What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is somewhat of a new concept, but it has become a popular choice for teeth straightening in recent years. Invisalign uses a very different method to straighten teeth; unlike traditional braces which are typically made with metal wires and brackets, Invisalign is translucent and they are made from clear trays. These clear trays are barely visible and are removable for easy cleaning.
Patients with Invisalign get the same results as traditional braces, but without the hassle. With traditional braces you are discouraged from eating many foods, including popcorn, gum, potato chips and apples. These foods can get caught up in the braces and make them difficult to clean. Even patients who carefully clean and brush their teeth after ever meal typically walk away with numerous cavities when their braces are removed. This isn’t the case with Invisalign.
Is Invisalign Right for You?
Invisalign isn’t for everybody. If you are looking for faster results, traditional braces will sometimes work faster than Invisalign; the more frequently you remove Invisalign the longer it will take for you to see results. The price can be prohibitive for some as well. Traditional braces can cost anywhere from $2500 to $5000 whereas Invisalign can someties cost more because of higher lab fees. There is also a longer waiting period for Invisalign, typically around 6 weeks from the time your dentist sends your molds in.
There are also many benefits to using Invisalign. Traditional braces are unattractive and cumbersome, which can be embarrassing. This is especially true for adults who are seeking orthodontic corrections, as it is more uncommon and therefore more noticeable. Aligners are also less damaging to your teeth as there are fewer things glued to the teeth, and most of the product can be removed.
The best way to figure out whether or not Invisalign is right for you is to discuss it with your dentist. He or she can give you a more detailed picture of what to expect so you can make a fully informed choice. Regardless of which option you choose, it is important to make sure that your teeth are correctly aligned. Correctly aligned teeth will alleviate many dental problems, including problems with speech, chewing, jaw issues, increased tooth enamel wear and improper bite. Invisalign addresses all of these concerns and once you are finished you will have the confidence of a beautiful smile and improved dental health.