If your teeth are crooked, then they can be straightened through the help of metal braces. While this was your sole option in the past, many people – particularly self-conscious teens – are choosing a different straightening method: Invisalign.
Invisalign can help with issues such as overbites, underbites, gaps in between teeth and crowded teeth. It works by using trays of aligners to shift your teeth and move them into their final position. The teeth move 0.25 mm per tray, and you use each tray for two weeks. They are easy to use – just put them in your mouth and you’re good to go!
Most people use Invisalign for about 12 months, but this will depend on the severity of your case. Dr. Monica Gobran can help you create a treatment plan.
Invisalign offers many benefits to teens and adults who desire straighter teeth and a more aesthetically pleasing smile. The most obvious benefit is that Invisalign is clear, so it’s barely noticeable, unlike the unsightly brackets from metal braces. Invisalign is also comfortable. It works similar to a mouthguard, and since there are no brackets or wires, you don’t have to deal with pokes and nicks from loose wires or brackets rubbing up against your lips, cheeks, and tongue.
Another advantage of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable. This means you can eat whatever you want, without worrying about food getting stuck in your braces. Just remove the aligner when eating, brushing and flossing.
Invisalign keeps teeth cleaner. Maintenance is minimal compared to metal braces, which can take you a long time to clean since traditional toothbrushes and floss don’t work well to remove food stuck in brackets and in between teeth. There are some disadvantages of Invisalign. It can be inconvenient since you have to remove the aligner every time you eat. This can be embarrassing if you eat out in public.
The Invisalign system uses a series of aligners, and each time you get a new aligner, you will feel pressure as your teeth move. This can be painful, and many people have to take over the counter pain medication to alleviate the discomfort. It can be easy to lose your aligner since it comes out like a retainer. Braces stay in your mouth permanently until the dentist removes them, so you don’t have to worry about not wearing them enough. This is an issue with Invisalign, which has to be worn at least 22 hours a day for best results.