Dr Siju George, Specialist Orthodontist at Wassan Specialty Dental Center

Does the alignment of your teeth or the gaps between your teeth bother you? Have you been postponing the idea of seeing an orthodontist as it seems scary to go through the entire process, then you are not alone! The truth is traditional metal braces for many can be a bit unappealing, and uncomfortable. However, the biggest disadvantage of having metal braces is that my patients feel very self-conscious of smiling. With the advancements in the field of dentistry, orthodontic treatments too have come a long way since the days of bulky, highly noticeable metal braces. You can say goodbye to your fears of wearing metal braces and elastic bands, thanks to the revolutionary Invisalign technology.

Invisalign over the last few years has become a huge hit globally. One of the key reasons for the success of Invisalign treatment is that the process requires patients to wear a series of transparent, removable aligners that is meant to gradually align their teeth. Their biggest success has been the fact that it requires no brackets or wires, and thereby eliminating the restrictions that traditional braces come with. Invisalign is made of patented thermoplastic material that is FDA approved and contains no BPA, latex or gluten, making it extremely safe to use and virtually invisible to the eye.

 

How does Invisalign work?

On your very first visit to a certified Invisalign provider, the doctor will digitally scan your teeth to get a 3D in-depth view into the alignment of your complete mouth and teeth structure and then creates a unique treatment that will chalk out the exact movements of your teeth. Then this 3D scan is then digitally sent back to Invisalign labs, once they receive the treatment plan and scan, the next step is for Invisalign is to individually custom-make clear aligners trays with their patented SmartTrack material for a controlled tooth movement. Patients can now actually see how their teeth would look with the digital impressions taken as opposed to the visualisation they would have to do with conventional braces.

When your dentist receives your customised first aligner trays prepared at the Invisalign labs, you will be called in for your first fitting. Once fully satisfied with the fit of your aligner, your dentist then shall continue to provide you a new pair of Invisalign aligners every 2 weeks. Patient will be required to come in for a routine check-up once in every 4-6 weeks to ensure that the treatment is on-track. And in matter of just 12-18 months patients can expect to get their desired outcome.

 

Does it work for everyone?

The most amazing thing about Invisalign treatment plan is that it works on a wide range of dental problems. It works brilliantly on dental problems like crowding, spacing, open bite, deep bite, narrow arches, posterior crossbite, anterior crossbite, extraction among a few to name. Additionally, Invisalign treatment can be a great solution for any age group whether you are an adult or a teen looking to improve your smile. My patients range from school going teenagers to working professionals in customer-facing roles, where they are expected to interact with clients every day. Teenagers using clear aligners have an added advantage, they can play sports of their choice without the worry of being hit in the mouth by a ball.

Invisalign’s innovation makes it possible for patients to discreetly fix nearly most of the common teeth alignment related issues without disrupting their busy lives and schedules.  Orthodontic treatments in the past required heavy force to move teeth into place. They were considered as uncomfortable and something no one looked forward to going through. However, the advancements in the orthodontic field, that simply isn’t the case any longer.

Unlike the traditional braces, you can remove Invisalign aligners while eating and one wouldn’t have to give up on their favourite foods during their treatment. Patients also will have the comfort of the being able to continue brushing and flossing normally as opposed to the traditional orthodontic appliances.   This eliminates the chances of your teeth getting damaged normally caused by wearing braces, including gum disease and cavities.

Invisalign does come with one drawback over conventional braces, that is the fact that if you are opting for Invisalign treatment then the outcome of the treatment solely rests on your adherence to wear the aligners for the recommended 22 hours/day. At the same time, all my patients who have used Invisalign, found it really easy to maintain the requisite 22 hours/day compliance. If you too have been dreaming of straight and perfectly aligned teeth and have been putting them off as having braces seemed scary then I would highly recommend you consider Invisalign. It is important to remember that gorgeous teeth can never go out of fashion!