Braces can be the solution to all kind of dental problems such as crooked, misaligned or protruding teeth. They can usually straighten most teeth into a symmetrical smile. The very idea of large pieces of metal glued to the front of your teeth is unappealing not to mention the embarrassing food debris that might get stuck in between the wires. Therefore, another brace system called Invisalign is becoming increasingly popular amongst the general public for it solved all the problems mentioned above in a much shorter time frame than the standard brace.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a unique brace system that is used to treat mild to moderate cases of crooked teeth within a few months. Rather than follow the train track idea, Invisalign is a clear plastic retainer that sits over the top of your teeth. The clear plastic allows the retainer to seem virtually invisible and many people do not realize you are wearing it unless they get up close in person. The brace is a slightly different shape to your teeth line and it will gently pull those teeth into position. Once fitted with a retainer, you proceed to wear that retainer for two weeks and then you switch to a different retainer with a slightly different shape again to move your teeth further. This gradual pressure moves your teeth into the correct position without the need for wires to maneuver the teeth.

In order to get Invisalign, you need to find out if you are suitable for the brace system. Your dentist will determine whether the brace would be beneficial in your situation and if so you can proceed with the treatment. Impressions and photographs are taken of your teeth so that your retainers can be custom made and once fitted you will need to wear the brace for 22 hours per day. Also, you will need to visit your dentist for regular checkups and once you have completed a series of retainer changes, your teeth will be straighter. A retainer worn at night may be required to prevent relapse.

The benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign offers many advantages over the standard brace system and subsequently it has grown in popularity. The major bonus for everyone who uses Invisalign is that it appears to be invisible. It is highly unlikely that passers by will notice you are wearing a brace and it only becomes noticeable when someone is up close in person. Therefore, it helps correct your dental problems without damaging your confidence and self esteem. It also works its magic a lot quicker than a normal brace as it can lead to straighter teeth in a matter of months. On average, a patient will use approximately 20-30 retainers throughout the course of treatment and compared to the two years it may take with a standard brace system, the time frame is greatly reduced. However, it is worth noting that it can only fix mild to moderate orthodontic problems and Invisalign may not be suitable for more severe cases, as it will not provide the same results.

Another bonus that attracts many people is that the brace can be removed. Therefore when eating, drinking or brushing your teeth, you can remove the retainer to maintain good oral hygiene. Invisalign does not cause any long lasting damage to the appearance of your teeth and therefore is often the better option cosmetically.