Benefits of Invisalign Treatment
Many people are choosing Invisalign treatment over traditional braces, and for good reason. These braces are almost completely invisible to the naked eye and do not irritate the gums like traditional metal braces can. One of the major reasons why many people avoid braces is that they are unsightly and uncomfortable, making it difficult for them to socialise and enjoy food as they normally would. Invisalign offers the comfort of custom-made plastic aligners that fit each person's teeth perfectly and do not interfere with eating or drinking. Here is some more information about this popular treatment option for misaligned teeth:
Not an option for all
Invisalign is an excellent treatment option for misaligned teeth, helping to correct underbites and overbites, aw well as restoring smiles and helping people eat better in the process. The only downside to Invisalign is that this treatment cannot help everyone. Those with extremely misaligned teeth still require traditional metal braces to correct their teeth. Also, young children with developing teeth aren't recommended to get Invisalign treatment, as their jaw is still developing.
To determine suitability, the expert opinion of a specialist orthodontist must be sought. These specialists have undergone further training and education to practice in the field of orthodontics. In comparison to a general dentist, orthodontists have spent much longer in the field. These specialists will take a thorough examination of the teeth and even take some x-rays if necessary. They will then recommend Invisalign treatment if it's suitable.
Treatment process is straightforward
The treatment process for Invisalign is pretty straightforward. Initially, suitability is assessed and then the specialist will take a mould of the person's teeth to create clear plastic aligners that perfectly fit. These aligners must be worn 20-22 hours a day to ensure that the alignment of the teeth can be properly corrected. They must also be worn whilst sleeping and should only be taken off to eat or drink, as these activities can stain the retainers. After every two weeks another appointment takes place, where another mould of the teeth is taken to create new plastic aligners to suit the shifted teeth. This process continues until the teeth are suitably aligned and can take 12-18 months to complete.
Once the treatment process is complete, dentists recommend that a retainer be worn to keep the teeth in their current position. The type of retainers required must be discussed with the consulting dentist.