Braces are quite popular but did you know there is a better alternative to braces? Enter invisalign. Just like braces, invisalign are used for straightening teeth. However the similarity between the two ends there because invisalign are transparent and more comfortable as compared to braces. It uses a number of removable aligners that are usually transparent and unnoticeable. These new type of braces are customized and designed in a way that they will fit well with your teeth and in your mouth. Invisalign are usually made using a smooth and comfortable plastic known as BPA-free which does not irritate gums and cheek. This is another remarkable difference between invisalign and braces which are known to irritate gums. Invisalign are best suited for teens and adults with average crookedness. Children are usually encouraged to use the traditional braces because their jaws are still growing and they might not remember to wear the aligners consistently.
When you make up your mind that you want to use invisalign to treat your teeth, you can go to the dentist of your choice and begin the process of getting a set of invisalign. The dentist will first follow three steps in this procedure which are evaluation, designing and finally treatment. The dentist will inspect your teeth to see if invisalign is the best treatment for you. The designing stage involves taking several 3D images as well as x-rays of your teeth and jaw. These will then be used to create a custom treatment plan which will be sent to a lab that is used for making correcting dental appliances. Your custom-fit aligners will be created and you will get a set of new aligners after every two weeks which will indicate a new stage of your teeth alignment treatment. In the treatment stage, every time you get a new set of aligners you will notice a change in your teeth as they will be moving towards the direction that they are intended to move to correct the crookedness. When the treatment is over, you may have to wear retainers for some time to ensure that your teeth do return to their initial position.
Invisalign is used to treat a wide array of dental issues ranging from simple ones such as gapped teeth to the more complex ones such as crossbite. Here is the list of the issues that it is used to cure;
Over crowdedness: this problem occurs when the jaw does not have enough room to accommodate all the teeth in your mouth. This can result in crooked teeth and it should be treated with urgency.
Cross bite: this occurs when the upper and lower jaws are misaligned.
Under bite: this is a situation where the lower teeth protrude above the upper teeth which are caused by an undergrowth or the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, both of these two or absent upper teeth.
Open bite: this happens when some teeth cannot reach corresponding teeth to bite properly which cause poor or painful chewing. It can also cause speech impairment.
Gapped teeth: this is usually possible is the jawbone has grown abnormally or when there are missing teeth in the mouth. Gaps in a mouth expose the gums to various problems and make your mouth to be more susceptible to diseases like periodontal disease.
Over bite: this is a situation where the lower teeth are bit over by the upper teeth. It can be caused by poor oral habits or genetics which results in gum issues and painful jaw.
In a nut shell, the advantages of invisalign include;
1. Easy to clean; since they are removable they can be cleaned easily.
2. Invisible; invisalign are invisible hence there is no need to avoid public settings or to avoid smiling in public.
3. Food; it has no food restrictions because you are simply required to remove the set of aligners during meal times and wear them after eating.
Experts recommend that you should wear them for at least twenty hours every day when you are undergoing your treatment. You can have them on most of the time except when you are eating or brushing and flossing your teeth because after all they are invisible so nobody will even notice that you are wearing them.
Things you should know about invisalign
The first thing you should know if you are about to get invisalign is that you might experience pain. Luckily, there is away of dealing with this pain which is through using putting wax over the rough or sharp edges of your aligners. You can also request your dentist to file down the sharp edges in order to relieve the pain.
Secondly, you should know that it might take 2 to 3 months for you to see any positive results so do not despair if there are no noticeable changes within the first month.
Thirdly, you will need to drink a lot of water during the period when you are undergoing the treatment because invisalign tends to dry up your mouth.