How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign® is the contemporary alternative to braces. You may have heard of this removable and conveniently invisible custom-made aligner. But what exactly is it, how is it applied and how does it compare to regular braces? Here’s what you need to know about this orthodontic wonder.
What It Entails and When It’s Necessary
Invisalign® trays are derived from smooth polyurethane plastic, similar to what's used for whitening trays. The treatment is often recommended if your teeth are misshapen or crowded. It’s also beneficial if there is a problem with spacing, underbite, overbite, or crossbite. These comfortable trays are worn over your teeth and slowly align your teeth. They do not consist of unsightly metal wires or brackets that need tightening. All you’ll need is a new tray every second week until your treatment is finished.
The Orthodontic Procedure
This fairly simple process will require fewer visits to your orthodontist than is required for regular braces. Your orthodontist will take impressions of your teeth and gums, some bite measurements and X-rays. Your bite is easily recorded by biting onto a bite sheet.
Your orthodontist will decipher your motion estimate, fit you with a tray and make a blueprint of it, before sending it away to be customized. You’ll be advised to wear each aligner for two weeks, for approximately 20 hours daily. You may be advised to wear a retainer nightly after your treatment.
Advantages of Invisalign® Over Braces
Regular braces can cause pain, oral sores, discomfort and injuries from harsh wiring and brackets. With braces, you also could experience dental caries as a result of not being able to floss and brush adequately. Plaque buildup also can occur. Your teeth can become discolored, and you might find it difficult to eat certain foods. Even worse is that your orthodontist may ask you to avoid hard food-types such as candies, popcorn, pretzels, nuts, pizza and bread crusts, chips, carrots and tough-to-bite-into fruits.
With Invisalign®, you’ll be able to eat what you like because it is removable. It’s also more aesthetically appealing than braces, so you’ll have more confidence in your appearance. Invisalign® favors periodontal health, so you’ll be able to brush and floss all you like.You can attend social events without feeling awkward, because you can remove them for up to four hours. Also, the lack of metal makes Invisalign® the comfortable choice.
Schedule an appointment with AV Dental in Jersey City for a free consultation on this convenient tooth alignment method.