What do I need to know before getting Invisalign?

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When it comes to your smile, you might want to get the most out of the treatments that are being offered at the moment. Dentistry has undergone significant redevelopment over the years and has proven to make things easier for everyone who wants to have that perfect smile. We all know that the only way to get your smile to complete perfection is to remove all your teeth and get a set of dentures, but what if you were happy with your teeth and just wanted to perfect your smile?

Invisalign would be the ideal option that you could use to get your teeth into a better position without the commitment of braces and in a shorter period.

Invisalign Vs Retainers

Invisalign aligners are very similar to retainers because they are both made from the same material, but they serve very different purposes and often confuse people. Invisalign is a form of braces that slowly shifts your teeth into a better position over some time. Your orthodontist will fit a new aligner onto your teeth every two weeks until the desired placement is achieved. With retainers, you have a guard made to fit your teeth, but retainers are just that: a guard to keep your existing shape in place. If you have worn braces at some point and want to keep your teeth in the same form after the braces, you would use a retainer to maintain the position of your teeth. It would prevent the teeth from going back to their original position. You would use a retainer at night where Invisalign would be used daily.

Invisalign VS Braces

Braces are metal brackets and wires that are bonded to the teeth and then tightened to adjust the position of the teeth. They are used for over two years and can be done in a transparent or metallic variant. Invisalign is a clear alignment tray that takes two weeks to be replaced until the position of the teeth is in the desired place. Invisalign can take up to 6 months to work because a new tray is fitted more regularly than braces are set. Braces are readjusted every 4-10 weeks.

Invisalign for children  

This kind of “braces” might or might not be a good idea for children who need to have their teeth realigned. All kids are individual in the sense that some might be ok with having them in, and others might get annoyed and constantly remove them. The great thing about these is that they can be removed to eat and clean and then be placed back into the mouth for the remainder of the time. It is equally uncomfortable for a child to have these or braces, but removing them might make it feel less like commitment if the child is very young and unable to see it through.

Should you choose Invisalign? 

The answer for this is both yes and no. If you are prone to fidgeting, then ordinary braces would be a better option for you. It stays in place for the entire time you need them, only moving when the dentist needs to readjust the wires. If you are concerned about the wires being visible, you should consider going for Invisalign instead. They do the same thing essentially, but they are see-through and less noticeable.

Invisalign can be removed whenever they need to be, whether it is for cleaning or eating and can quickly be returned to their position in the mouth by the patient themselves. They do not require a day to the daily maintenance plan. Unlike ordinary braces, they do not require you to restrict the food you take in. One of the reasons so many people have started researching alternative teeth straightening options is the hassle of needing to change their diet. With Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about it. They are much more convenient, and you can do the cleaning by using toothpaste and rinse that your dentist advises you. Invisalign areas prone to tartar build-up as ordinary teeth, so make sure to keep them clean to prevent them from disintegrating.

To conclude, the choice to realign your teeth should be based on two essential things: your budget and the time you have to wait for your teeth to be in the place you want them to be in. There will be no point for you to get braces if you are not happy to wait for such a long time. Ask your orthodontist for advice on the best treatment options for you as well. Even if you wanted to have a specific treatment done, x-trays might show a different result, so get professional advice before you decide.