Written by Danica Lacson on October 2, 2018
What is Invisalign?
The innovative Invisalign dental cosmetic procedure is a “barely there” teeth straightening and alignment alternative that, unlike conventional metal orthodontia, involves the installation of transparent and removable aligner trays for addressing dental abnormalities.
The Invisalign system is specifically designed as a corrective dental procedure that is suitable for mild to moderate misalignment without the hassle of adjusting to a more restrictive lifestyle during the process.
How does Invisalign work?
A set of invisible computer-generated trays is worn and adjusted or changed every two weeks. There are also particular kinds of trays that last for six months to a year which need some sort of retention to restrict the teeth from shifting back.
By using a set of customized transparent plastic aligners, this advanced approach exerts compressive yet gentle pressure onto the teeth to gently shift them into position.
The initial consultation session involves photo- and impression-capturing with a three-dimensional computer-generated visual on how the teeth can be gradually moved.
Unlike traditional dental braces, the Invisalign tray gives a more convenient, comfortable, and smooth feel without the worry of interference of having a great smile.
Who are candidates for Invisalign Treatment?
- Invisalign is appropriate for various orthodontic problems such as:
- Mild relapse following installation of conventional metal braces
- Overbite or Retrognathia, a condition which occurs when the lower jaw is too far back from the upper jaw
- Over-spacing of teeth of up to five millimeters due to gum and tooth shifting, as well as irregular jaw growth
- Over-crowding of teeth of up to five millimeters
How much does Invisalign cost?
Invisalign has typically higher price than regular dental braces. The average cost of Invisalign can go from 3,500 US dollars to 8,000 US dollars.
What are the Advantages of Invisalign?
Easier Dental Maintenance and Cleanup
One of Invisalign’s best attributes are the detachable aligners. No metal brackets, bands, or wires trapping plaque and food, thereby allowing ease in maintaining good oral hygiene and an unrestricted diet.
Invisalign may require constant wearing, but unlike traditional metal braces, they can be taken off when brushing, eating, drinking, and flossing. The risk of bacteria and plaque buildup is reduced, thereby reducing the possibility of periodontal problems like gingivitis and tooth decay.
Avoidance of Further Health Complications Due to Misaligned Teeth
According to dentists of the Mayo Clinic, accumulated bacteria in the mouth can travel to other parts of the body, causing detrimental health concerns. Complications include strokes, arteriosclerosis or hardening of the arteries and endocarditis or infection in the inner wall of the heart. Furthermore, the stability of sugar levels is difficult to maintain when gum disease develops.
Other cited examples of infirmities are osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. By opting for the convenient Invisalign treatment, health-wary individuals can breathe a sigh of relief while enjoying a more pleasant dental appearance while lowering the risk of serious health issues.
Attainability of Perfect Smile at Any Age
Before Invisalign, metal braces were the only method for teenagers coveting the perfect smile. However, the convenience of Invisalign now means more adults are seeking Invisalign now than ever. Both adults and teenagers can anticipate similar outcomes and benefits.
Prevention of Mild Centric Occlusion and Easier Maintenance of Tooth Structure
Failure to address misaligned jaws and teeth can cause abnormal pressure and painful stress to the mouth’s supporting bones and joints. If left untreated, these dental traumas can accelerate dental health erosion.
Increase in Self Confidence
If a person can find a suitable excuse for skipping a social event, wearing bulky and unsightly braces certainly tops the list. Especially with teens, social galas like proms and graduation and even yearbook photo ops are momentous occasions where the least one can expect is to call everyone’s attention to their mouthful of metal braces. Invisalign, on the contrary, is made from an elastic and transparent thermoplastic material, so even with the aligners snapped on, confidence is never compromised.
There are no wires and metals that can trap food and plaque. Traditional orthodontia necessitates the maintenance of strict diets. On the other hand, the Invisalign trays are removable, thereby allowing flossing, brushing, as well as unrestricted eating and drinking. Promotion of good oral hygiene practices can eliminate, if not drastically minimize the risk of disparaging tooth and gum diseases, which may lead to other serious complications.
Educational and Professional Aspect
The classroom and the boardroom are competitive environments where confidence is one of the key indicators of competence. The interferences of metal braces affect the quality and audibility of speech. As observed, teenagers who get the opportunity to speak in front of the class tends to cover their mouths.Inadvertently, this is usually conveyed as a sign of introversion and rudeness.
The clear aligners of Invisalign don’t hamper speech, nor does it require years of usage in order for one to enjoy optimum results. In an average, treatment only lasts within 12-18 months, depending on the complexity of the misalignment.
When self-esteem dwindles, so does one’s assessment of their overall personal worth. As much as it leads to detrimental consequences like tolerance of abusive situations, insecurity, and depression, one of the most common causes of this emotional crisis is the way one’s appearance is gauged by society.
While there are various reasons that can influence self-esteem, a person’s smile has an irrefutable impact. Teeth and jaw alignment have come a long way, and Invisalign is the most revolutionary method of achieving the perfect smile.
With Invisalign, no one will ever know that your smile is a work in progress.
What are the Disadvantages of Invisalign?
Along with its advantages, Invisalign also has its share of disadvantages.
- Invisalign may erode or crack because of its delicate material. It is made of BPA-free clear plastic.
- Tendencies of losing the clear aligners may also be experienced because it is detachable.
- Invisalign is expected to work more effectively for aesthetic purposes than enhancing teeth's functionality. Dental patients who have complicated dental issues like those with issue with their back teeth may have to use dental braces for more effective treatment.
Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.