Invisalign® Braces – The Virtually Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth
If you want to have straighter teeth but don’t want to have to wear metal braces, then Invisalign braces are the way to go. You’ll receive several different aligners that are both clear and removable that will straighten your teeth over a period of time, and you’ll wind up with a smile of your dreams.
You’ll find that Invisalign is quite capable of fixing the same dental and orthodontic problems that regular braces can. Those include crossbites, crooked teeth, gaps, overbites, protruding teeth, underbites, and overcrowding. If left unattended, one could get gum disease, painful jaw and joint problems, and their teeth could wear down.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
The first step will be to have an exam to see if you would benefit from using Invisalign. If that is indeed the case, then you will have photographs and X-rays taken of your bite, jaw, and teeth, along with a tooth impression. There will be more diagnostics to make certain that this is the right treatment path for you. After that, a customized plan will be drawn up for you, so that you know what timeline and methodology to follow. This is also the time where you will find what dental insurance will cover and what it will likely cost and how long it will probably take, though these will be estimates.
Once your plan has been compiled, everything will be sent to Invisalign®, including whatever instructions your dentist has. The people there at Invisalign will then craft your aligners to fit your mouth precisely, using 3-D computer technology. Depending on what plan your dentist comes up with, you could have as few as 18 aligners or up to or more than 30. You will wear each aligner for roughly two weeks before moving on to the next one – it’s a gradual process. The only time you will take the aligners out are to eat and brush your teeth – roughly 22 hours a day. Only you can wear these aligners since they are made specifically for your mouth.
You MUST follow your instructions exactly. Otherwise, you will dramatically decrease the chances of Invisalign working. If you stay the course, you’ll likely find yourself using it for a year, though it can be as short as nine months or as long as 15 months or more. These vary according to each individual situation.
The Benefits of Invisalign® Braces
The best thing about Invisalign is that you won’t have to worry about the “stigma” of having a mouth full of metal braces. Both teens and adults tend to view them in a negative light. Also, with traditional braces, you have to eschew certain foods and things like bubble gum – unless you like having to constantly have those braces rewired. If you have Invisalign®, you can eat and drink normally – just pop the aligners out while you eat… keep track of them though! Then you just put them back in after you’ve thoroughly brushed your teeth to avoid getting food particles in there.
Also, you’ll find that they are:
- More comfortable than traditional braces. While you will feel something – your teeth are being shifted around, after all – it won’t irritate your mouth like the metal braces. You’ll be able to walk around without worrying about anything poking or scratching your cheek or gums.
- Much easier to clean: When you have metal braces, you have to worry about things getting stuck in between and that can lead to cavities. With Invisalign, you can take out the aligner and brush and floss as you usually do. Since it’s a much easier task, you’ll be much more likely to take care of your teeth while others might be more apt to ignore their braces. Which makes for better dental visits, since you will probably have fewer, if any, cavities or gum disease. The aligners are easy to brush clean (sans toothpaste) each day.
- More food: People with metal braces will face a much more limited menu of foods that they can eat. Not so with Invisalign wearers. The only limitation is to drink water if the aligners are in your mouth. They can eat anything they want without anything breaking. Then, after brushing your teeth, pop them back in
- Fewer dental visits: Patients with metal braces tend to spend a lot of time visiting the dentist. The braces are forever having to be tweaked or tightened or fixed. Not so with Invisalign®. Since the aligners are shipped ahead of time, it’s easier to just follow a routine and you’ll have to see your dentist every six weeks. Metal brace wearers tend to have to go a lot more often. You’ll find yourself spending your afternoons much more constructively with the aligners.
- Not as noticeable: One thing people with metal braces hate is that it draws attention to the fact that they are having orthodontic work being done on their mouth. Those who have Invisalign can count on it hardly being noticed, which will boost their confidence a LOT. They will be willing to smile much more often and be seen as being outgoing as opposed to being shy.
Hearing that you need orthodontic work is enough to make anyone nervous. After all, you’re the one looking at having something in your mouth for a period of months. Invisalign, though, lets you do that privately. There won’t be any obvious metal braces, and your smile will gradually become straighter and straighter. Your self-confidence will skyrocket while you can live your life as you normally do.
If you do pick Invisalign, it means you want a stronger, healthier smile. Dr. Shaista Najmi is a Invisalign Braces provider in Jacksonville, Florida and will be able to give thorough answers to any questions that you might have.
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