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28 July 2023

Is it Time to Consider Invisalign?

How satisfied are you with the appearance of your teeth? Are you proud to show off those pearly whites — or do you worry about how they look to others? 

While oral hygiene is obviously important, the alignment of teeth also presents a real issue for many individuals. This is why orthodontic treatments have become extremely popular in recent times. 

We are not only referring to traditional braces in this sense. A cutting-edge alternative can be seen in the Invisalign system. What does such an approach involve? What results can you expect? Why is this system preferred by many who wish to improve their smile? 

If you are “on the fence” about seeking a professional opinion, the information below should be quite useful.

Invisalign, A Brief Overview

Braces became particularly popular during the 1970s and 1980s thanks to a boom in the orthodontic industry. However, the brackets and wires caused some wearers a significant amount of discomfort — and many found the bulky appearance to be less than attractive. 

All these concerns can now be allayed thanks to an entirely new technology. 

Invisalign was invented in 1997 to replace the standard metallic braces with a series of clear plastic “aligners” or “trays,” similar to a retainer. They are nearly invisible and still provide the results similar to metal braces. 

How Can Invisalign Create a Stunning Smile?

Much like standard braces, this system works by changing the position of your teeth — by using a series slightly modified plastic aligners that fit snugly in place. 

In most cases, they are worn 24 hours a day (except when brushing and flossing). 

As a result of this level of flexibility, the system can be used to effectively treat a handful of common orthodontic conditions including:

  • Crooked teeth 
  • Malocclusions
  • Overbites and underbites

However, there are still rare times when severe underbites or overbites might require the use of standard braces. This will ultimately be determined by a dentist or orthodontist. 

Additional Benefits to Mention

Now that we can appreciate the basic intention of this system, what other possible advantages can it offer? Many will argue that aesthetics play a critical role, as the clear plastic trays are virtually invisible to the naked eye. So, you can display your smile without being concerned about its overall appearance. 

As these appliances can be easily removed when brushing and flossing, your oral health will not be compromised. This is not always the case with braces, as food particles may become lodged between and around the brackets; increasing the chances of developing cavities over time. 

The plastic trays themselves are also extremely durable. Thus, they can act as a way to protect your teeth from mechanical damage (such as when chewing extremely sticky or hard foods). As they will be moulded around the shape of each tooth, eating food will feel much more natural when compared to traditional metal braces. 

Finally, the clear nature of the trays will enable patients to better appreciate the progress that they are making. In turn, they are more likely to continue the treatment until the desired results are achieved. 

Might There be Any Drawbacks to Consider?

To be fair, it is still prudent to highlight some potential pitfalls associated with the Invisalign system. Perhaps the most obvious is the fact that a successful treatment will require a significant amount of time (more on this below). However, this should be expected.

Some individuals may experience slight discomfort when the trays are first put into place. However, this normally subsides after a few days. There may also be instances when the sharp edges of the trays irritate the gums. In this is the case, it may be wise to consult with your orthodontist in order to ensure that they are shaped correctly. 

There may also be times when cost presents a factor. The average price of a complete treatment is $4,900 dollars (roughly £3,812 pounds). This can be somewhat expensive for those who are governed by a limited budget and some not all insurers will cover the costs. It is therefore a good idea to determine what type of payment plans may be available. 

A final possible concern is that some trays will be need to be adhered to the teeth through a series of small bumps known as “attachments” (3). This will help them to remain in place over the course of treatment. However, the trays themselves can still be removed when eating or brushing. 

How Long Will a Typical Treatment Require?

Let us now assume that you are contemplating an orthodontic treatment with this system. How long will it take to see results? As you might have imagined, this normally depends on the severity of your orthodontic condition. Most treatments will nonetheless last for between six and 18 months. We should nonetheless point out that some patients may begin seeing results in a matter of weeks. 

The “Clear” Solution for a Flawless Smile

While traditional braces are always an option to consider, why not instead learn more about what the Invisalign system has to offer? This has become an extremely popular orthodontic treatment and millions of individuals have already experienced dramatic results. It could therefore be a good idea to perform additional online research or to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist. He or she will be happy to address any other questions that you may have.

Sources:

  1. https://centralcoastorthodontics.com.au/the-history-of-orthodontics-from-ancient-braces-to-invisalign/
  2. https://smile2impress.com/us/blog/who-invented-braces-history-clear-aligners
  3. https://www.healthline.com/health/does-invisalign-work
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