These braces are made of transparent plastic material and are molded to conform to your original teeth, with a bit of correction. After a few weeks, you make another trip to the orthodontist for another round of fitting plus a new set of Invisalign braces, this time slightly altered again to place pressure on your teeth.
The same procedure is repeated until you get the alignment you desire. And all this time, it’s possible for you to live a normal social life, not worry about cleaning wires and brackets that trap food, and become free from painful metal scratching the inside of your cheek.
You can even attend parties looking your best, because Invisalign braces can be removed anytime you want. To get the best results, however, they need to be worn for 20-22 hours a day.
How Invisalign braces work
Your initial visit to the orthodontist will be similar to a consultation session. This is when the condition of your teeth is assessed, and the cosmetic dentist would have to determine whether or not Invisalign braces are for you.
This is because clear braces cannot treat all sorts of malocclusions. For more severe cases, the traditional steel braces and brackets still work best.
If you’re fortunate enough to qualify for Invisalign braces, the dentist will then take an impression of your teeth, and using 3D computer imaging software would soon be able to have clear braces manufactured.
This first set of braces will fit your teeth snugly, but with a little pressure being applied on the teeth. That’s essentially how Invisalign braces work – each time you’re fitted, the manufactured new appliance is a bit tighter to apply a slight pressure on your teeth.
Despite this, wearing Invisalign braces is still less painful than wearing metal braces. Its edges are smooth and won’t scrape against the soft tissues inside your mouth. You’ll also avoid the painful adjustment sessions that traditional brace wearers undergo. Instead, you need to return to the orthodontist after about 2-3 weeks to have yourself fitted for a new set of clear braces.
This procedure is repeated until you have achieved the alignment you desire, and often it takes a shorter period than traditional Braces. The downside to Invisalign braces is that they don’t come cheap – prices range from about $3,000 to $5,000 – plus, if you happen to grind your teeth while sleeping, you’re liable to damage or break your Invisalign braces.
These disadvantages are, of course, acceptable in view of the fact that you’ll not have to worry about performing all sorts of rituals when cleaning your teeth. There are no wires and metal brackets to pick nor dental mirrors to contend with, because all you need to do is remove the Invisalign braces when it’s time to brush your teeth.