Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that helps to straighten teeth. The treatment offers a painless and practical alternative to braces. Metal braces can be complex and uncomfortable. They typically consist of brackets, which are attached to the teeth, an archwire, which is passed through the brackets, and O-Rings, which are placed on the brackets to keep the wire in place. In metal braces, the archwire places pressure on the brackets, which causes the teeth to move. While the length of time to complete the treatment varies, on average most people wear metal braces for 18 months to three years.
Although metal braces are effective at straightening teeth, there are several factors that you should consider before deciding on your treatment option. First, metal braces can initially cause some pain and irritation. Second, metal braces place restrictions on the types of food that you can eat. Foods like apples can damage the brackets and wires in braces, while candy and gum can stick to the O-Rings. Third, braces can make daily dental care difficult. Brushing and flossing with metal braces can be time-consuming and requires a gentle touch to ensure you do not damage the brackets or the wires. Lastly, metal braces alter your physical appearance. During your treatment, you will essentially have a mouth full of metal, which can cause you to feel self-conscious about your smile and your appearance.
Invisalign offers several advantages over metal braces. Instead of using wires and brackets, the treatment uses sets of invisible braces called aligners to help straighten teeth. The aligners are made from plastic and are designed specifically for your teeth. New sets of aligners are used every two weeks to gradually help the teeth straighten. The invisible braces are removable, so you can use them without changing your diet or restricting your food options. Additionally, you can brush and floss your teeth without having to worry about affecting your treatment. Finally, since the braces are invisible, you do have to make any significant changes to your appearance or feel self-conscious about having braces. You can go through your entire program without people knowing you use braces.
Orthodontic treatment using invisible braces offers many benefits. Since the braces are clear they do not require a significant change in your appearance or your lifestyle. The plastic material used in the braces does not cause discomfort to your teeth and gums that metal braces can cause. With Invisalign, the entire course of your treatment is laid out for you at the beginning of your program, with only occasional follow up with your orthodontist to ensure that the treatment is working. With the program, you can look forward to straighter teeth and a better smile within a year.