Traditional braces and their more modern alternative, Invisalign, are both designed to achieve the same goal – straighter teeth. You may be curious; what are the major differences between Invisalign and normal braces, and what makes one better than the other? Though both serve the same purpose Invisalign is emerging as a preferable option for many reasons. Today, we explain how exactly Invisalign works, how it is used, and why it’s a preferable option to your typical metal braces.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign braces are transparent plastic tooth moulds that are used to adjust the alignment of your teeth. Invisalign offer a less obvious, more covert alternative to normal braces.
Invisalign has been proven effective in straightening mild to complex teeth misalignments. Each set of aligners are custom-made to move your teeth little by little. They feature SmartTrack material which allows Invisalign braces to fit snugly over your teeth, and which is clinically proven to improve control of tooth movement with efficiency and accuracy.
How does Invisalign work?
You start with a simple consultation wherein the doctor will examine your teeth, and show you how Invisalign can solve your alignment issues, including deep bites, under bites, gapped teeth, overcrowding, and more. The doctor then gives you a precise digital scan, which will be used as the basis of your custom treatment plan. Once your customized aligners are done, you are then set to wear them – usually around 22 hours a day. Keep it up and you’ll be able to see the difference week by week!
Aligners are changed every week, and replaced with slightly altered alignments so that they can maintain pressure and move your teeth comfortably towards their final position. If done consistently, you can achieve a brand new smile in as little as 3 months.
What makes Invisalign better than normal braces?
One of the more blatant reasons why Invisalign is the better option is the fact that it is removable. You can eat, drink, brush, and floss without any problems because you can easily remove the trays before meals or before doing your oral health routine.
Using Invisalign is the most aesthetically pleasing way to straighten your teeth as it doesn’t have visible metal wires and brackets. Since Invisalign are clear aligners, it’s much more attractive when you smile as they are designed to look like you have nothing on!
3. More comfortable
Invisalign is made with soft plastic which makes them much more comfortable to wear than your traditional wire braces. While traditional braces can occasionally harm the mouth interior, Invisalign requires less pressure. The trays gradually shift your teeth into place and save you a lot of pain and discomfort.
4. Easier to maintain
Eating can turn into such a hassle when using traditional metal braces. You have to be conscious of your food selection and the way you eat, not to mention make sure the food you consume won’t affect the wires and brackets. You also have to carefully choose food that will not easily stick to your braces. With Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about this, as you can simply pop them out before eating or drinking, and then replace them when you’re done.
5. Requires fewer dental visits
Using traditional metal braces requires you to be back at your dentists’ office every six weeks. With Invisalign, you have a new set of trays that you just put in every two weeks. You don’t have to go to the dentist to get anything adjusted. You will only be required to do occasional visits to the dentist so they can also monitor your teeth’s progress.
6. Minimises damage to teeth
Using traditional braces can make patients more susceptible to the demineralization of the teeth, because of the brackets can prevent you from fully cleaning your teeth. This lack of oral hygiene can also lead to root resorption or the shortening of the roots of the teeth. With Invisalign technology, you can take the trays out whenever, which allows you to maintain proper hygiene and prevent tooth damage and other oral diseases.
Consult Your Dentist Today
Invisalign is a great alternative to your traditional braces, especially if you’re looking for comfort, easy maintenance, and minimal damage to teeth. To learn more, talk to the most trusted dentist Wellington provides. Make your first Invisalign appointment now at Naenae Dental Clinic. Contact us to book an appointment, and get started on your teeth straightening journey today.