Invisalign introduces a breakthrough in the world of orthodontics, or the branch of dentistry that deals with proper bite and teeth alignment. It is an alternative to traditional metal braces, which are recommended for people suffering from improperly aligned teeth and/or incorrect bite. Although many people recognize the valuable help braces provide in straightening teeth, some are discouraged to have them not only because they could be uncomfortable at times but also because of aesthetic implications—they feel that having metal on their teeth for years would have a negative impact on their appearance. Some even associate braces with the “geek” stereotype, with images of someone with bespectacled eyes and braced teeth coming to mind. However, all thanks to this dental appliance called Invisalign, these worries are now a thing of the past; anyone can now get braces without fear of experiencing the abovementioned drawbacks.
The beauty of this innovation lies on its inconspicuous appearance. Made from a clear biocompatible polyutherane mold that was developed by Align Technology in the US, it is virtually invisible when worn over one’s teeth. Moreover, unlike metal braces that are glued onto the teeth during the entire duration of the alignment treatment, which normally lasts for years, these transparent braces can be removed anytime during the day, albeit it is advised that they be worn as long as possible to achieve optimal results. Indeed, as its name itself suggests, Invisalign facilitates invisible alignment of the teeth, making it enticing to individuals who want to achieve perfectly straight teeth through means other than traditional braces.
Depending on the severity of each case, treatment using this appliance can last for an average period of one year. In some very minor cases, it could even provide results in twenty weeks. As effective as this product is in facilitating correct alignment of teeth however, its success in letting one achieve desired results also largely depends on patient habits and cooperation. Whereas with traditional braces, patients would need frequent visits to the dentist’s for brace adjustment and monitoring, with Invisalign, they are challenged to commit to wearing the appliance for at least twenty hours a day, to make sure that no delay on the treatment schedule would be incurred. Constant monitoring with the dentist also remains imperative to keep track of the treatment’s progress and find out about any other procedure that needs to be done in conjunction with the ongoing treatment to bolster or expedite its effects.