Interesting Facts about Invisalign
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign was first introduced to the public in May 2000. Since then, it has become the best orthodontic treatment for teeth straightening and has transformed over 5 million smiles across the globe. Invisalign is essentially a set of clear transparent aligners that you have to wear on your teeth to gradually apply pressure to your teeth and move them in the desired direction.
During the Invisalign procedure, the dentist takes a mold of your teeth and uses it to create a set of transparent aligners. You have to wear these aligners for at least 22 hours every day. You also have to replace the aligners every 2 weeks and get a new set that can continue applying pressure to your teeth to move them into the correct location. The whole Invisalign procedure takes around 6 months to 18 months, making it the most effective method for teeth straightening.
In this article, we discuss some interesting facts about Invisalign that you should know before getting the procedure done.
1. Invisalign Treatments are Unique for Everyone
Invisalign treatments are different for different people. During your first consultation, the dentist or orthodontist will use a software system to take a digital impression of your teeth. This will allow the doctors to determine exactly how the Invisalign aligners should be designed. Based on the 3D model, the dentists will create the perfect set of custom Invisalign aligners that can improve your teeth.
2. Accurate Visualization is Possible
Invisalign treatment can be pretty expensive and can set you back several thousands of dollars. That’s why most people are hesitant about getting Invisalign, especially because they don’t know if it will be worth it. Well, your orthodontist can use software to visualize your teeth after the procedure. This will allow you to see what your teeth will look like exactly after the procedure.
3. These are Removable Transparent Aligners
Invisalign, unlike traditional metal braces, are removable. One of the biggest issues with regular metal braces is that your dentist has to manually remove them. However, with Invisalign, you can take the braces off whenever you want. If you’re about to eat something, you can simply take your Invisalign off, eat and rinse your mouth, and then wear them again. This will prevent the Invisalign from getting stained.
4. Invisalign Works based on Controlled Pressure for Teeth Straightening
Invisalign applies gentle and gradual pressure on your teeth for an extended period of time. This procedure gradually enables your teeth to shift into their new location and get used to it before being shifted further. This is a comfortable procedure that doesn’t hurt you. Each of the Invisalign aligners moves your teeth by around one-third of a millimeter and you have to change the sets every two weeks. This provides 50% faster treatment than traditional metal braces.
5. Invisalign May Cause Weight Loss
Invisalign isn’t a weight-loss tool nor is it marketed as such. However, you have to wear these Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours per day, which means you’re generally encouraged to take them off only during meals. This prevents people from snacking between meals because of the ordeal of having taken the braces off, which, in turn, helps people kick their junk food habits.
6. Invisalign Can Replace your Traditional Braces
You may be concerned that you can’t get Invisalign aligners because you already have traditional metal braces. However, that’s not an issue at all. You can consult your dentist and they’ll determine if you’re suitable for Invisalign treatment. If so, they can remove your metal braces and instead get your fitted for Invisalign. These clear aligners will generally work a lot faster than metal braces. They will also pick up where the metal braces left off and continue moving your teeth in the correct direction.
7. Invisalign is Favored by Celebrities
Invisalign is the most popular orthodontic treatment amongst celebrities and other public personalities. This is the most discreet method by which to transform your smile. Celebrities and public personalities are usually very conscious of their public image so they don’t have the option of getting metal braces. That’s why celebrities often use Invisalign braces. Some of the most popular celebrities who have improved their smile with Invisalign are Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, Eva Longoria, Billie Eilish, Tom Cruise, and many others.
8. Teeth Straightening Improves Oral Health
You may think that teeth straightening is simply a vanity project that can only improve your aesthetic appearance and nothing more. But that’s not true. Teeth straightening can also improve your general oral health. Crowded teeth can increase the risk of gum disease because food particles get stuck between the teeth more easily, which can lead to bacterial infection. Overbites can lead to soft tissue injuries and inflammation. As such, teeth straightening can prevent these issues from occurring and improve your oral health considerably.
9. Teeth Straightening Improves Digestion
In addition to maintaining oral health, teeth straightening also improves your general digestion because straighter teeth are better capable of breaking down food particles effectively.
10. Invisalign is the Most Comfortable Teeth Straightening Method
Metal braces are also effective in teeth straightening but they can be uncomfortable because they can damage the insides of your mouth and they include metallic wires and brackets. Invisalign, compared to that, is a lot gentler and more comfortable. You may feel slight discomfort initially, but that will fade away soon.
Schedule your Invisalign Treatment
At URBN Dental, our dentists and orthodontists can take exact measurements and impressions of your teeth to create the perfect set of Invisalign aligner trays for you. These aligner trays can completely transform your smile within a year while also being completely comfortable and discreet. For more information, please schedule your Invisalign treatment today.