Invisalign Invisible Braces

Updated on November 12, 2020

Invisalign braces are increasingly popular, with over a million people in the world on the treatment. Invisalign braces seek to gradually straighten the teeth in cases of crooked or crowded teeth. 

As only 35% of the world’s population have well-aligned front teeth, these braces’ need is imminent due to their convenience as one of the most common solutions for orthodontic problems. Invisalign braces are a set of clear invisible braces that replace the need for traditional or metallic braces. 

Treatment process

When deciding to get the Invisalign invisible braces, it is best to start with a consultation to determine whether the braces are the right choice for you. The orthodontist will examine your smile and bite technique and consider the exact teeth to be moved by the braces. The next step will involve examining the teeth and cleaning them to check whether the gums and teeth are in a condition suitable to be fitted with the braces. This helps prevent unnecessary risks and infections. The braces’ customization will then ensue to create customized braces for each tooth to fix the teeth structure well into the mouth, as only a few teeth will be moved at a time. 

After the customization, the aligners will be made and fitted over the existing teeth. Invisalign aligners require a constant change to a new set after every one or two weeks depending on the treatment plan. This time frame ensures that the teeth move slowly and gradually to prevent shrinking roots, causing loose teeth. The Invisalign braces shift the teeth to straighter new positions causing the gums to reform around each tooth in the new position. The orthodontist will be able to shift the aligners and adjust them for adequate treatment. The aligners are then worn for 20 to 22 hours a day for around twelve to sixteen months, depending on various factors. For instance, how often an individual wears the aligners, and the scope of treatment will determine the length in which each individual will be required to have the aligners for the right results.

Invisalign braces require proper care to ensure the treatment works well. They should be taken out when eating, brushing, or flossing as they can be distorted with hot substances. The overall results of the treatment can be visible after a few weeks. It is best to stick to a routine that ensures strictness and dedication in returning the aligners for the recommended amount of time. 

Benefits of Invisalign invisible braces

These braces are invisible on the teeth. The treatment process is painless and non-invasive as the aligners are placed over the existing teeth. However, patients may experience some tenderness during the time they have the set on. This is usually a clear indication that the aligners are moving as expected, and the discomfort wears out with time as the mouth gets used to the braces.

Invisalign braces are removable, making them convenient to enjoy your favorite foods without the worry of particles getting stuck on the teeth, as in traditional braces. They can be removed and do not have the burden of remaining fixed in the teeth for some time like metallic braces. 

Invisalign braces are comfortable and attractive. As with traditional metallic braces, they do not fill the mouth awkwardly, nor is the metal visible outwardly. There are also no accidental cuts or bruises that may come as a result of abrasions. As they are formed like a mouth guard, they are to wear and suitable for all ages.

These invisible braces are low maintenance and are cleaned by brushing them in toothpaste or water. Additionally, you can purchase cleaning tablets that dissolve in water for them to soak in. 

It is easy to visualize how the Invisalign braces will shape your teeth through 3D simulation digital impressions, creating virtual images of how the teeth will look after treatment compared to other orthodontist treatments. 

Invisalign braces cost an average estimate of $2500 to $6000 depending on location, orthodontist, and treatment scope. Most Invisalign providers have payment options that enable the patient to access treatment and pay over a period of time.

Trends in Invisalign invisible braces

The clear Invisalign braces constitute about 80% of the orthodontist market share and a CAGR expansion rate of 23.1% by 2027. With the growing technological advancements and the need for invisible aligners for cosmetic appearances, the Invisalign market is growing rapidly. The largest consumer market is teenagers due to their aesthetic appeal.

The use of tele-orthodontics, which consists of acquiring mail-order teeth aligners, has surged in 2020, with most key players in the market boasting sales of up to 90% in the past months. This is expected to gain momentum in the coming future with rampant social media engagement amongst teenagers.

3D imaging and printing technology provide an extra and additional view to patients in establishing the result before treatment.

The rise in awareness and the need for teeth improvement have heightened the focus on Invisalign braces. Most individuals are focusing on the benefits of orthodontic procedures, which enhance facial features and restorative dentistry. The growing number of many general practitioners, such as dentists or orthodontists doing successful Invisalign processes, has also encouraged treatments making them more accessible to the public in most areas.

Things to consider

Before embarking on an Invisalign treatment, it is best to research to determine whether it is the right method for you. For instance, it is best to ask friends or acquaintances who have done the procedure to get a feel of what to expect. Researching through the internet will also show the techniques needed and guide in decision making. Having a sit down with your dentist will also guide you in identifying whether these braces are the right fit for you.

Finding experienced orthodontists is important in determining the right movement of teeth. Only professionals are trained on how to move the teeth structure properly when aligning them with the braces. It is vital to review your insurance plan to check whether it covers Invisalign treatment.

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