My Experience Using Invisalign: A Personal Review
I had crowded and crooked teeth growing up, but I never wanted to get metal braces. Then, in my twenties, I heard about Invisalign — a new type of invisible braces that could be worn and taken off with ease. I called up a local orthodontist and decided to give them a try.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of clear plastic molds that fit over the teeth; they gently push the teeth into proper alignment and, for many people, are a great alternative for wearing traditional metal braces.
Advantages of Using Invisalign
There are many advantages for treating crooked teeth with Invisalign. The molds are completely transparent and can be easily removed before eating, and they also interfere less with the lips and mouth when speaking. Also, in some studies, clear teeth aligners were able to correct teeth alignment must faster than standard metal braces.
How to Get Invisalign Braces
To begin treatment with Invisalign, one must first seek the services of an orthodontist that has been certified to use this relatively new technology. Once an appointment has been made, the orthodontist will take records – usually a collection of photographs, x-rays and molds of the patients teeth – and decide if the person is suitable for Invisalign treatment.
Certain types of misalignment cannot be treated by Invisalign, and the health of the gums must be suitably high for treatment to even be considered. Assuming everything checks out fine, a mold of the patients teeth will be sent to Invisalign’s lab and a series of clear plastic teeth aligners will be sent back to the orthodontist a few weeks later.
Potential Issues With Invisalign Braces
Success of realigning a patient’s teeth with Invisalign is not guaranteed. Because the aligners are removable, some patients will invariably be tempted to remove their aligners more often than what is recommended. The less time that a patient wears their aligners, the most potential there is for the teeth to regress to their previous position and a whole series of aligners can become useless as a result. Furthermore, some people have very strong roots and the plastic molds will not always be able to shift their teeth over the set of planned molds.
My upper and lower teeth had some final adjustment problems and I eventually had to wear metal braces — but only on my lower teeth, and only for a couple months. My upper teeth were treated with some additional clear aligners, and eventually things were 99% good.
Benefits of Invisalign
Despite the potential difficulties of treating misaligned teeth with Invisalign, many wearers report that they are more comfortable and less obtrusive to wear than fixed metal braces. In addition, removable aligners make cleaning the teeth and the appliances themselves much easier.
Other Information With Invisalign
During treatment, patients may need to have certain teeth filed down or completely removed to aid the realignment process. For me, I had several teeth made narrower. The process was painless.
Treatment with Invisalign typically takes a year, and a retainer is often worn for a year or two afterwards. I choose to wear my retainer for several years, but only at night while I slept. Currently, my teeth are in good alignment.
The Cost of Invisalign Braces
Invisalign costs around the same price as traditional braces. Those interested in this form of treatment should ask their dentist for advice on seeking a reputable orthodontist in their area.