Millions of people have worn Invisalign braces, but are they a gimmick or effective at straightening teeth?
Braces are essential for many dental patients, to help correct their teeth by adjusting them in the right way, but almost no one likes wearing them — or to be seen with the metal devices in their mouth. Thankfully, we’ve had a great deal of progress in dentistry and various equipment, instruments and devices in recent years, and one development means you no longer have to wear clunky and visually unappealing braces if you don’t want to. You can opt instead for clear plastic aligners known as Invisalign that can work just as well and practically no one will know you’re wearing them.
It’s the aesthetic solution to the headache of wearing metal braces that many people had been looking for, and there are other pleasing options too, like the Damon System we offer that aligns the teeth using ceramics instead of unsightly wires to tie the teeth together. Today, however, we’re going to look at clear plastic braces and ask the question: How effective is Invisalign compared to traditional metal braces, and might they be the answer to your teeth-adjustment needs?
So popular has Invisalign become as an orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth, over usual metal braces, that the company that provides the technology, Align Technology, says more than 6.8 million people around the world have used the clear plastic braces and straightened their teeth. That’s a lot of perfected smiles, and for many people, including our patients here at our dental clinics in Ireland, it’s not just about the look of the devices and how they’re almost invisible, but the feel too.
Invisalign: Fits Like a Glove
Anyone who has ever worn metal braces knows they can be uncomfortable at times, and many people who have worn them may have bad memories of how they also sometimes affected what they ate, having them tightened, occasional difficulties with speech and pronunciation — and high levels of anxiety about impending romantic encounters.
You can say goodbye to all that orthodontic torture with Invisalign. One of this system’s clear benefits is that wearing the plastic mould on your teeth so comfortable you’d hardly know you have it in. Like anything, it takes getting used to, but after a short while you’ll go about your daily life without having to worry about pains or irritations to your mouth or gums from the metal wires and brackets of ordinary braces.
And because every Invisalign brace is customised to each patient, using processes developed by Align Technology, you get an aligner that’s the perfect match for your teeth and gums and will fit like a glove. It starts with taking impressions of your teeth, and then a series of plastic braces are made that are used over a period of time. Typically, you can expect to replace each aligner every fortnight, so that your teeth are gradually brought together and straightened to give you that perfect smile.
So How Effective Are Invisalign Braces?:
For many people — and especially adults, who may not want the embarrassment of going around with metal braces to straighten their teeth, as it’s often associated with childhood — Invisalign braces are a real and effective solution to straightening their teeth. If you’re a busy executive, for instance, you won’t want to be attending management, client and other vital meetings with an off-putting mouth full of metal.
As for their effectiveness, you’ll most likely start enjoying the benefits of straighter teeth from the moment you begin wearing your Invisalign brace, and with each change of brace, you’ll see their alignment improve further. You can take them out any time you like, to clean them or just to give yourself a break, and later just pop them back in and wait for them to do their work in bringing your teeth nicely together.
It’s true that a good smile can change everything — boosting your self-confidence, happiness and your overall look. With Invisalign, you can drastically improve your smile without the world knowing.
If you think you may need braces or are unhappy with the current ones you’re wearing, talk to the friendly dental experts at The James Clinic and we’ll be happy to find the solution that’s right for you. Contact us now and find out more.