Unlike the traditional braces that you cannot take off, Invisalign aligners can be taken off at will. There is much less irritation as there are no wires that can break and no sharp edges. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. They should be worn for about 20 to 22 hours a day for optimal effect.
The plastic is BPA free and friendly for your teeth and surrounding tissues. The aligners do not irritate your gums and other surrounding tissue, making them a more comfortable choice than braces. There are no wires that can break and cause discomfort. You can do sports without fear of impacting your mouth and hurting yourself on braces – just remove the aligner and play on! What’s beautiful about this method is that there is no need to avoid certain types of food. Generally it is recommended that when wearing braces people do not eat chewy food, popcorn, toffee or fruit such as apples. There are no such limitations with Invisalign, as you just take the aligners off before eating. But besides these upsides, the most important one is definitely how discreet Invisalign is. As there are no conspicuous wires and ugly brackets, Invisalign is a perfect choice if you want others not to know you’re straightening your teeth. Invisalign aligners are clear and transparent, making them almost invisible. You can smile, talk and socialize without fear of someone suspecting anything. It’s definitely a better option if you’re looking for convenience.
The aligners are personalized based on the shape of your teeth. The dentist will create a 3-D model which serves as a template for making the aligners. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. Each successive aligner is made so that it shifts your teeth for a bit towards the perfect smile. You’ll achieve a great smile with very little interference in your daily life. You won’t have to do much adjustments to your daily routine. What’s more, it doesn’t require as many visits to the orthodontist, so you’ll be saving some of your time there too. Visits are scheduled approximately every six weeks, as compared to once a month for braces.
The aligners are easy to clean, too. Just pop them out and brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Performing daily oral hygiene becomes a breeze as well, as you simply remove the aligner before brushing, flossing and rinsing with a mouthwash. Because they are easier to clean, there is less of a risk for the development of cavities and gingivitis when using Invisalign. There are no nooks and crannies that you cannot properly clean, as there can be with conventional metal braces.
Sometimes a dentist will prescribe that you use special retainers after finishing treatment, to better lock that new, corrected smile so that teeth don’t shift back into their uncorrected places. This depends on the severity of misalignment and other factors. Invisalign is also available for teens, which is a boon for young people in the most sensitive periods of their lives. Invisalign is the most stress-free option for them, as most teens fear that they will be bullied or ostracized if they wear conventional braces. Not only that, but Invisalign Teen program pays attention to teens’ needs and their active lifestyles and offers them up to four replacement aligners, should they lose them.