There’s a stigma around traditional braces that prevents many adults from using them. They’re obvious, they attract unwanted attention, they’re “unattractive”, they’re meant for teenagers — all of these ideas and perceptions influence how many people perceive them. So what can adults with crooked teeth do to align their teeth? How can busy professionals or those who can’t afford to have obvious orthodontic work get treatment?
The answer is simple:
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that replaces traditional, obvious braces with removable, clear plastic aligners. Rather than deal with the inconvenience of metal or ceramic wires and brackets, patients use a discrete system of sequential aligners to achieve the results they desire.
How does Invisalign Work?
Traditional braces use a series of brackets and wires to reposition teeth. The brackets are fixed to the teeth, while the wires are used to apply pressure and move the teeth into the desired position.
Here at BrightSmile Avenue our Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear plastic aligners to adjust teeth. Each set of aligners is designed specially to fit your teeth, and your teeth only. They apply gentle but consistent pressure to ease the teeth into the desired position. These aligners are replaced every two weeks or so, with each set moving the teeth further along in the sequence towards to the finished outcome.
Benefits of Invisalign
The primary benefit over traditional orthodontic systems is that Invisalign is almost unnoticeable. Many patients report that they’re able to go through treatment with few people realising. This is ideal for professionals, as well as those in positions where obvious orthodontics may be a problem such as actors and models.
A secondary benefit of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable. This allows patients to eat whatever foods they want, and clean their teeth normally. It removes the special dietary and hygiene protocols that often make orthodontics unattractive to many people.
Lastly, Invisalign uses state of the art technology to scan the teeth and plan the treatment process. Detailed 3D scans are taken of the patient’s mouth, before sophisticated software maps out the course of the treatment. These 3D plans actually let patients see a virtual mockup of how their teeth will look at the end of treatment before they begin.
Cons of Invisalign
Unfortunately, no system is perfect. Invisalign has some drawbacks. Primarily, these are:
Invisalign cannot treat overly complex cases. The system is best utilized with light to moderate cases of crooked or misaligned teeth. Situations where there is severe misalignment of teeth will still require at least a partial application of traditional orthodontics before Invisalign can be used.
Invisalign relies on patient compliance. While it’s certainly helpful to be able to remove the aligners, they must be worn for 20 hours a day to be effective. One of the biggest barriers to Invisalign’s effectiveness is actually patients forgetting to place their aligners back on their teeth after eating or cleaning. This can make the system less than ideal for teenaged patients, or those who simply don’t trust themselves to be diligent with replacing the aligners.
If you’re looking to get orthodontic treatment, but don’t want the hassle of traditional metal or ceramic braces, contact BrightSmile Avenue today and ask about Invisalign.
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