Posted on: 3 May 2016
If you are planning to have your misaligned teeth straightened, your orthodontist may provide you with multiple options, such as traditional metal braces, lingual braces, self-ligating braces or Invisalign. Invisalign offers multiple benefits to people who choose this particular orthodontic option. Here are a few of those advantages:
Invisalign is removable.
Before having an orthodontic appliance applied to their teeth, many people may give little thought to whether or not the orthodontic device is removable. However, eating with braces can be cumbersome, as the particles of food become trapped in the brackets. In addition, a patient may require special tools to ensure that he or she can clean his or her teeth properly, because it is necessary to navigate around the brackets and other hardware of the braces.
Unlike most other orthodontic options, Invisalign aligning trays can be removed. The trays fit into the mouth like a rigid mouth guard. Thus, the patient can insert them and remove them at will. Still, Invisalign is designed to remain on the teeth for the majority of the day, so it is best to only remove the appliance to brush, floss or eat.
Invisalign is clear.
One concern of people who need to have their teeth straightened is the discretion of the appliance. Many people are not comfortable having large metal brackets displayed each time they speak, eat or smile. With Invisalign, there are no brackets. Instead, the system consists of multiple sets of aligning trays. Each set of trays is designed to be worn for a couple of weeks. After that time, the current set of aligners is exchanged for the next set in the alignment progression plan of the patient.
Since the aligning trays are made of clear plastic, the teeth of the patient can be seen through the clear trays. As a result, Invisalign is barely noticeable when worn.
Invisalign does not require archwire adjustments.
Many people who have worn traditional braces can recall the discomfort associated with an archwire adjustment. With traditional braces, the arch wire is connected to the brackets of the braces using elastic bands to apply alignment force to the brackets and force the teeth to shift into their proper position. Periodically, the orthodontist will adjust the archwire or tighten it to continue the alignment progression of the patient.
With Invisalign, since there is no archwire, there is no need for an orthodontic adjustment. Instead, the patient just progresses to the next set of a aligners in his or her treatment plan.
To learn more ways that Invisalign can be advantageous, schedule an appointment with an orthodontist like one from Janzen Janzen & Chwa Orthodontics Ltd in your area.Share