Invisalign® appeared on the orthodontic market about 20 years ago and it has been gaining followers and creating beautiful smiles ever since.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign does not use brackets or wires to straighten teeth. Instead, patients wear a series of plastic aligners over their teeth. Each set of aligners is slightly different, which allows them to gradually shift teeth into their proper positions. The first few sets of aligners tend to make the biggest moves, while the later trays serve to put the finishing touches on your smile.
The Benefits of Invisalign
As its name implies, Invisalign treatment is nearly invisible compared to regular braces, so it works well for adults who want to maintain a professional appearance at work, and teens who are self-conscious about having work done on their smile.
Invisalign is also removable, and should be taken out when eating or drinking anything besides cool water. As a result, there are no restrictions on what a person can eat or drink during their Invisalign treatment. Brushing and flossing is also easier because you simply remove your aligners, brush and floss as usual, and clean your aligners with a little toothpaste and gentle brushing.
Types of Invisalign
Invisalign is available in different levels that will be prescribed according to the issues to be corrected.
Invisalign: This is the most comprehensive treatment plan offered by Invisalign for teens and adults. It can correct spacing issues, crooked teeth, and some bite issues, and takes about the same length of time as traditional braces.
Invisalign Lite: This mid-range Invisalign treatment corrects mild to moderate issues in less time—6 to 12 months.
Invisalign First: Some children benefit greatly from orthodontic treatment between the ages of 7 and 10, while their jaws are still developing. Invisalign First can make room for incoming adult teeth and straighten the ones that have already arrived without brackets, wires, or food restrictions.
Invisalign Express: Invisalign Express 5 or 10 corrects very minor issues in 6 months or less, making it a perfect choice for people who may have completed treatment with braces before, but a tooth or two have shifted.