Invisalign aligners have become an alternative to braces for those people looking to straighten their crooked smile. While traditional braces use unsightly metal supports and rails across a patient’s teeth, Invisalign offers a near-invisible solution.
For those self-conscious about showing off their smile, wearing braces might make those people feel even worse, so a dentist might recommend Invisalign treatment as an alternative.
Invisalign involves the use of a series of clear aligners that have been specifically mapped by the dentist to target the realignment of specific teeth at specific times to achieve the desired end result. Each aligner is worn by the patient for a period of approximately two weeks and each one slowly alters the position and alignment of teeth towards the end goal of a perfectly aligned smile.
One of the real advantages of Invisalign treatment is that the patient can see the end result of the treatment before it’s even begun. A dentist can create a virtual 3D map of the patient’s smile showing how the treatment progresses from start to finish, and so the patient can see exactly how the treatment will work as each aligner is used.
Everyone’s smile is different so the duration of treatment will vary from person to person. Depending on the severity of the misalignment, patients undergoing Invisalign could begin to see results as early as the second aligner, but for other patients, results might not be noticeable until much later in the treatment. However, with the 3D map, patients can rest assured that their treatment is working.
Keeping aligners clean is easy, as Invisalign aligners can be removed for cleaning with a soft brush and rinse. The portability of Invisalign also means the patient can eat and drink as desired, whereas braces might limit a person’s choice of diet.
With their clear construction, using Invisalign doesn’t detract further from a person’s smile in the same way that braces does.
To achieve the best results with Invisalign, it is important to follow the dentist’s instructions. Make sure that the aligners are worn for the appropriate length of time, and the switch to the next aligner in the series is made when due. If worn as prescribed by your dentist, your perfect smile can be attained in no time.
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