When we first heard of Invisalign, we were given the notion that it is like magic that can perfect your teeth alignment no matter how complex it may be. It offers the promise of unnoticeable orthodontic treatment that is effective and is not hard on the budget. But really, how does Invisalign work?
How does Invisalign work? The product
The Invisalign system is an orthodontic process of wearing a series of clear, removable aligners made with medical-grade thermoplastic that progressively straighten your teeth. It is developed and introduced in 1997 by Align Technology, Inc., an American company headquartered in California.
How does Invisalign work? The difference
For a long time, the only way to correct a patient’s bite and teeth alignment is through the use of traditional dental braces. Metal brackets and wires are used by dentists and orthodontists to gradually move the teeth to their correct positions. However, undergoing such treatment was a bit uncomfortable especially to beginners. Some also complain of the aesthetic aspect of the procedure as it seems unappealing for a patient to wear these elaborate metal pieces and gears glued to your teeth. With the development of the Invisalign system, some of the problems or complaints patients have with traditional braces get solved. Here are some of the notable differences they have:
- The Invisalign system uses clear thermoplastic aligners similar to teeth whitening trays, instead of using the bracket-and-wire system.
- It is smooth and almost invisible, whereas traditional braces draw everyone’s attention.
- They are removable dental aligners where braces are fixed to the teeth.
- Invisalign is more hygienic to use since you can remove it to clean your teeth, whereas brushing and flossing your teeth with dental braces give you limited space for those hard-to-reach edges and spaces.
How does Invisalign work? The process
The Invisalign system uses a series of aligners that slowly but progressively change the position of the teeth into their ideal location. During the initial appointment, the Invisalign-trained dentist or orthodontist will get impressions, scans, and images of the patient’s teeth. The dentist then creates a 3D treatment plan, based on the problems that the patient would like to be solved and the things that the dentist noticed that need to be addressed to effectively improve the patient’s oral health. The 3D treatment plan can also show what would be the expected final tooth position by the end of the treatment. Customised Invisalign aligners will then be made and then transported to your dentist, who then gives you a series of aligners, usually 3 or 4 sets at a time. You will then be advised to replace each set approximately every 1 to 2 weeks until the final position of the teeth is reached.
Now that you know how Invisalign works and how different it is from dental braces, we hope that we helped you choose between the two orthodontic options. We still advise you to get the recommendation of your trusted dentist or orthodontist so that they can better guide you in determining which procedure would accurately address your dental concerns and issues.