each aligner is different from the previous one and allows for new movements.
With these movements, the final result planned by the orthodontist is gradually achieved.
How is Invisalign placed and removed?
Any orthodontic treatment requires a period of adaptation by the patient. Although this stage is exceptionally short with Invisalign, there is something the patient has to become familiar with: putting on and taking off the braces himself.
If it is removable, how long should the device be worn?
When a patient chooses Invisalign, they must be aware of the time they will be wearing it. For the treatment to be effective and achieve the planned results, the person must wear the aligners 22 hours a day. That means that they should always be worn – which includes sleeping with them – and that they can only be removed for eating and brushing.
Can I eat and drink with Invisalign?
Unlike braces, wearing Invisalign does not restrict you from eating or drinking. As far as eating is concerned, Invisalign should always be removed before eating. Therefore, the patient can eat anything.
In the case of drinking, it is ideal for drinking only water with Invisalign on. However, at this point, it should be noted that if, for example, we drink coffee often, it will be preferable not to remove the splints. This recommendation is simply made because if we remove the device continuously, we will have worn it for less than 22 hours at the end of the day.
How do you care for and clean your aligners?
Because it is a removable appliance, Invisalign makes it much easier for people who wear it to maintain their hygiene routine. On the one hand, the patient can generally brush their teeth since the appliance is removed to perform this task. On the other hand, the aligners must also be cleaned each time they are removed. This way, they will be clean when we put them back on. It is best to wash them with a brush, neutral soap and warm water. In addition to this daily maintenance, it is very convenient to have the habit of submerging the splints in a glass of water with a tablet to clean dentures.
This way, we will avoid stains on the aligners or foul smells. Once we have finished the cleaning routine, we will store the aligners in the boxes that the orthodontist will have. This is the best way to take care of them, so they don’t get lost. Therefore, we recommend that you not use a napkin – or another such item – to store them. Sometimes this is done, and the aligners end up in the trash.
When can I use Invisalign?
Invisalign can be used to treat any case of alignment and bite (crowded teeth, crossbite, overbite, open bite, gaps or diastemata). It is true that a few years ago, it was preferable to treat severe malocclusions with braces. However, Invisalign has come a long way, and today is just as proficient at correcting complex bite and alignment problems. Of course, the more complex cases will last longer.
Why Choosing Invisalign?
With Invisalign, no one will notice that you are wearing orthodontic treatment! However, far from aesthetics, the invisible orthodontics has many other advantages:
One of the significant advantages of Invisalign is that you can remove your aligners at any time, so if you have a special event, you can do without them for a few hours. However, for the orthodontic treatment to be beneficial, you must remove them only to eat and when you need to brush your teeth. But one day is a day!
Invisalign treatment aligners are very easy to clean. Besides, as oral cleaning is done without them, maximum hygiene is guaranteed, as there are no foreign elements in the mouth that make brushing difficult.
Unlike other orthodontic treatments, such as braces, you will feel little or no discomfort in your mouth with invisible braces. Say goodbye to uncomfortable sores or wounds because Invisalign is the most comfortable treatment available today.
Very effective treatment
If your orthodontist has decided that you are suitable for Invisalign treatment after a study, you should know that it is just as effective as any other orthodontic treatment. However, to achieve excellent results in the shortest time possible, there must be maximum cooperation from the patient, as it will depend on him to wear the aligners or not.
Indicated for periodontal patients
The orthodontic movements are much smoother and exert less pressure sensation than conventional braces, but this is especially indicated for periodontal patients.
If you are thinking of using invisible orthodontics to improve your smile’s appearance, book your appointment at the office of Dr. Nicholas B. Rowley to carry out Invisalign treatment. If you have any questions or need more information about it, do not hesitate to contact them.