Very often we get a question from our patients : “What is Invisalign and how it works?”. Here are a few facts that can help you to better understands this genuinely revolutionary approach in the tooth repositioning process.
Invisalign is an alternative option to the traditional wire and bracket braces. A series of Invisalign retainers made from thermoplastic material are custom made for the patient’s mouth. Every week or two, depending on the treatment plan, the patients switch to a new tray varying slightly from the last. Each aligner makes slight adjustments to the tooth position and as treatment planned by a doctor. After a series of trays, the teeth are moved to the ideal position and then a retainer is made to wear at night.
The primary benefits of Invisalign retainers are that they are virtually invisible. Nobody may notice that you are wearing them, making them very appealing to many people. Another benefit is that the trays are removable, so you can take them off while eating and place them back on the teeth afterwards. For quicker and best results it is suggested to wear the trays 22 out of 24 hours per day. Lastly the plastic trays are more comfortable than jagged metal brackets that cause irritation to the lips and cheeks.
Straightening one’s teeth is not only an esthetic procedure but predominantly functional benefit as well. Those with straight teeth can maintain better hygiene at home which reduces accumulation of harmful bacteria that cause gum disease and decay. Proper alignment also enhances the tooth and jaw function, thus maximizing long term oral health and comfort bringing harmony to the masticatory system.