Traditionally when people wanted to treat their misaligned or crooked teeth, the first thing that popped into their mind was a mouth full of wires, which seemed unpleasant. The thought of walking around with braces for over one year, just to improve your smile, was a little too much for potential adult candidates. So, when a new treatment emerged that could address the same problems but with no visible dental appliances, it was readily welcomed.
Dr. Sona Asatryan of Fair Oaks Dental Group is an Invisalign Dentist in Pasadena.
Invisible braces were first introduced in 1998, and have since become increasingly popular as a more comfortable and discreet treatment for malocclusions and crooked teeth. Unlike traditional metal braces that are so obvious, Invisalign treatment uses clear, custom-made plastic aligners that are virtually invisible and go unnoticed.
Why Invisalign is Better than Braces
One of the main reasons that people choose Invisalign is its invisibility. Metal braces shout that you’re getting your teeth fixed when you smile, talk, and eat. On the other hand, it is hard for people to notice that you are getting your teeth fixed, and you can smile as usual without drawing unusual attention to yourself.
2. Smooth and comfortable.
People who have used traditional braces have reported that the wires and brackets irritate and even poke their mouths, especially when damaged. Invisalign, on the other hand, is made from comfortable plastic with no sharp edges. Plus you can only need to wear them for 20 to 22 hours per day, allowing you to take a short break each day.
3. Nice fit.
Invisalign treatment uses custom made aligners that fit perfectly over your teeth. Since they are personalized for each client, you need to see your orthodontist for an exam and fitting. This process involves making an impression of your mouth, creating a bite image, and then creating a series of plastic aligners that will ultimately correct your misalignment problem. You only wear each aligner for 2-3 weeks, and then replace it as your treatment progresses.
4. They’re removable.
Another major difference between metal braces and Invisalign is that the latter are removable. While the metal braces and wires will remain bonded to your teeth for the entire duration of your treatment, you can remove your plastic aligners when you need to:
● Brush and floss – With traditional braces, your at-home oral care regimen should be thorough to remove food particles that get stuck between your teeth and the wires. You also need to use special tools for flossing. With Invisalign, you simply remove your appliance when you need to brush and floss normally.
● Eat your favorite foods – There are many foods that you need to avoid when wearing traditional braces as they can damage your orthodontic appliance. With Invisalign, you can remove your appliance to eat or drink anything, clean mouth, and then return it.
● Clean the appliance – Invisalign are considered one of the most effective, non-intrusive orthodontic treatments for overcrowding, malocclusions, and a range of other problems. Discuss with your dentist to see if you are a good candidate for the treatment.