The Invisalign system is used to correct mild to moderate orthodontic issues such as overcrowded or protruding teeth, malocclusion or bad bite, or under/cross/overbites. Many people prefer Invisalign over traditional braces because:
- The clear aligners are less noticeable
- The aligners are removable, which makes it easier to maintain your normal diet and oral care routine.
- It’s more comfortable – there’s no metal to irritate your gums, tongue, or lips
The aligners are made from medical grade, thermoplastic polymer that has high elasticity to allow for a more precise aligner fit and superior tooth movement, as well as to facilitate the delivery of a gentle and constant force during treatment with great comfort. Each set of aligners is custom-made to deliver a perfect fit over your teeth.
Invisalign for Adults
Generally, Invisalign treatment is recommended for adults of all ages because their teeth and jaws have finished growing and developing. Adults are also motivated and responsible enough to wear their aligners as directed by the Invisalign specialist.
Unlike braces that are fixed to your teeth, which means that the treatment will continue without requiring your input, Invisalign aligners require active participation from the patient. You’re required to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, removing them only when eating and brushing/flossing your teeth.
Invisalign for Teens
That said, there is an on option for teens known as Invisalign Teen that allows teenagers to enjoy the benefits of Invisalign when straightening their teeth. Some unique features of this option include:
- Power ridges that facilitate the growth of tooth roots into the right places
- Extra features to accommodate the developing teeth in teens
- Tools to help ensure teens wear each set of aligners for the recommended time
- Complimentary replacements in case the aligners are lost or damaged
You need to follow the direction strictly to ensure that your treatment proceeds as required, and doesn’t take longer than intended as this will increase the cost of treatment as well. Please visit your orthodontist to determine whether you’re a good candidate for Invisalign.