Invisalign is one of the most significant breakthroughs in dentistry. Since its invention in 1997 by Stanford student Zia Christi it has been a popular solution for teeth straightening, providing an alternative for traditional braces made with metal brackets and wires. Invisalign is a tray that fits your teeth tightly and thus applies pressure on them in order to reposition them. Invisalign is far less noticeable in comparison to traditional braces, given its design and the transparent material it is made out of. Treatments with clear braces in Sydney CBD are very popular.
Who can get Invisalign?
Anyone with mild to moderate dental complications, such as overbites, underbites, crossbites, crooked teeth or gaps between teeth can use Invisalign. However, as every dental procedure carries risks, it is important to consult with your dentist to find out whether Invisalign or another treatment is the perfect solution for you.
For teenagers Invisalign has designed a special aligner which has an indicator button, that monitors how long the aligners have been worn on a given day. This is to tackle the difficulty teens sometimes encounter having to remove and put back on the aligners multiple times a day. In general they have to be worn for about 22 hours every day, so removing them is only advised when eating or drinking.
Invisalign for adults is similar to Invisalign Teen, except that it does not contain a usage monitoring indicator. It is never too late to receive orthodontic treatment. If you have crooked, misaligned teeth that are otherwise strong, you can always get orthodontic treatment.
Benefits of Invisalign compared to other orthodontic treatments
Invisalign has many benefits for its users. First of all, the aligners can provide an improved appearance, given the transparent plastic material of the customised aligners. With Invisalign you have the freedom to eat whatever you like: no food restrictions, no long cleaning procedures. Just remove the aligners, brush your teeth as normal and carry on with your activities that truly deserve your attention. Invisalign has been shown to have similar efficiency to metal braces in a wide range of dental conditions. The aligners also save you time, as they require maintenance with a lower frequency, than traditional orthodontic treatment methods. The dentist appointments also become shorter. With the Invisalign iTero 3D scanning technology that is used when getting clear braces in Sydney CBD you can avoid the harmful, cumulative effects an X-ray scan can pose on you.
Disadvantages of Invisalign
In some cases, Invisalign might not be the perfect treatment. Just like every other orthodontic treatment, Invisalign can cause nerve damage, injuries to the teeth and the surrounding tissue, jaw pain and other adverse effects, however these only occur in a small number of cases. Most of these cases are foreseeable and preventable by dentists. In some instances, your dentist may advise you to get, for example, a root canal if he discovers a dental condition during the initial examinations prior to starting the Invisalign treatment. In some complex orthodontic conditions, like certain malocclusions, Invisalign treatment might not be suitable. In these cases, your dentist will help you evaluate your other options, and choose the most suitable treatment for you that will bring the desired results.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified practitioner.