Appearance, method, and price – these are the main factors that likely come to mind at the thought of braces.
There’s also treatment duration and maintenance considerations.
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Invisalign is designed to adapt to the unique and active lifestyle of a young adult.
Although its end result is the same as that of braces, Invisalign doesn’t involve a latticework of metal wires that becomes more and more obvious with extended wear.
Comfort and invisibility are its greatest assets, but let’s take a closer look at its very mechanism and some of its other features.
Made from transparent and durable polyurethane to treat malocclusions, Invisalign, as the name implies, is almost invisible to others. Unlike metal or even clear braces that are bonded or cemented to the teeth, the clear trays of Invisalign are removable – for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. Although considered advantageous, the downside to its removability feature is if the user will succumb to the temptation of taking them off more than is advised. Orthodontists recommend 20 to 22 hours of usage for approximately two weeks.
Advantages of the Invisalign System
- Discreet look – The clear trays make it impossible to see, unless you tell others that you’re wearing it.
- Improved oral hygiene – Because it can be removed, patients are allowed to practice optimal oral hygiene while undergoing the treatment.
- Protection from teeth-grinding – The orthodontic appliance can work as a night guard against teeth wear due to grinding and jaw clenching.
- More choices in food – The treatment poses no dietary restrictions and modifications that is so common with metal braces and wires.
- Comfortable – Invisalign is made from a flexible and thin material that doesn’t cause any irritation to the mouth’s soft tissues.
Disadvantages of Invisalign
- Not for severe malocclusions – Invisalign is only suited for addressing mild to moderate misalignments. Due to its limited controllability, the system is not advisable for severely tipped teeth, large tooth spacings, open bites, severely deep overbites, and severe tooth rotations.
- Increased risk for cavities – Since it encases the teeth, the aligner isolates and separates the former from the rest of the mouth. Bacteria and plaque may accumulate inside and outside the trays. As much as good oral hygiene is necessary during the treatment, it is also important that the patient regularly brush and rinse the aligners.
- Less control – The corrective procedure limits the direct control of orthodontists over the movement of the teeth. Once the digitized teeth positioning evaluation is done and the aligners are fabricated, the system is left on its own to shift the teeth.
Although shrouded with a few disadvantages, the cost-effective benefits of Invisalign surpass that of braces. Patients need not worry about periodic adjustments and possible repairs due to broken wires, so office visits are tremendously cut down.
Satisfied parents and teens find this revolutionary option a cut above the rest. Nevertheless, it is the responsibility of the dentist to evaluate the current status of the patient and thoroughly outline the pros and cons of Invisalign and other applicable orthodontic approaches.