Have you ever heard of Invisalign? If you’ve ever needed braces, you may have! But if you’re only now finding yourself in such a situation, then the product may be brand new to you. Invisalign is a lightweight, nearly invisible alternative to traditional metal braces. Like the name suggests, Invisalign can align your teeth while being unobtrusive and barely visible at all. The company advertises Invisalign as being more comfortable than traditional braces, and according to most user reports they are!
So how does Invisalign work? Is it similar to traditional braces? When people call it an “unobtrusive dental implant”, what exactly does that mean? Here are a few of the frequently asked questions:
1: Do These Work Like Traditional Braces?
In many ways, Invisalign is no different from traditional braces. The orthodontist will take x-rays and impressions of your teeth, and then send them off to the company to produce the product itself. Align Technology, the company behind Invisalign, then uses 3-d imaging software to custom-design the end result, tailored to the patient’s needs.
2: What Are They Made Of?
This is where Invisalign differs from traditional braces. They’re constructed out of a medical-grade plastic. This allows them to fit easily within your mouth without weighing it down or preventing future health problems from flakes and chips of metal.
3: How Often Are They Worn
Every patient is different, though the orthodontist will likely remove them every two weeks for readjustment. However, like traditional braces, they may have to stay on longer before they need that adjustment.
4: How Long Will They Have To Be Used?
Again, every patient is different. However, the average time is about one full year.
5: How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign works on the same principles that traditional braces use. That is, they rest on the teeth and pull together tightly enough to force the teeth to position themselves correctly. However, unlike traditional braces, Invisalign does not place undue stress on the teeth themselves. The lightweight medical grade plastic keeps your teeth safe while realigning them. This ensures that you will have straight, gorgeous teeth without having to worry about chips or cracks due to a mouth full of metal.