Invisalign to Straighten Moderate Crowding and Moderate Space
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What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the most well known brand name that uses clear plastic aligner trays to straighten teeth. Other brand names include Clear Correct, Red White and Blue, Essix, and Smart Moves. They are all an alternative to conventional braces and removable retainer-like systems.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Teeth move whenever a constant long-term force is applied to them. Invisalign consists of a series of clear plastic trays designed to follow the position of each tooth at each step of the straightening process. When wearing an aligner for the first time, it feels tight like it does not fit correctly. This tightness forces each tooth to move in a direction that makes that tooth fit into its corresponding tooth shape and straighter position in the aligner tray. It takes at least 2 weeks for the teeth to move and the aligner not to feel tight anymore. Then you change to the next aligner and continue this process till your teeth are straight.
What Are the Advantages of Invisalign?
The most obvious is its cosmetic advantage. Compared to braces, well-fitted aligner trays are generally not noticeable, nor do they interfere with your speech. Also, since the aligners are removed when eating and cleaning your teeth, there are no restrictions to what you can eat compared to braces. There is also less chance of getting tooth decay since it is just as easy to keep your teeth clean. Aligners are also more comfortable than braces. Compared to other aligner brands, Invisalign is the most sophisticated in its use of computers and technology, its commitment to the education of its certified providers, and in its advertising. Invisalign is suitable for the simplest to the most complex cases.
What Are the Disadvantages of Invisalign?
The advantage of being able to remove the aligner trays is also its biggest disadvantage. First, any aligner system is dependent on your commitment to wearing the aligner trays as directed; otherwise the teeth will not move as expected. Also, aligners can be lost.
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