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What are Invisalign Braces?

January 10, 2022 - by GreenTornado - in Invisalign

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Invisalign clear braces are all the rage when it comes to corrective orthodontic treatments, nowadays. Gone are the days when you would have to cover your mouth because you’re ashamed of your metal braces, and even better, no more spinach or other undesirables getting stuck in your braces.

Here, at Coombe Dental Care, we’ve heard a lot from patients wanting to know more about the Invisalign process, so we thought we’d give everyone a quick 101 on what Invisalign braces actually are.

 

So what’s the idea? What are Invisalign Braces?

…and how are they different from regular ones?

Well, when you think about traditional metal braces, the foremost concern that comes to mind is the undesirable appearance, the self-doubt, and most of all, the discomfort. Sure, metal braces are effective, but they’re also a thing of the past, in many cases.

Invisalign braces are made from a special BPA-free type of plastic that is completely clear. Practically, the Invisalign braces are like an invisible second layer that you add on to your teeth, to correct their position. They have the huge benefit of being impossible to spot, thus improving the wearer’s self-esteem.

They’re also far more comfortable, since Invisalign braces are fully removable, whenever you need to take a break, unlike harsh metal braces. This means that you will get to take your Invisalign braces off when eating, brushing your teeth, or in case you are experiencing any discomfort. Of course, it’s recommended that you wear your braces for 20-22 hours each day, to see results.

 

Who are Invisalign braces for?

The good news is Invisalign braces are appropriate for anyone, from teenagers to adults, in need of dental realignment. If you have trouble with your back teeth, Invisalign might not be a good option for you.

Generally, a consultation with your orthodontist will decide which type of braces is better for you.

 

How long do you need to wear them?

Depending on the severity of the situation, Invisalign braces may need to be worn for up to 2 years to get the desired effect, but most patients will begin to see an improvement within the first few months.

During your Invisalign treatment, you will have to schedule appointments with your specialist once every six weeks or so, to make sure the Invisalign braces are working their magic, and to make adjustments, if necessary.

 

How do Invisalign braces correct teeth?

The clear plastic braces are created using a 3D model of your denture, and fit tightly when first put in. Over time, as the braces force the teeth to realign, they may become loose, and may even need to be changed, depending on your treatment.

In many ways, Invisalign braces work much in the same way as traditional metal braces do, with the added benefit that they are more comfortable, and overall easier to wear. So now, you can get the smile you’ve always wanted without all the usual drawbacks of metal braces!

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