Invisalign® is the brand name for invisible teeth aligners (think braces, but then forget them) that are custom made for each patient and are changed out every couple of weeks as your teeth become straighter. During your first visit, Dr. Schneider will make an impression of your teeth and then convert the impression to a 3D picture. There, you and Dr. Schneider will develop a treatment plan and your first set of customized Invisalign® aligners will be ordered. As you progress, new aligners will be provided until your teeth are completely straight, just as you and Dr. Schneider planned!
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign offers convenience, easy cleaning, less time at the dentist, and so much more.
1. Easier to Clean
We all know that traditional braces are a hassle to maintain. Whether you're eating out or enjoying a family meal, keeping your teeth and brackets clean is a pain.
When using Invisalign, it's easy to remove the aligner trays. Gently brush them with toothpaste and warm water before reinstalling in your mouth.
2. Fewer Office Visits
Metal braces require a dental office visit for tightening the rubber bands or wires. Invisalign gives you the freedom to enjoy activities while ensuring the teeth repositioning and alignment progress.
3. No Food Adjustments
Invisalign allows you to eat and drink whatever you want because the aligners are removable. This lessens the time to clean your teeth afterward. But be sure to rinse your mouth and brush your teeth before reinstalling the aligners.
4. Look Better
Orthodontic patients, especially adults, don’t want to stand out. Invisalign helps you hide your dental treatment because of the clear aligner trays. No one needs to know you're wearing aligners unless you tell them.
5. More Comfortable
Even if you've never worn braces, the issues with discomfort aren't news to you. Traditional braces work by the brackets and wires causing tension to reposition the teeth. The tightening of the brackets causes soreness until the tension lessens, resulting in a cycle of discomfort.
6. Safe for Children, Adolescents, and Adults
Invisalign is safe for children, adolescents, and adults. While children between the age of 8-12 are monitored for dental issues and the potential use of straightening teeth, many dentists suggest waiting until your child is 13 or 14 to get Invisalign.
While this decision will vary care by case, part of the reason children shouldn't use Invisalign is due to the responsibility of maintenance and possible loss of the aligner tray. True, age does not guarantee an aligner won't get lost, but it may be wise to wait anyway.
7. Fixes Dental Issues
Dental issues vary for each person. Some of the alignment problems requiring braces or Invisalign include:
- Crowded Teeth
- Gap Teeth
- Misaligned Teeth
- Open bite
The use of orthodontics helps bite and crowding issues, which helps to decrease the rate of cavities and gum disease. Scheduling an appointment with your dental professional to discuss your treatment options is recommended. If you want to get Invisalign, then ask your dentist. He or she knows what treatment suits your individual needs.