When it comes to teeth straightening, with the help of orthodontic appliances, more and more patients are interested in the aesthetic, invisible part of the treatments. Whether they are children or adults, whether they go to school or the office, patients want their teeth straight, like in a magazine, without wearing brackets.
This is how Invisalign, the device made of splints (transparent alignment) – a clear alternative to brackets, appeared. The material from which it is made is particularly resistant, elastic, and transparent. It appeared at the request of patients, to satisfy the aesthetic and functional needs in orthodontic treatment. The aligners are manufactured in the United States, where it was patented and first introduced in dental practice, being used to treat orthodontic cases for about 10 years. Over time, some manufacturers have tried to copy and produce similar alignment, but they failed to meet all the conditions of an orthodontic appliance of its category. At first, Invisalign aligners treated relatively simple cases with mild dental crowding. But now, they have evolved so much that we can treat with their help, complex cases, including surgical. They can successfully replace brackets (fixed vestibular or lingual devices).
Because it is comfortable, easy to wear, it does not cause damage to the oral mucosa, jugal, tongue (as in the case of brackets). It is simple to sanitize, there are no food restrictions (the patient can bite hard fruits and vegetables, can eat almonds, hazelnuts, caramels, pistachios, provided they brush their teeth afterward, to avoid depositing sugars under the gutters and caries). During meals, the gutters are removed to avoid damage and staining. They must be worn 22 hours a day, for 10 days, and if they are worn insufficiently, the period increases to 14 days.
How does it work?
Invisalign dental appliance is customized for each patient. Let’s see the process behind invisalign. It all starts with the fingerprint, which is taken by the doctor in the office, and based on it a model is built. Then the model is scanned and introduced in the Invisalign software, where the orthodontist together with a US technician, make the treatment plan for the case. Another great advantage is the duration of treatment, which is shorter than with conventional devices. When the 3D plan is ready, the patient can see their final smile and bite, and the device can go into production. Within 10 days, the alignments will be ready and delivered to the orthodontist’s office, together with the instructions for use. As soon as the plan is ready, the exact duration of treatment is known, as well as the total number of splints used. The forces applied through it are slow, small, the pressure is mild and can be felt only during the first day.
From a financial point of view, it is more expensive, due to the multiple advantages it has. Unlike in the case of a device with brackets, visits to the orthodontist are much rarer, they can even be twice a year. Invisalign has a version for adults, and one for teenagers. Several cases can be treated, which require dental extractions or prosthetic rehabilitation after orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign, above all the advantages, gives you confidence; it is wonderful to straighten your teeth by a comfortable and… invisible method!