Dental brace technology has progressed in recent years and invisalign braces are in the vanguard of these developments. The idea behind dental braces is a very simple one. If your jaw and teeth are misaligned, a dental brace applies pressure to correct this misalignment. The membrane on one side of the teeth expands whilst the other contracts. The teeth loosen and straighten, and the bone surrounding the membrane regrows to hold the teeth solidly in place.
What Are Invisalign Braces?
Invisalign braces first became publicly available in 2000. The inventor of this new brace technology was Zia Chishti. With traditional braces, you had one pair that you wore constantly and adjusted at regular intervals. Invisaligns are different. You notice this difference immediately because they are transparent. One of the great things about Invisaligns is that they can be removed. Anyone who has worn braces will know just how wonderful that is because it means you can clean them. The other big difference is that with Invisaligns you wear a series of them, each one computer designed.
So, How Exactly Do They Work?
The starting point is that you don’t have to wear metal braces anymore. Invisaligns have clear plastic aligners so they tend to blend in much more with your teeth and it’s very difficult to tell that you are, in fact, wearing braces. Each set of aligners are worn for a period of time, in general about two weeks at a time.
In that two week period, very slowly, bit by bit, your teeth move, just as they would with a conventional set of braces. You wear your Invisaligns all the while. It’s recommended that you wear them for 20-22 hours a day. Yes, that means they can be removed. So when you want to eat your favorite pizza or lasagna, you can take off your braces and enjoy your food. And if that wasn’t good enough, you can leave them off while you clean your teeth and floss.
How Long Will I Have to Wear Them for?
Everybody is different, of course, so it’s impossible to be specific about things. However, you are probably looking at having to wear your Invisaligns for about twelve months or so.
Will It Be Painful?
Traditional braces can very uncomfortable, and wearing them can make you quite anxious. Invisaligns do the same job as traditional braces; they move your teeth into a new alignment. Therefore, you may experience a little discomfort; more a feeling of pressure, when you start wearing your Invisalign.