What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the brand name of a type of thin clear aligner used in orthodontic treatment. The aligner is made from a flexible thermoplastic material named SmartTrack.
As the name suggests, this product is designed to make orthodontic treatment “less conspicuous,” as the American Association of Orthodontists puts it.
Although Invisalign aligners may not be completely invisible, these clear coverings fit tightly over your teeth and are much less noticeable than the brackets and wires of traditional braces.
Why would you get Invisalign?
The main benefit of Invisalign is that the aligners are transparent, and do not require having wires and metal devices in your mouth. In addition, the aligners are removable. This allows the patient to enjoy food and drink whenever they want, unlike metallic fixed appliances. They also allow you to brush your teeth easily and maintain proper oral hygiene.
Invisalign can be used to treat:
- Gap teeth
- Open bite
- Crowded teeth
Is it Faster than Braces?
Invisalign tends to be faster than braces because the trays are customized during the course of treatment. Every few weeks, you will come back into the office to have new aligners made just for you. These aligners change during treatment so that they are always working to improve the look of your teeth. Invisalign can straighten your teeth quicker than traditional braces.
What is the best age ?
There is no age limit for Invisalign treatment. Older children from six years old onwards, teens and adults are all eligible for the process. Further considerations may be necessary for adults, like additional orthodontic treatment.
How long does the process take?
When you choose to have Invisalign, complex 3D images of your teeth will be taken which are used to create your trays for the duration of the treatment. The patient should have a check-up every two to four weeks to make sure the treatment is progressing properly and to change the aligners.
A full course of Invisalign for adults, that achieves the desired effects, will take 12 months on average.
At Amrita Medical Center, our staff is happy to answer any of your questions and help you decide if are the right for you. We even offer same day appointments for your convenience. Contact us here!