If your teeth have become overcrowded and misaligned over time and you are finding it difficult to keep them clean, or if you’re feeling insecure about your smile, you might need braces. What immediately comes to mind is big metal brackets and wires – and who wants that? But actually, Invisalign braces make a very discreet option for teeth alignment.
How is Invisalign different to traditional braces?
Invisalign braces are clear, removable braces that are made to fit over your teeth like a glove. They are completely different to the traditional metal fixed braces that you have tightened by your orthodontist and they are almost invisible as the name implies.
Invisalign braces are hardly noticeable, except perhaps on close inspection, and who’s going to be inspecting your teeth other than yourself? They are removable so that you can keep your teeth beautifully clean and also eat comfortably.
How does Invisalign work?
The Invisalign process involves many different braces, each for a different stage of treatment. They are changed every few weeks, and each brace moves your teeth a very small amount. Then the next brace moves your teeth again. It is a gradual process and usually takes between 9 and 15 months. You will probably use between 18 and 30 Invisalign braces during this time, but obviously the exact number depends on each individual case.
It is important that Invisalign braces be worn for 22 hours a day to ensure that you get the best results from your treatment. This means that even though they are removable, they should only be taken out to eat and brush your teeth, and then should be immediately replaced.
Does Invisalign hurt?
As with all braces you might feel some mild discomfort during treatment. Your teeth are, after all, being pushed into new positions, and this is not possible without some pressure. However, unlike traditional braces, there is no tugging or tightening of wires and even better, no metal brackets on your teeth that often catch your skin and cause ulcers.
Are they right for me?
Invisalign braces can be slightly more expensive than traditional braces, but one advantage is that they actually work much quicker, as traditional braces need to be worn for around two years. Another advantage is that they are discreet and don’t alter your appearance as drastically as metal brackets and wires. Invisalign braces are not suitable for everyone, for example people with bridgework or patients who need teeth rotating or moving vertically. They are also unsuitable for people who feel they lack the discipline to wear them for the full 22 hours of the day.
The best way to find out if Invisalign braces are the best choice for you is to make an appointment at Kissdental and talk to one of our experts.