Invisalign: The Basics

Invisalign: The Basics

A close up of a woman smiling and revealing her Invisalign

Unlike the traditional braces, Invisalign is a modern tooth straightening option, which straightens your teeth using removable aligners that are virtually invisible. Not only is this option nearly invisible, but it is also custom-made to fit your teeth.

How Invisalign Works

Gradually, the aligners will cause your teeth to move – little by little – towards the desired final position.  Every two weeks, you are supposed to replace the aligners with a new set.

Depending on the degree of the teeth misalignment, as the treatment progresses, your teeth begin to straighten into their correct positions as prescribed by your dentist.

Advantages of Invisalign

Aesthetic benefits. What most patients like about Invisalign is the aesthetic advantage due to their near invisibility.  In fact, unless you tell it to someone, Invisalign aligners are hardly noticeable. Compared to clear braces whose brackets are visible, Invisalign retainers are transparent, thus nearly invisible.

Promote dental hygiene. Invisalign aligners are removable which undoubtedly make them more popular over traditional braces. Removing the aligners allows you to floss with ease and brush your teeth thoroughly. Removability eliminates the worry of having food particles trapped in the braces.

Maximum comfort. Instead of the sharp metal found in traditional braces, Invisalign is made of smooth, comfortable plastic. It is unlikely for Invisalign to irritate your gums and inner cheeks.

Disadvantages of Invisalign

It will not fix every case. Severely rotated teeth and other complex teeth issue may require fixed braces.

Success depends on the patient. Since they are removable, success with Invisalign depends almost entirely on the wearer. If you want them to work, you must wear them. Traditional braces win here because you do not have a choice in wearing them because they are not removable.

You can lose them. To minimize the risk of losing them, always put them in their protective case whenever you remove your aligners.

You now have the basics of what Invisalign is all about. Ultimately, consulting a specialist in a dentist office here in Boise will help you decide on the best option for your teeth.