Invisalign -What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a special system of invisible braces for alignment of teeth. Invis-align is combination of words invisible and alignment. In this article, we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of invisalign. Following figure shows invisalign brace.
Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to straighten the teeth. Sophisticated computer technology is used to design the braces. This eliminates the need for inelegant wire-and-bracket braces.
Invisalign Treatment Procedure:
The dentist takes detailed impressions of your teeth, with all minor details. These are sent to the lab and scanned by the computer. The computer plans the teeth movements and fabricates a series of 12 to 48 clear aligners. Then you will get the first set of invisalign to start with. If the aligner does not fit your teeth, a new set is provided after taking more details. It is repeated until the teeth are fully aligned to the desired positions.
Advantages of Invisalign
Invisibility of braces
is no doubt the first advantage of invisalign. By this no one can see that you are undergoing a procedure for straightening your teeth.
- They are removable. So you can eat and drink while undergoing the treatment.
- The braces are easy to brush and floss.
- You can experience a greater comfort when compared to wire braces. Here there are no metal wires or sharp braces to irritate the inner skin.
- You can adjust to it quickly and treatment is also for shorter duration.
- Being the products of computer manipulation, the braces are more efficient. With regular braces, the correct position is achieved easily.
- These braces have decreased risk of tooth decay or teeth damage as there are no brackets to catch food or plaque.
- It is easier to play musical instruments with mouth while using these braces.
Disadvantages/Limitations of Invisalign
- The foremost disadvantage is that not all tooth-straightening cases can be treated with this system. Some invariably need conventional braces.
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For example, invisalign cannot be used to move teeth that are not yet fully erupted. They also do not work well in severe crowding.
- Since they are replaceable or removable, patient compliance is required.
- It is newer technology. So it does not have long-term proven track as the conventional braces have.
- They cannot be used for children under 14.