Let’s face it, no one wants to get braces. As an adult, the idea of being snickered at is about as appealing as the prospect of being called “metal mouth” is for a child – no one wants either. That’s where invisalign comes in.
Invisalign is essentially a set of invisible braces that has no color and is transparent as well, allowing it to blend in seamlessly with the individual’s teeth and making it difficult to be seen while in place. Each set is also removable, allowing the wearer to take it out while eating meals, drinking liquids or while having his or her teeth cleaned.
Invisalign is also considered to be more comfortable than traditional braces. An individual wears a set for two weeks and then moves on to a new set, which allows the amount of force being utilized to move the teeth to be less and the process more gradual than traditional orthodontia, which helps to make it far less painful. It is also less harmful to the human mouth, because as each set is removable, there is less buildup of food and other bacteria as there is around a typical brace.
Because the product is removable, it also does not come with the same dietary restrictions that have accompanied orthodontics for years. Because hard, crunchy foods have the potential to crack or break a typical brace or wire, patients were often prohibited from eating such foods. This product, however, must be taken out prior to each meal or drink, so there is no potential for such an issue.
Like with typical orthodontics, the patient is usually required to wear a retainer, usually made of plastic, following the treatment. Depending on the individual needs of that patient, he or she may be required to wear it only at night or at times more often.
When meeting with a dentist or orthodontist to discuss whether invisalign is right for an individual, that person is able to see a computerized projection of what his or her smile will look like after the treatment, and also how long the process should take before achieving the desired results. Most courses of treatment are expected to take between 12 and 18 months to complete.
As compared to traditional orthodontia, this approach typically costs more, although it can vary greatly by doctor and practice. The difference in price is also not always covered by dental insurance, as it may be considered cosmetic. A potential patient should always confirm the extent that it may be covered, if at all, prior to beginning any course of treatment.
Because of its successful track record of results, invisalign is increasing in popularity by the day. It is now available through orthodontists and dentists all over the world and determining whether it is right for you is often just a phone call away.