Who doesn’t want to have straight teeth? But not many people look forward to the discomfort and inconvenience of traditional braces — metal bands irritating your lips, wires poking your cheeks, having to avoid certain foods, and the difficulty of getting your teeth and braces really clean.
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— Invisalign®. Instead of metal bands and wires, Invisalign® uses a computer-designed series of clear plastic “aligners” to move the teeth into the desired location. The results are the same, without all the metal and all the aggravation.
What Is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is an alternative orthodontic system. Instead of using bands cemented to the teeth with wires strung through them, Invisalign® uses a series of clear aligners. The patient wears each aligner for about two weeks, from 20-22 hours per day. But, unlike braces, the aligners can be removed when eating and for brushing and flossing.
Traditional braces create movement by adjusting the pull of the wires and using various rubber bands. This leads to a fair degree of soreness every month for a few days after the wires are tightened.
Invisalign® aligners are designed using the system’s 3D computer imaging software. This projects the necessary movement necessary and designs the series of aligners to gradually move the teeth. Each series of upper and lower aligners gently move the teeth closer and closer to the end position. After wearing a set of aligners for a couple of weeks, the pair is replaced by the next pair. This process continues until the teeth are aligned and in position.
Invisalign® is very comfortable. The aligners fit snugly onto your teeth. Movement is achieved with much less daily irritation from bands and wires, and each successive aligner doesn’t create the soreness associated with “tightening” wires and changing to new rubber bands with traditional braces.
What Teeth Alignment Problems Can Be Handled With Clear Braces?
Invisalign® can handle most orthodontic needs. This system can’t be used in cases where severe movement needs to be accomplished, but most mild to moderate cases are perfect for Invisalign®. Here are problems Dr. Siegelman and Dr. Currier use Invisalign® to correct with his patients:
- Gaps between teeth
- Crowded teeth
What Are The Advantages Of Invisalign® Over Traditional Braces?
Invisalign® has many advantages over traditional braces:
- Cosmetic appeal — Aligners are virtually invisible, even from close up.
- Less discomfort — Invisalign® doesn’t have wires to poke your cheeks or bands to rub on your lips.
- Easy hygiene — For brushing and flossing, simply remove the aligner.
- Eat whatever you want — No more need to cut off corn on the cob or avoid chewy foods.
- Greater flexibility — Play trumpet in the band? Simply remove your aligner when practicing.
- No tightening sessions — Simply switch to the next aligner in the series every couple weeks.
- Little or no impact on daily life — Invisalign® basically allows the patient to eat, brush, and live normally, all the while straightening his or her teeth.
How does Invisalign® compare to braces?
The Invisalign aligners are removed when eating thereby allowing maximum flexibility with eating. This differs from fixed braces where care with eating is required and hard foods have to be avoided or modified in the way they are eaten ie: cutting apples into wedges before they are consumed.
In addition, the Invisalign aligners are removed when cleaning your teeth, making this process a breeze compared to toothbrushing and using floss with braces.
Unlike braces, the Invisalign aligners do not have any projecting hooks, and are thinner than the width of the mini-braces that we use, so our patients universally find Invisalign to be a very comfortable appliance, more so than braces.
Will Invisalign® affect my speaking?
There can be some slight speech changes with the ‘s’and ‘th’sounds after the Invisalign aligners are first fitted. This quickly returns to normal within a few days as the aligners mainly only cover your teeth surfaces and do not extend onto the gums. If you are concerned with this aspect, you may arrange to have the 1st series of the Invisalign aligners fitted at the end of your work week.