For years, if you wanted to have that picture perfect smile you had endure the dreaded metal mouth. Thankfully, times they are a changin’ with the help of Invisalign. Unlike the unsightly and painful metal braces of yore, Invisalign offers patients an affordable alternative.
How does Invisalign work? By using advance 3-D imaging technology, Invisalign determines a complete treatment plan from the initial position to the desired results. Once a plan has been made, custom clear aligners are made for your teeth based on these results. Each aligner is designed for a specific stage and works for a couple weeks before being replaced for the next aligner in the series. This causes your teeth to gradually move into the proper position.
One of the biggest benefits of choosing Invisalign is that the aligners are clear so most people won’t even be able to tell you are wearing them in the first place. However, the benefits do not stop there. There are many benefits to the clear aligners, including improvements to oral hygiene habits that will last a lifetime.
Unlike traditional metal braces that require a lot of painstakingly tedious maintenance, Invisalign is low maintenance. Studies have shown that oral hygiene improves with Invisalign over braces due to the fact that there is less of a chance for food to be trapped around the small edges of the brackets. Simply just remove the aligners before you eat or drink. Just remember to brush and floss before putting the aligners back in.
In addition, Invisalign does not require any metal brackets or wires, so you never need to worry about the aligners irritating your mouth. Which means that you will spend less time in the orthodontist’s chair, as you will not need to come in for routine adjustments. Just remove trays to eat, brush, floss and clean the trays to avoid an odor residue. If this important aspect is overlooked, it could mean the growth of bacteria in the aligners, which would then transfer onto the teeth. If this protocol is not followed, it could lead to more serious dental conditions such as plaque overbuild, gingivitis, tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, just to name a few.
Bottom line. Practicing good oral hygiene along with proper wear of your Invisalign braces will ensure a smile that will last a lifetime.