Invisalign is a shortened form of the term ‘invisible aligners’. In other words, your teeth are slowly moved into proper alignment through the use of a product that is virtually invisible.
In fact, that is one of four key advantages to using Invisalign aligners to correct positioning of teeth.
Braces have typically been made out of a metal compound which, combined with clips, bands, and additional hardware, make them obvious at a glance. For young wearers, metal braces become a source of embarrassment due to how they are viewed, treated and teased by their peers. The invisible aligners remove all of these issues and still straighten teeth.
The main difference between Invisalign clear braces and metal braces is that they are comfortable to wear. Metal braces tend to become painful over time and with ongoing adjustments, they sometimes become a distraction because of occasional pain. Invisalign may cause minor discomfort as teeth move into proper position, but are far more comfortable and effective.
Invisalign aligners are trays that are fitted to be worn on your teeth over a period of time. You receive a series of trays over the course of your treatment. You can expect to wear each tray for a short while before switching to the next tray in the series. You can remove them at any time. Conversely, metal braces are installed and remain in place until they are removed by an orthodontist.
Because you can remove the Invisalign trays whenever you wish, this makes them much easier to clean and keep clean. With metal braces, keeping your teeth clean can become a major chore. Plus, the incidence of tooth decay and other oral infections is higher with metal braces. It makes sense when you consider that some food particles will lodge between metal braces and teeth making them difficult to remove. This is not an issue with Invisalign products.
How They Work
A set of aligners are designed through computer calculations of the positioning of your teeth. You wear the clear braces over your teeth switching to different sets as time progresses. Eventually, your teeth are aligned correctly as each aligner works to move your teeth slightly more than the previous one.
Within a short period of time your teeth are straightened to where they should be which not only improves your smile, but it fixes additional issues. Misaligned teeth may cause additional issues for some people ranging from difficulty eating to problems with speech. When your teeth are properly aligned, these issues are relieved.
Invisalign clear braces are so popular because they realign your teeth easily, painlessly, are virtually invisible and are simple to use and clean. All you have to do is contact the dental professionals at Forster Dental Centre for your appointment to discuss if these clear braces are right for you.