Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of malocclusion. Although dental braces have been the go-to solution for treating malocclusion, a new orthodontic aligner has been the most sought-after one in recent years. It is Invisalign, the virtually invisible aligner.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a mouthguard-like orthodontic aligner, that is made from a clear plastic material. Due to its transparent nature, it is highly unlikely that anyone will notice whenever you talk or smile. This amazing feature allows you to go about your daily activities without worrying about your facial appearance. It helps you stay clear of the possible embarrassment of having braces.
What are the advantages that Invisalign offers?
- The process of scanning the teeth and determining the type of malocclusion can be completed quickly with the help of a hand-held scanning tool. This is an efficient alternative to the conventional method of biting into a putty-like substance to make a mold of the teeth.
- The dentist will give you a demonstration of how Invisalign will move your teeth to the desired positions on a computer screen. This is done by means of a simulation.
- The aligners are metal-free. They do not contain any metal components such as brackets or wires that can injure the soft tissues of your mouth.
- Invisalign is removable. You no longer have to go through the hassle of brushing your teeth or eating food with your dental braces on. The aligners can be taken off and put back on when you have to brush your teeth or eat food.
- With dental braces, the pressure applied to your teeth by the brackets and wires is severe. This can lead to persistent pain. But, this isn’t the case with Invisalign. The walls of the aligners gently move the teeth to their orthodontically right positions.
Use of Invisalign
Invisalign has to be worn for at least 22 hours a day, every day, during the course of the treatment. As mentioned earlier, you may only take them off when you eat or brush your teeth. Even when you go to bed, the aligners should be on. The dentist gives you a new set of aligners once every two weeks. This allows you to progress to the next stage of the treatment. Always ensure you remove the food debris from your mouth before putting the aligners back. If not, it can affect the treatment and lead to discomfort.
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