The best way to describe an attractive smile would include white color and straight alignment. Crooked teeth can interfere with self-esteem because they are unsightly and hinder proper speech. There are many ways physicians at Emerson Dental Arts fix teeth misalignment, including the use of braces. However, many patients do not like wearing these metal fences and would appreciate a treatment like Invisalign involving clear aligners because they are invisible but can restore teeth’ alignment.
What is Invisalign?
Clear aligners are a potential orthodontic treatment of malocclusion. Invisalign is a brand of clear aligners whose production involves SmartTrack, thermoplastic material with optimal flexibility.
The main benefit of Invisalign over other orthodontic treatments is its less conspicuousness. Invisibility may be an exaggeration, but these aligners are clear, tight fittings on your teeth and are less noticeable than braces.
What types of dental concerns do physicians recommend for clear aligners?
There is a wide spectrum of dental issues that Invisalign can fix. Patients with crowding and spacing issues can benefit from the procedure because it aims to improve alignments. Bite concerns can also improve upon the implementation of Invisalign treatment. Some of the main dental problems patients seek restoration using Invisalign include:
- Overbite and underbite
- Open bite
What are the pros and cons of Invisalign?
Patients should consult a dentist before getting clear aligners. A dentist usually explains the pros and cons of Invisalign to help patients evaluate if the treatment is right for them. The following are the pros of Invisalign:
Aesthetic: Unlike the brackets and wires and braces, which are easily noticeable to other people, a patient does not have to worry about people staring at their mouth when speaking or talking because this treatment involves clear aligners that blend seamlessly with underlying teeth.
Flexibility: A patient can easily remove clear aligners from their teeth to rest their mouth.
Ease of hygiene: it is difficult for patients with braces to clean their teeth because the tenses usually store food debris. However, a patient can maintain thorough hygiene because Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing patients ample time to clean them and brush their teeth, thus preventing diseases.
Predictability: Invisalign treatment involves special imaging technology that allows patients to see possible treatment outcomes after completing the process.
Fewer complications: Patients with braces need to visit the doctor for regular checkups, especially when brackets fall off, and wires break.
The following are cons of Invisalign:
Cannot treat complex dental concerns: Invisalign can treat many issues. However, the treatment provides specific teeth movement and is thus perfect for certain types of dental problems but not all. For example, patients with bridgework cannot benefit from Invisalign.
Requires commitment: Unlike braces that patients wear throughout the process, Invisalign aligners are removable. To achieve maximum results, patients should comply with treatment and wear the fittings for at least 22 hours.
Soreness: Patients may experience mild soreness after removing their aligners. This side effect limits food choices as patients need to chew on softer alternatives that will minimize discomfort to teeth.
Contact your dentist for more information on Invisalign and what to expect to analyze if it is the right treatment option for your misalignment.