What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign, also known as invisible braces, is a type of removable orthodontic appliance that help to straighten teeth by way of a hidden series of aligners worn during waking hours. These aligners are removable and require a dentist’s help to remove them. The teeth can be adjusted using invisible brackets over a 2–6-month period to correct or reduce crowding or misalignment of the teeth, which can lead to missing teeth, broken teeth, or gum disease. The aligners are made of a plastic material that can be easily shaped to fit around the teeth and molds over the teeth. When removed, the aligner returns to its original color and shape.
The person who wears these aligners, known as an “Invisalign patient,” has the impression of their teeth made by a health care provider. It is when a plastic alignment product is molded from a plastic resin and then polished to create an impression of the teeth.
Pros of Using Invisalign
Although the orthodontic procedure of Invisalign is more expensive than traditional braces, it’s still cheaper than any treatment that requires a second set of braces. Invisalign is an excellent alternative to traditional braces because it is removable. Invisalign can also be taken off at night to brush your teeth. It is a feasible option for adults and teenagers who want straighter teeth without the embarrassment of traditional braces. In addition, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, which means they are a much more subtle option than conventional braces. Indeed, it makes it all the more likely that you’ll be able to wear aligners all day long.
Furthermore, Invisalign is much more comfortable than traditional braces. Traditional braces can get caught or get in the way when you eat or drink something. The unique aligners only touch the surface of the teeth, unlike conventional braces, which can dig into your gums and leave you vulnerable to gum disease.
Cons of Using Invisalign
The main disadvantage of wearing Invisalign aligners is that they are recommended to be worn for 20-22 hours each day. If the “patient” does not wear their aligners the entire day, there is a chance that their teeth will not be straightened. Furthermore, if the patient does not wear their aligners for all 20-22 hours, it will lead to tooth movement and, therefore, the need for re-aligning up to 6 months later. Lacking in this discipline may most likely lead to a tremendous loss of progress in the overall treatment. Indiscipline can become a severe problem, especially when more time is required to complete the entire treatment.
Although Invisalign is removable, it may not be as convenient to wear as traditional braces. The patient must remove Invisalign before meals and wear them again after dinner. It may be inconvenient, especially for those with short-term memory or who are easily distracted. Some patients may forget to wear their aligners which may cause their teeth to shift or move.
It is not advised to wear Invisalign while swimming, which may be an inconvenience, especially during the summertime when most swimmers and pool-goers love to wear their bathing suits. In addition, it is also not advised to play contact sports while wearing Invisalign aligners. Furthermore, Invisalign is not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
The cost of Invisalign will vary based on how long your treatment is and what type of complexity you’re working with. However, it may cost around $5000 or more.