You may have often come across the term “Invisalign” in TV ads, and billboards or might have been recommended to you by your local dentist as a teeth-straighten option. Invisalign are see-through braces that help in aligning the teeth. In the following article, we will explain in detail about Invisalign and Invisalign Treatment in Dubai, the steps to get it installed, and its usefulness compared to traditional braces.
History of Invisalign
First, let us talk a little bit about the history of Invisalign. In the year 1997, two American students Zia Chishti and Kelsey Worth aimed to offer patients discrete teeth straightening treatment and invented the first system of clear-aligner. This was officially introduced to the market in 1998 by Align Technology, and soon after, many companies emerged in the market and started offering Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
As the name suggests (Invis-align) is a invisinle braces used to straighten teeth, consisting of multiple sets made from BPA-free SmartTrack material. Although they are not 100% clear, they fit quite closely to the teeth, which makes them barely noticeable. These types of braces are used worldwide as an alternative treatment to traditional metal braces.
Invisalign Vs Traditional Braces
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This depends on individual cases, but generally, normal braces will take from 1 to 2 years, whereas Invisalign treatment length averages from 6 months to a year.
Braces are known to be a fixed type of treatment and need a professional to remove them, while Invisalign is removable sets, thus you can easily remove them for eating, cleaning, etc.
In traditional orthodontics treatment, you need to see your dentist monthly, whereas with Invisalign it will be every 2 to 3 months.
Metal braces with rubber bands are the basics of braces. Invisalign is a see-through set made of plastic; so it is more aesthetically acceptable.
Certain food is not an option in traditional braces, and you will need to use a special type of interdental brush to clean between the brackets to make sure no food is stuck between them. However, with Invisalign, you will need to remove your set to eat, yet it is vital that you clean your teeth thoroughly before putting them back on.
Compliance of Patients:
With fixed braces, we usually see patients more committed to attending their appointments, thus making the treatment course more likely to be successful. But since clear aligners can be removed, more patients tend to neglect to wear them or even attend the dentist’s appointment.
Invisalign is more expensive when compared to fixed orthodontics; the pair usually costs between 2000-5000$.
When should Clear-Align be used?
They are usually used to treat mild to moderate misalignments; these include, but are not limited to:
- Crowding of teeth.
- Spaced teeth.
- Crossbite. (when the upper tooth fits inside the lower tooth)
- Open bite. (When front teeth do not vertically overlap, leaving an open gap)
- Overbite. (When the upper front teeth excessively overlap the lower front teeth)
Severe misalignment cases are usually treated with fixed orthodontic appliances (FOA). However, Invisalign can sometimes be used to treat more complex cases; this highly depends on your orthodontist’s judgment.
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The Process of Getting Invisalign
- Firstly, your dentist will perform a full mouth check, to ensure your mouth is as healthy as possible to start your Invisalign journey. Afterward, impressions of your mouth will be taken via digital scanning. At this point, a treatment plan will be tailored to your needs, and your dentist can show you what your smile will look like after you finish the treatment.
- Secondly, those impressions will be sent to a special laboratory, that uses 3D imaging technology to print out your customized pair of Invisalign. 12 to 48 sets will be fabricated; this number depends on the complexity of the case.
- Finally, at your next visit with your dentist, you will get the first pair of aligners. Your dentist will give you full instructions on how and when to wear them and when to come back for your follow-up visit.
Maintenance of Invisalign
For Invisalign to be successful, you will have to follow your dentist’s instructions; you will need to wear them at least 22 hours a day. It is crucial that you keep them clean by soaking them in a cleaning solution daily. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact us and we will be more than happy to address your concerns.
After you go through all the sets that are made for your case, your dentist will provide you with specially-made retainers to help keep your teeth in place and maintain your smile.
What Does the Evidence Say About Clear Aligners?
Most studies indicate that patients were more satisfied with Invisalign treatment when compared to fixed braces. This is especially recorded regarding the appearance and eating category when compared to fixed appliances. Additionally, with Invisalign, a reduced number of dental plaque was found, thus better gum health was recorded.
Azaripour, A., Weusmann, J., Mahmoodi, B., Peppas, D., Gerhold-Ay, A., Van Noorden, C.J.F., Willershausen, B., 2015. Braces versus Invisalign®: gingival parameters and patients’ satisfaction during treatment: a cross-sectional study. BMC Oral Health 15.. doi:10.1186/s12903-015-0060-4
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If your case of misalignment is either simple or moderate, and you prefer more discrete braces than metal ones, then Invisalign braces are the answer for you. Feel free to schedule a free consultation with Invisalign UAE in Dubai to check if your case is eligible for Invisalign. With over 20,0000 Invisalign cases treated we belong to the top 1% of Invisalign Providers Worldwide