Invisalign is the clear brace technology that has taken the dental cosmetic market by storm. Using advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign enables a complete treatment plan from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position.
The process starts with the dentist taking an impression of your teeth, from which clear aligners – wearable plastic trays that are the modern equivalent of traditional wires-and-bracket braces – are custom-made.
Thanks to the impression models, each aligner is fabricated based on the exact dimensions of your teeth so that they fit perfectly.
Each aligner is to be worn on your teeth for about two weeks, before being replaced by the next one in the series. By exerting constant minute forces, the aligners are calibrated to gradually move your teeth to the ideal position.
There are many reasons why patients opt for this cutting, minimally invasive method of teeth straightening – in fact, Invisalign has transformed more than five million smiles, and counting.
You don’t have to be a teenager or young adult to want straight and beautiful teeth. Invisalign braces are ideal for adults looking for a solution that integrates easily into their everyday lives.
Let’s look at the top five reasons why Invisalign is still so popular in 2021:
Reason #1: More comfortable than traditional braces
Made from medical grade plastic, the aligners are smooth and do not irritate your lips, cheeks and gums. The wires and brackets of traditional braces have a tendency of inducing mild to severe discomforts. They can prick the sensitive soft tissues of your gums and the inner walls of your lips and mouth.
By comparison, Invisalign aligners are considered “the gentler option”.
Reason #2: Removable aligners
Apart from the appearance factor, the other common gripe about traditional braces is that they make it difficult for wearers to eat certain types of food. Traditional brace wearers fear that the food particles may get trapped in the crevices between the wires and brackets, making it almost impossible to clean afterwards.
This fact that Invisalign aligners are removable makes it a godsend for those who wish to eat normally and clean their teeth without any dental appliance getting in the way. Removable aligners also do not trap food particles and are also easier to clean.
For optimal results, the aligners must be worn for the majority of the day but they may be removed for an hour or two each day. This gives you the freedom to eat, brush and floss as you normally would.
Reason #3: Faster treatment
To a dental patient, orthodontics is not exactly the easiest of treatments simply because it involves a lengthy process.
While it may take traditional braces – that involve metal bands, brackets and wires – between two to three years to correct misalignment issues, Invisalign aligners typically require less than a year to complete. Of course, the treatment duration also depends on factors such as extent of teeth misalignment and the patient’s dental history.
It needs to be said that Invisalign is not meant to treat every orthodontic case, but for the most part, presents a suitable option for those with mild to moderate alignment problems.
Reason #4: Ease of use
As mentioned, the Invisalign treatment process involves the placement of transparent aligners over the patient’s teeth. Using a series of aligners, this simple procedure is repeated on a fortnightly basis, changing from one aligner to the next until you complete the entire series.
The aligners are designed to move the teeth to their desired position in progressive increments. Compared to traditional braces, they do not interfere with the wearer’s lifestyle or daily activities.
Reason #5: Discreet method of straightening your teeth
This is probably the main reason why Invisalign is considered one of the most popular brands in cosmetic dentistry.
The fact that Invisalign aligners are made from clear plastic makes it the choice orthodontic method for those who wish to undergo the treatment without drawing unwanted attention to their teeth.
The invisible aligners make it almost impossible to tell if someone is wearing the braces. That’s why celebrities are known to use invisible braces to conceal their teeth correcting procedure.
Being a lot less noticeable than traditional braces, Invisalign aligner wearers don’t have to put up with nasty nicknames such as “Tin Grin” and “Metal Mouth”.