Invisalign: The Convenient Alternative to Braces

Misaligned and crooked teeth can have a severe effect on one's self-confidence and can also make it difficult to practice proper dental hygiene. Invisalign braces are clear plastic aligners that offer a convenient method of treatment for correcting misaligned and crooked teeth. The other option is metal braces, which are not always preferred for a number of reasons: metal braces cannot be removed at any time, and they can be very uncomfortable and cause irritation to gums. 

Invisalign is almost completely invisible to the naked eye and can be comfortably worn throughout the day without any irritation to the gums. The best part is that these aligners can be easily taken off when one wants to eat or drink, meaning that there is no interference to one's eating habits due to braces. Here is some important information about Invisalign.

It's completely safe and has no protruding wire

Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign doesn't have any kind of wire attached to the aligners. Wire in traditional braces can cause scratches inside the mouth and hence can be quite painful. Additionally, metal braces do have some effect on the normal mineralisation of teeth and can cause minerals to actually be lost from the teeth, making them structurally weak. Invisalign has no such side effects and does not damage the teeth in any way. 

The treatment process is painless

Traditional metal braces require periodic tightening of metal brackets and even emergency appointments when brackets fall off unexpectedly. This makes these braces unpopular and makes the process frustrating for the patient. Invisalign only requires users to visit their specialist orthodontist once every two weeks so that a new mould of the person's teeth can be taken for the adjusted aligners. The aligners do have to be well taken care of and regularly cleaned according to the dentist's instructions. 

In comparison to metal braces, Invisalign does not take as long to show its effect. Some people find that their teeth are aligned just 6 months after they begin treatment. For others, it may take slightly longer. However, the duration is always less than that of metal braces.  

What happens when the treatment is complete?

Once the treatment is complete the specialist will assess the teeth and may recommend a retainer. The retainer may be a fixed retainer or a removable retainer. Fixed retainers consist of a metal wire that is glued to the teeth. 

Always consult your dentist for professional advice before embarking on any new treatment. 

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Hello, my name is Fran. I have recently been discharged from hospital following a car accident. My injuries were pretty severe so I was on a ward for quite a long time. While I was in there, I learnt an awful lot about the different medical procedures people undergo. I got quite friendly with the doctors and during the quieter moments they would chat with me and explain not only my own medical problems but also more general conditions. When I left the hospital, I got a medical textbook from the library and began to educate myself. I decided to start this blog to share what I have learnt.