What is Invisalign?
Invisalign are clear plastic orthodontic trays referred to as “aligners.” Invisalign aligners are custom-designed to specifically fit your mouth, making them a less-visible alternative to traditional metal braces, not to mention more aesthetically pleasing. Invisalign aligners also help straighten crooked or crowded teeth, adjust overbites and close any gaps between teeth. For best results, experts recommend wearing the aligners at least 20 hours per day throughout your entire treatment. Once every two weeks, patients switch to a new set of aligners until they reach the desired result as teeth gently shift into place. Result times vary due to the degree of movement from your teeth.
While traditional metal braces are an effective way to realign the teeth, they are often painful and uncomfortable. That’s why Invisalign is often referred to as “invisible braces.” This proprietary orthodontic technology allows you to improve your smile more comfortably since there are no pasted metal brackets and wires. Not only are they invisible, they’re also comfortable and removable. Aligners can be removed temporarily for eating, brushing, contact sports and dental cleanings.
Invisalign treatment has been clinically proven to be effective for a wide range of cosmetic dentistry cases, from mild to complex. When you start treatment with these invisible braces, you receive several sets of custom-fit aligners. Each set of aligners is worn for only two weeks and then you may switch your aligners with the next set to continue straightening your teeth. It is especially useful for professionals, brides, actors/actresses and athletes. Over time, you will notice changes in the alignment of your teeth and flash a radiant smile!
Why Should I Choose Invisalign Over Traditional Braces?
Effectively treats crowding, spacing, overbites, underbites and crossbites
Straightens crooked teeth
Allows you to comfortably eat your favorite foods
Allows you to brush and floss your teeth for better periodontal health
The comfortable plastic will not irritate your cheeks/gums
Fewer office visits (every four to six weeks)
If you play any contact sports, you don’t need to be concerned about potential accidents like you would with traditional braces since there are no sharp brackets in your mouth. If you must wear a protective mouthguard, simply remove your aligners. It’s that easy!
Quick & Easy
Cleaning your aligners is much easier than struggling to floss and brush in between the metal wires from traditional braces. Your bedtime routine will be less of a hassle and far less time-consuming.
Comfort & Convenience
With traditional metal braces, patients often experience some inconvenience, slight pain, discomfort and mouth sores caused by the brackets and/or wires. Since it is more difficult to brush and floss with regular braces, tooth decay and plaque buildup may occur. Bear in mind, certain food items must be avoided with metal braces: apples, corn-on-the-cob, popcorn, chips, bagels, carrots, hard-crusted bread, etc. But with Invisalign, simply remove it from your mouth and bon appetiti!
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign braces are removable plastic aligners. These aligners are clear, comfortable and designed to carefully shift your teeth over time. By using a series of these aligners one after another, the teeth gradually realign, until reaching the desired position prescribed by your dentist or orthodontist.
Each set of aligners is worn for a couple of weeks. You wear them 20-22 hours/day and only remove them to eat, drink, brush, floss and for contact sports. They’re easy to remove and comfortable to use. On average, Invisalign braces take roughly 12 months to achieve the desired effect.
In most cases, one year is significantly less time than what is required by traditional metal braces. Of course, the specific number of aligners you’ll need and the time required will depend on your personal needs. But on average, these invisible braces are a fast, effective and convenient way to get that beautiful and confident smile you’ve always wanted.
Review the additional information on our site to determine if Invisalign is best suited for you. You will also learn what to expect if you decide to pursue Invisalign braces for yourself.
Are invisible braces for me?
For most people, Invisalign is an easy and straightforward option. If you don’t want to deal with the pain and discomfort of metal braces, nor the awkward oral attention, then Invisalign is probably worth learning more about. Invisalign is often an effective solution, regardless if your smile needs a minor enhancement or a much more complex adjustment. For most adults and teens, Invisalign can treat all of the most common cosmetic dentistry problems and/or bite irregularities without the discomfort of traditional metal braces.
Invisible braces do not interrupt your active and exciting lifestyle. In fact, unless you specifically mention to others you have Invisalign, they probably won’t notice!
You’re welcome to give us a quick call to schedule a consult if you feel Invisalign is right for you. We’ll be happy to help you schedule a time so that you can determine with Dr. Bainer in Escondido if Invisalign braces are your best option.
What Orthodontic Issues Does Invisalign Commonly Fix?
Gaps between teeth occur due to abnormal growth of the jawbone or from missing teeth that make the surrounding teeth shift due to the extra space. Spacing issues and gaps between teeth can lead to gum problems, bone loss and increased risk of periodontal disease.
Overbites occur when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. Usually, overbites result from certain oral habits, genetics, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth. This can lead to irritated gums, a painful jaw and joint discomfort.
Teeth crowding occurs when there is simply not enough space within your jaw to comfortably fit all of your teeth. When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can deteriorate over time and produce severely crooked teeth, lead to plaque accumulation, tooth decay and increase your risk for gum disease.
Underbites typically occur when the lower teeth extend past the front teeth. It can be caused by overgrowth of the lower jaw, undergrowth of the upper jaw or both. At times, missing upper teeth ward off the function of front teeth or molars. Underbites can also cause a painful jaw and joint discomfort.
Open bite often occurs when some teeth cannot make contact with the opposing teeth for a correct bite. This condition often results from a genetic abnormal jaw structure or excessive thumb-sucking. Patients with an open bite often experience painful chewing and speech difficulties. Open bites may also create more complex issues involving the joint.
Crossbites take place when both the upper and lower jaws are misaligned. It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, which can produce gum disease and bone loss.
What are the benefits of straight teeth?
According to the American Dental Association, straight teeth can significantly impact your dental health by reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Crowded teeth and gaps between teeth often cause swollen red gums. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against possible periodontal problems. These invisible braces will help you fight periodontal disease and give you a beautiful, confident smile!
One of the biggest challenges of traditional braces is removing all the food that gets stuck in the brackets and wires. This can often lead to plaque buildup and eventually tooth decay. Since the Invisalign aligners are removable, you can simply brush and floss your teeth normally.
Your teeth and gums say a lot about your general health. If your dental needs are being taken care of, you’re most likely taking proper care of your entire body. If gum disease and tooth decay are left untreated, they can cause mouth sores, bad breath, sensitive or bleeding gums and maybe tooth loss. Studies by the American Dental Association have shown that oral infections can also lead to other more serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes. Invisalign aligners simplify your daily oral hygiene routine, thus reducing the risk of periodontal problems. Well-aligned teeth can also lessen the chances of developing an improper bite, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems and increased wear on the teeth. Invisalign can effectively treat such orthodontic issues, leaving you with greater confidence, a beautiful smile and increase the likelihood of improved oral health.
Convenience & Comfort
Making the decision to straighten your teeth is much easier when you know the Invisalign treatment lets you live your life more comfortably. With Invisalign aligners, you don’t need to be concerned with possible gum swelling and mouth irritation often caused by other traditional teeth-straightening methods.
Invisalign aligner trays are not only smooth and comfortable to wear, but also removable so you may continue with your normal activities. Go ahead and brush, floss and eat your favorite foods. With other devices, such simple tasks can take up to 30 minutes!
If there is a special occasion marked on your calendar, just remove your aligners for the allotted time. But remember, even when your aligners are inside your mouth, most people will not notice because they are practically invisible!
Invisalign treatment requires fewer doctor visits (once every six weeks) – giving you more time to pursue other interests. Who doesn’t want more time?
What about Veneers?
Veneers are certainly another alternative to traditional braces, but they only conceal certain dental disfigurements, not correct them. This means that some existing periodontal problems could still exist. Veneers are only applied to the front side of the teeth and require the removal of the surface enamel of each tooth, which is an irreversible procedure. They must also be replaced every five to 10 years which is costly and time consuming. Certain beverages such as tea, coffee and red wine should be avoided to prevent discoloration. Veneers also require greater care to prevent chipping or breakage. While the general aesthetics of the teeth improve with veneers, the underlying tooth and gum problems could continue.
History of Invisalign
Align Technology, the creators of Invisalign, was founded in 1997 by Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth in San Jose, California. In 1998, the innovative orthodontic product received FDA approval, after accessing $140 million in venture capital funding.
In 2000, a multi-million dollar TV campaign was launched to promote Invisalign. The New York Times called it the “most aggressive consumer advertising plan the dental profession has ever seen.” After 75 percent of all orthodontists in the United States were trained and educated for Invisalign systems, the education and training was offered to general dentists. Today, invisible braces are a competitor of traditional metal braces and are in high demand.