Are you troubled by your crooked smile and want to attain a more beautiful look? Are you embarrassed and self conscious about getting braces? Well, perhaps Invisalign is for you! It is a series of progressively adjusted teeth aligners used by dentists and orthodontists that can re-align your smile in about a year.
This program is an excellent option for adults in need of alignment, but should only be undertaken after you fully know the advantages and disadvantages and a general idea of what to expect from the treatment. Dentists have all the info to guide you in the right direction.
The biggest advantage of Invisalign is that it is a completely transparent device which makes it much more difficult to notice than traditional braces. This feature allows adults who would be embarrassed by the wire type of braces to subtly straighten their teeth. Another benefit of the system is that it allows you to eat whatever you want.
Since the aligners are removable you can simply take them out and enjoy any food and drink without risk of getting anything stuck in, or worse– breaking, your braces. Also, because they are removable there is far less tooth decay and gum recession than with other forms of orthodontics. This saves everyone time with their dentists!
You simply take them out, brush and floss your teeth as you normally would and put them back in afterward. Finally and in many ways most appealing is that this treatment tends to take far less time than other types of orthodontics. Some patients are able to have a full alignment completed in about a year and if you have only minor needs there is a program that takes only about 20 weeks.
As with all things there are potential shortcomings to this system as well. Invisalign can be more expensive, sometimes significantly so, than traditional orthodontics. It is important therefore to talk with your dentists or orthodontists before beginning treatment to be sure you will be able to afford the complete program.
It would be a shame to start down the path to healthy, beautiful smile only to quit before reaching your desired goals because of budget shortfalls. The other important thing to realize about this program is that because it is not a permanent appliance it requires diligence on your part in order for it to work.
The aligners should only be removed when eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth because they require 20-22 hours of wear to be fully effective. Additionally there is a risk of losing your liner once you remove it, but this is easily remedied by keeping them in a case for the short periods they are out.
Now that you know the potential benefits and shortcomings of Invisalign you should know what it entails. First you will meet with your dental professional and have x-rays, photographs and impressions taken. Then three-dimensional model of your mouth will be created from which they plan a series of aligners to suit your individual treatment needs.
This is all sent back to your orthodontist who either approves or modifies the plan. After everything is approved the aligners are manufactured and sent out and you simply change them out every few weeks over the course of the treatment.
It is that easy. Giving yourself the smile you have always dreamed of is possible with the Invisalign system.