Sometimes, trends and the next big thing can be a bit hard to understand; why on earth were perms the hairdo to have in the 1980s for example?
But then, the next big thing comes around the corner, and it’s easy to see why it takes off. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the world of adult orthodontics.
In the last 10 years, a myriad of different braces and aligners have come on to the dental market, allowing adult and teenage patients to get the straighter teeth they want without the inconvenience of metal braces. And while there are a few recognisable brand names in the aligner family, in this article, the world-famous Invisalign will be the focus.
So, why is Invisalign so popular?
As obvious as it sounds, this is truly an invisible aligner!
Made from firm, clear plastic, these invisible braces Sydney CBD slot over the top of your teeth and immediately blend in. They are custom-fitted to the movements that your teeth need to take to straighten and so, the aligner will never fall out or move unexpectedly. When it does begin to feel loose, it is time to move onto the next Invisalign aligner in the sequence.
A removable appliance that straightens your teeth?
Yes, Invisalign (and some other invisible aligners) are removable, allowing you to eat the wide range of foods that you want to without concerns about them getting stuck in your brace. The easy removal also allows you to maintain a high level of oral hygiene, as you simply remove the aligner to brush and floss.
And as tempting as it is to keep a removable brace out of your mouth, you must keep your Invisalign aligners in your mouth for at least 22 hours per day for them to work. Your dentist will be able to advise you on a precise wear time based on your individual case.
OK, clarity where it is due, there is no such thing as comfortable orthodontics and while Invisalign is easier to wear than a metal brace, it does apply pressure to the teeth.
If you look online at reviews of this aligner, you will see the word ‘comfort’ appearing frequently; usually, patients who have worn metal braces have made the transition to Invisalign and can attest to the difference in sensation.
So, all in all, it is a comfortable aligner!
Depending on the severity of your misalignment, Invisalign can straighten your teeth in 3-6 months on average. This makes them ideal to undertake if you have a wedding coming up that you want to look your best for.
Remember, this is an average and your dentist can advise you on a more specified time frame.
It’s achieved results around the world
Invisalign has provided patients with their desired smiles in 96% plus of all cases it has been used in, making it just as competive as the traditional metal brace.
Just be sure to wear your retainer post-treatment to avoid tooth alignment relapsing!
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.