Some people can really be so unhappy with their smile that it would cripple them to have to smile in front of others. Usually, orthodontic needs are normally taken care of during a very young age, like elementary school, to spare the child of having to deal with the issue when he or she is older and first impressions become so much more important in the social sense. There are some teenagers who were not able to address the issue when they hit puberty, and there are also some adults who did have the opportunity to address the issue either when they were small, and may really need to improve the quality of their smile in order to perk up their self-esteem.
For people like them, wearing braces is not a very good option, even if a dentist is strongly advising to undergo teeth alignment treatments. Braces carry with them a sort of stigma to them, and we have seen through many television shows how the one kid who is wearing braces gets bullied by some of the others. It has become very embarrassing for teens to wear braces, and for adults especially, since we have this idea that adults are way too old to wear braces.
Fortunately, there are high-tech options available for those who are interested in improving their smile or who really need it and are unwilling to wear braces. There is Invisalign, which is essentially a byproduct of the growing orthodontic technological industry. Invisalign is a type of invisible braces, created as a 100% clear, plastic aligner that uses its mold to manipulate the teeth to align better. They are very useful as teeth braces for adults. In order to understand this better, it’s vital to understand the way standard braces work.
Metal braces work with the system of brackets and wires. The wires are connected with all the brackets, and the brackets are glued to the front of the teeth that need adjusting. The orthodontist takes considerate care and calculation to tighten the wires in order to progress the alignment treatment. This is, of course, not a very pleasant means to go about the process.
Invisalign is very different from traditional braces, and it uses state of the art technology to create it. It is essentially designed by a special computer program that the orthodontist uses in order to create an individualized set of invisible braces that are fit for the patient only. A licensed orthodontist is licensed by the American Association of Orthodontics, which requires them to be up to date with all the research and with all the technology in the office. A licensed orthodontic specialist will have the necessary equipment that is needed to create the Invisalign. Before we go any further, let’s cover the one caveat: Invisalign is among the most expensive treatment option available in terms of braces, so make sure that you keep a budget that can take care of it during the course of your treatment period.
When you go in to get your Invisalign, the orthodontist will first take a mold of your teeth. The computer that he or she uses will take a laser scan of the mold, and the software creates the initial model. The orthodontist will then make the adjustments to the model that are needed for treatment, as this is equivalent to how the wires work in the metal braces. Once the model is finished, the aligner is then created via a 3-D printer, and out comes the aligner. You can apply the aligner like a mouth guard, and the mold created from the printer will over time push the teeth into proper alignment. You will also be able to take out the Invisalign if you are in a situation where you can’t have it on – very much like a retainer.
When you go for your visits throughout the course of your treatment, since there are no wires to be tightened, the orthodontist will have to take a new mold of your teeth and reconfigure the model to update it to a newer version that can further improve your smile correction (this is essentially part of a large reason why it’s more expensive than other treatments). You will be consistently replacing your aligners until you are done with the treatment.
The Invisalign will look virtually invisible to most people, which is probably the most important perk and the reason why many people are leaving the option of traditional braces and on to the invisible ones. You won’t have to worry about anyone making judgments on your smile, and eventually you will get to the point where you achieve the smile that you have wanted for a while.