Straighten Your Teeth discretely with Invisalign

Some people would rather live with their crooked teeth than wear the traditional metal braces, which aside from being uncomfortable and unflattering, can also result to dental hygiene problems. For younger people, wearing braces has been considered a rite of passage and although it is quite embarrassing for them, they have learned to accept the stigma that comes with it. But with adults, it is a totally different story. The good news is there is an effective way to straighten crooked teeth without suffering through the humiliation of traditional braces. Invisalign, an invisible orthodontic treatment system, has been found to be effective in fixing crooked teeth safely, conveniently and most importantly, discretely.

Clearstep, a company based in the United Kingdom, has also introduced transparent aligners, similar to Invisalign, known as Invincible Braces. These braces works by positioning your teeth into a desired position without the use of the traditional bracket-wire-rubber band contraption.

Invisible Braces Advantages:

Discrete
Compared to metal braces, patients will be delighted with the transparent aligners that are specially made to fit their teeth perfectly. These patients will not feel self-conscious or embarrassed since these aligners will barely be noticeable to other people. You can discretely hide the fact that you are under orthodontic treatment.

Comfortable
Invisalign braces will certainly provide patients with more comfort. Compared to the metal braces, these invisible braces will not cause any damage to the gum tissues of the patient as well as result to sores normally associated with traditional braces.

Convenient
Surprisingly, Invisalign is removable. Patients so not have to worry about food getting stuck or lodged in between the wires or brackets. And because these aligners is removable, you can even brush your teeth properly after each meal. Traditional braces do not allow this and sometimes result to problems with oral hygiene like bad breath or gum diseases. Patients can actually enjoy eating and also let them maintain an oral hygiene program that is easy to accomplish.

In conclusion, the Invisalign process is simple. All you have to do is go through the different set of aligner sets every couple of weeks, only removing them when you eat and brush your teeth. Each time you change aligners, you will notice that your teeth is slowly being repositioned. Your orthodontist will only have to see you every six weeks to check progress and you will be surprised at how smoothly the treatment plan will proceed. Your friends would not even notice you were wearing aligners until the day that you flash them your brilliant smile and perfectly-aligned teeth.

Teeth Problems that Invisible Braces Can Fix

  • Overly-crowded Teeth: there are instances when the teeth are too close to one another, resulting not only to a crooked appearance but also over-crowded-look. With invisible braces, the teeth will be gradually-moved into a perfectly-straight line. Naturally, the treatment plan will involve the opening up of spaces in between teeth, therefore allowing the re-positioning.
  • Widely-spaced Teeth: having teeth that are spaced widely-apart is also a problem for some people. Having gaps between the teeth is almost as embarrassing as having crooked teeth. Invisible braces can also fix this problem by using a treatment plan that will slowly yet effectively move teeth to the desired position.
  • Underbites: this is a condition wherein the lower teeth are sticking out and your upper teeth look pushed back. With the transparent aligners that come with invisible braces, this condition can be treated based on a comprehensive treatment plan that will correctly re-position teeth.

 

Use of Invisalign Treatment

Although Invisalign has been clinically-proven to be effective, there are certain teeth conditions that will require advanced or extensive treatment. This is the reason why an Invisalign-certified orthodontist or dentist should be consulted, in order to determine whether or not your dental needs can be addressed by invisible braces. For extreme cases, some dentists still advice the traditional metal braces or the more discrete lingual braces.

How the Invisalign Procedure Works:

To understand the treatment involving Invisalign, here are the basic steps.

  1. Check Up: an orthodontist who has been certified to use Invisalign treatment should be consulted. This dentist will take dental impressions and also pictures of the teeth.
  2. Computer Simulation: using a specially-patented software program, a simulation of the teeth will be created. The simulation will display how the teeth will be repositioned at every step of the treatment plan, until the teeth are straightened.
  3. Approval of Treatment Plan: once the simulation is complete and approved by the Invisalign expert, a treatment plan will be drafted detailing the design of the aligner sets.
  4. Manufacture of the Aligners: using the latest in stereolithography technology, custom-moulded, transparent aligners will be manufactured. Of course, these aligners will be made based on the approved treatment plan. Each aligner set is designed to be used for two weeks, following the different stages of the treatment plan.
  5. Start of Treatment: after the aligner sets are completed, they will be sent to the orthodontist who requested them. They will now be given to the patient and together with these aligners are the instructions.
  6. Check Ups: each time the patient completed a stage in the treatment plan and the teeth are moving accordingly, the next set of aligners will be given to the patient. The aligners should never be removed except when eating or cleaning the teeth. Patients are advised to check with their Invisalign dentist regularly to check progress and make sure that everything is proceeding as planned.

Cost of Invisalign Treatment

Just like any orthodontic treatment, the cost will vary and is usually dependent on the complexity of the treatment. With Invisalign, the number of aligner sets made will also be a factor in determining how much the whole treatment will cost. Another factor is expertise of the dentist. There are dentists who are considered to be “Preferred Providers” or “Platinum Invisalign Doctors”. They could have very steep professional fees. The total cost may range from 3000 to 6000 pounds. Fortunately, you can always discuss financing options with your dentist if you can not afford to pay the treatment cost in full.