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A special part of dentistry known as orthodontics deals with jaw and teeth alignment using a special device called dental brace. Dental brace is a metal bracket and wire that is used to improve crooked teeth to give a patient a perfect smile.
Convectional align technology uses metal brackets, which are attached to the surface of the teeth and joined together by wire to move teeth and straighten them. This often gives a frightening sight. However, newer and more improved align technology has been developed and this is Invisalign clear aligners.
They are user-friendly, easy to use and more efficient than the traditional dental braces. More so, it is fast replacing the conventional metal brackets as a subtler and better way of straightening and improving your smile and the appearance of your teeth.
How Do The Invisalign Clear Aligners Work?
Invisalign is a near invisible dental brace that moves teeth to straighten them. It’s made from clear thermoplastic materials and are specially designed for a patients’ treatment plan, based on individual treatment requirements. Patients are given a series of custom-made clear aligners to move their teeth in the sequence predetermined by their orthodontist. Each aligner in this sequence works individually and makes slight corrections (movements) to the position of the tooth. When it is installed on your teeth, it moves your teeth gradually by shifting them from their current position. You should be given a new sequence of treatment after about 2 weeks. These new set of Invisalign clear aligners will continue the straightening process for your teeth and gums.
Invisalign vs. Metal Braces
Although both are used for orthodontic treatment, there is a huge difference between both of them. Invisalign clear aligners consist of a sequence of bespoke tooth-shaped trays which can easily be taken on and off. Whereas metal braces, also called train tracks, consist of metal brackets, which are attached to the surface of each tooth, and wires, which are attached to each bracket to hold the teeth. The brackets and wire cannot be removed during the period of the treatment plan. Therefore, they are removable braces while train tracks are fixed braces.
The metal braces restrict patient’s consumption as foods may cause the braces to break. Unlike the metal braces, it can be easily removed (before eating or drinking) and worn back by the patients (after eating and drinking). This means that they do not restrict consumption of your favorite diets like in the metal braces. However, you must brush your teeth after every meal before you reinsert them. This helps you to maintain proper hygiene and fresh breath.
For them to be very effective, they must be worn for about 20 to 22 hours daily and removed only before brushing, flossing, eating, and drinking. If they are not worn consistently, they may not effectively move your teeth. However, metal braces can handle more complex teeth movements and remain the orthodontic treatment plan for those dental cases involving the large movement and extractions of back teeth.
How much does Invisalign Treatment cost?
Typically, the cost of Invisalign treatment ranges from about $3500 to $8000. The cost is mainly compared to the cost of metal braces. However, each orthodontic treatment is based on individual preference and on the specific needs of individuals. When choosing between metal braces and Invisalign patients always take into consideration these factors – how long they wish to be in the orthodontic treatment, the difficulty of their dental case, and their treatment goals. Sometimes, additional factors may be considered by the orthodontist.
Are Invisalign Clear Aligners Quicker Than Metal Braces?
Actually, the answer to this is NO! Invisalign clear aligners tend to be much slower than the metal braces. Metal braces are quicker and require more chair-side time with your orthodontist who will want to see you and record the process at least once every 4 to 6 weeks. The essence of these visits is to ensure that your orthodontic treatment plan is going on as planned.
On The Average, How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?
Invisalign treatment takes between 2 months to 2 years to be perfectly completed. This normally depends on the severity of the patient’s dental case.
How painful is the Invisalign Align Technology?
The good news here is that Invisalign is not as painful as the metal braces. This is because unlike with the metal train tracks, there is no rubbing of brackets and wires against the teeth and gums. When it is attached for the first time, patients may feel the pressure and the attached braces may cause the patient a sort of discomfort and ulceration. However, with time you would get accustomed to these and the discomfort or pressure you feel with the moving teeth would become addictive. Most patients somewhat enjoy the feeling when their teeth move.
Are Invisalign Clear Aligners Completely Invisible?
No, though the name (INVISible ALIGNer) suggests that it is invisible, it is not completely invisible. Everyone knows that no real thing in this world is completely invisible. They are not completely invisible but they are also not metal. They are clear and transparent, nobody would easily notice them on you except when he or she is very close to you.
Any Other Advantage of Invisalign Clear Aligners
Invisalign clear aligners are very clear and subtle, nobody would easily notice them on you. They also help to maintain your oral hygiene because you can easily remove them to brush and floss. More so, it gives you the opportunity to view the virtual results of your orthodontic treatment plan even before you start the treatment. This helps you to have an idea of how your straightened teeth would look like after the completion of the treatment plan.
Precautionary Steps to Take During Invisalign Treatment
- Do not remove them unless during meal times or when you need to brush or floss. The Invisalign braces must be on you for at least 22 hours daily for optimum results.
- Avoid chewing gum with the Invisalign aligners.
- Avoid drinking alcohol with the aligners on.
- Avoid smoking cigarette with the aligners on to avoid staining.
- When you remove the aligner for any reason, handle them carefully to avoid been accidentally thrown away.
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