How effective is Invisalign?
If you search up “invisible braces”, you will find “Invisalign” at the top of the page. You may wonder how it is different from the other clear aligner options in the market.
Like normal braces, Invisalign is used to treat overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, gap teeth and crowded teeth issues. “With the iTero 5D Plus scanner, we can have an accurate 3D visualisation of the patient’s teeth thus allowing us to map out treatment plans with more precise outcomes,” states Dr Ivan from Greenlife Dental Clinic at Clementi.
Invisalign can be used by the full spectrum of patients from young and old, those with straightforward cases to complex cases with severe crowding of teeth. Ex-braces wearers can also use Invisalign to correct their misaligned teeth without having to go through fixed braces.
Like any other invention out there, Invisalign is not perfect. While it can achieve the same purpose as normal braces, fixed braces have the “add-on parts” such as spacers and expanders. These are more effective to treat very complex bite issues. Unlike fixed braces that are attached to your teeth at all times, Invisalign needs you to wear it for 22 hours each day. For it to be effective, it requires self-discipline.
In terms of hygiene and cleaning of Invisalign, users cannot eat and drink while wearing it. Otherwise, it may trap food and bacteria, causing it to lose points to fixed braces in terms of convenience.
In short, Invisalign may have lesser pain in the beginning treatment than fixed braces. However, you are required to diligently take care of the usage of aligners and may require more frequent follow- up treatment.
To sum it all up, with Invisalign, your friends and colleagues will not tease you about the appearance of your braces since it is invisible.
Read this article on information regarding what you can eat when you are on Invisalign. You will be surprised at what kind of food you need to avoid.