If you search up “invisible braces”, you will definitely find “Invisalign” at the top of the page and 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 3D visualisation and Computer-Aided Design (CAD), dentists can accurately map out treatment plans with fast-track plastic aligners manufacturing.
Invisalign products’ 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 are also welcomed to use Invisalign.
Like any other invention out there, Invisalign is not perfect. While it can achieve the same purpose as regular braces, fixed braces have the “add-on parts” such as spacers and expanders that 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 them for 22 hours each day to keep the effectiveness, requiring personal self-discipline. In terms of hygiene and cleaning of Invisalign, users cannot eat and drink while wearing it which may trap food and bacteria on it, 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 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. Additionally, as Invisalign is taken out while eating and drinking, you don’t have to change your diet, and the worry of food getting stuck in your braces is now no longer relevant. Invisalign is indeed effective for your teeth misalignment, however, it does require high diligence to take care of it.
How effective is Invisalign depends a lot on the patient. It requires you to be cooperative and remember to put on your aligners regularly.