Invisalign aligners have become the modern way to achieve an attractive smile. According to data collected directly by Invisalign, some 10 million people, more than 1.4 million of whom are teens, have used these clear aligners to reach that goal. Those considering this route may wonder whether they are good candidates for Invisalign.
Understanding the Invisalign Process
Invisalign aligners were developed and approved in the 1990s and were soon accepted as an alternative to braces as a means of correcting orthodontic anomalies. Although their goals are the same, aligners are different in terms of the process used. Conventional braces employ wires and brackets to move teeth into the desired position. The Invisalign method employs a series of clear devices that are replaced over a period of time. The process begins with the orthodontist taking a digital scan of the patient’s mouth. The aligners, also referred to as trays, are produced from this three-dimensional image.
The Advantages of Invisalign Aligners
The trays are changed about every two or three weeks, with each one slightly different from the others. This differs from the use of conventional braces, which are worn constantly during the straightening process. The aligners can be physically removed every day, making it easier when brushing and flossing. Additionally, those using aligners can avoid many of the eating limitations placed on the wearers of braces. The straightening process also takes less time than needed with conventional braces. The actual time can range from between 10 months and two years, although it can be as short as six months.
The Invisalign Demographic
The Invisalign method is best suited for adults and older teens with moderate alignment problems. These include teeth that are crooked or crowded together and such vertical alignment anomalies as overbites and underbites. They are particularly useful for those who are self-conscious when it comes to correcting their teeth. This is because Invisalign aligners are, as implied by the name, virtually invisible from the outside. This allows their wearers the opportunity to face their dental problems without revealing them to others.
A discussion with an orthodontist can help you decide whether Invisalign aligners are compatible with your particular situation. An orthodontic specialist can advise you on every issue, including expected costs. If you’re ready to get on the path to an attractive smile, call us today! Dr. David Ross is an elite top 1% Invisalign provider.