If you need to realign or straighten your teeth, but are embarrassed at the idea of traditional metal braces, you may find that Invisalign is the best option for you. Created by Align Technology, Invisalign is essentially an invisible way to straighten your teeth without the use of traditional braces. Because it’s clear, Invisalign is a less conspicuous, less visible way to arrange your teeth and is popular with older patients, who may feel that traditional braces look juvenile.
The Invisalign system employs a series of clear, removable aligners that move your teeth, over time, to give you the smile you always dreamed of. Patients wear the Invisalign trays over their teeth, throughout the day, while the tray carefully pushes the teeth to where they need to go. Every few weeks, patients receive a new tray, which is adjusted to push the teeth even further.
Because Invisalign is removable, patients enjoy being able to brush their teeth and floss as they would without the realignment process. They can also take the Invisalign out to eat; so they aren’t limited to the food they can enjoy. Although the Invisalign needs to be worn for most hours of the day, it can be taken out for a special situation (such as professional photos). This flexibility is an attractive feature for those considering this alternative alignment process.
Invisalign is very versatile, helping to correct a wide range of dental and orthodontic issues – such as over-crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, overbite and underbite. These situations can contribute to gum disease and wearing of teeth, as well as painful jaw and joint problems; therefore it’s important that they are treated as soon as possible.
While there are a number of advantages to Invisalign, there are some downsides, including the price. Some patients may find it more expensive than traditional braces, and some insurance companies may not cover it. If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional braces, talk with your dentist or orthodontist to see if Invisalign might be the best option.