Misaligned teeth can be a source of serious problems for many people. While most people assume that misaligned teeth are simply a cosmetic issue, it can be the source of many other problems. For example, misaligned teeth cause breathing problems, wear and tear of teeth, TMJ pain and much more.
In the past, teeth misalignment was corrected using metallic braces that were put over teeth. Metal braces, however, presented some problems. For example, they could not be taken off when one was having a meal and the result was that food particles were often trapped in the metal braces leading to tooth-decay problems. There were also cosmetic problems because metal braces were not very pleasing to look at. To deal with these problems, Invisalign aligners came along.
What are Invisalign Aligners?
Invisalign aligners are made of hard plastic that is custom shaped to precisely fit over a patient’s teeth while helping align them into their preferred position. Invisalign is made of clear plastic so people who wear them don’t need to feel awkward as the aligners are barely visible. Better still, Invisalign aligners can be removed during meal times. This means the patient can clean his or her teeth as normal, clean the Invisalign aligners separately before returning them back. This allows for higher levels of oral hygiene and lower risk of gum disease. Over the years, Invisalign aligners have come a long way and here are some of the advancements in Invisalign technology.
Modern Invisalign Technology
Modern Invisalign aligners can get the job done much faster than before. Treatment with Invisalign aligners typically used to take about 12 months but that time period has been shortened to about six months. Patients could expect to wear Invisalign trays for about two weeks before they got a new set but this has also been shortened to about one week. This reduction in time comes without any compromise to the result of the Invisalign process.
When you are dealing with kids and teenagers, it might be difficult to know if they are complying with the instructions on how long to keep the Invisalign trays on. Fortunately, modern Invisalign trays come with a compliance indicator that helps you to know when to change the trays. The Invisalign trays have a blue light that slowly turns to clear to show that it is time to change the tray to the next one in the series.
Finally, modern Invisalign trays use SmartTrack material that fits more easily over your teeth and is also easier to put on and remove. This makes mealtimes a breeze as you can easily take your aligners off even if you are not at home.
If you are looking for a qualified cosmetic dentist to fit the latest Invisalign aligners, look no further than Dr. Alex Rubinov of New York City. Dr. Rubinov is a professional and licensed cosmetic dentist with years of experience. Contact his practice at (718) 253-0800 for an appointment.