A person’s smile is such an essential part of expressing who they are when they feel joy. But for people who suffer from teeth misalignment, smiling can be a cause for concern because of misaligned teeth.
Modern Braces Have Changed Orthodontics
For people who have a problem with teeth alignment, it can be a frustrating experience. It can feel a bit intimidating to even smile without feeling a little self-conscious. The good news is that today there are many more treatment good options available for people to correct their alignment problems than there ever has been before.
Traditional braces were the main way that orthodontal dental specialists treated misaligned teeth for many decades. With the advancement of modern technology, much of this has changed. Older braces were often difficult to keep up with, painful, and very noticeable. But now there are several different options for treating misaligned teeth.
Today’s technology has made it so that even traditional braces have become much less obvious and painful to wear. Even traditional braces now offer some great alternatives if people choose to get them. Today’s braces are quite varied and include choices such as a smaller and less noticeable set of metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual or behind the teeth braces, and Invisalign braces.
Invisalign- A Modern Technology Breakthrough in Orthodontics
Of all the braces that are out there, one of the most popular is the Invisalign braces orthodontal system. The process of using clear aligners has been a major orthodontic breakthrough. Part of this is because of the benefits and comfort they offer patients. In many ways, Invisalign is unlike traditional braces.
By contrast, Invisalign is: not worn for the full 24 hours a day and they aren’t attached directly to the teeth. Additionally, Invisalign is a completely see-through corrective mouthpiece so they are not as noticeable to others. People who have them can eat or drink anything they want by simply taking the Invisalign piece out and putting them back after dining or drinking anything other than water.
Invisalign may take a little longer than traditional braces to align teeth or they may work slightly quicker depending on the individual patient. They are not recommended for all patients such as people with more serious orthodontal needs.
However, this process is a great alternative for teens and adults who want a less invasive and less visible alternative to traditional, ceramic or lingual braces. Like any braces they do some getting used to and adjust the teeth alignment over a period of time.
One of the big differences is that these pieces are created by taking a mold of the present teeth. From there the orthodontal lab creates new see-through mouthpieces known as clear plastic “trays” to be worn every day as the teeth adjust to the new mouthpiece. With this process, the teeth slowly straighten, and a new “tray” is used to advance to a new level.
The custom “tray” aligners must be worn 22 hours a day for maximum movement. The aligners are changed out every two weeks during the process of teeth realignment. There is no set time for the process to be completed. However, the average time it takes is approximately 12-18 months. Like with any braces, cases that are more severe can take a longer amount of time to be completed. Movement of teeth is noticeable usually after the first 2-3-months that they are worn.
As with all types of braces, the patient must visit the orthodontist on a regular basis. However, with Invisalign, the visits required are only every six weeks. The visits do not require any adjustments by the orthodontist during the visit. They simply check the progress of the alignment and give the patient their next sets to be worn in the alignment process.