Braces are series of tight-fitting custom-made mouthpieces that slip over the tooth. Invisalign is the largest producer of Invisible braces. However, other brands such as Clear Correct, Inman Aligner, and Smart Moves are also significantly contributing to the market. 

While the efficacy of traditional braces is convincing, their aesthetic characteristics make them less desirable. Most teenagers don’t want to draw attention towards their teeth straightening treatment. The Invisible braces are not only efficient as traditional braces but also aesthetically more appealing. The Invisible braces are hardly noticeable in the mouth.

Not everyone is eligible for Invisible braces. According to the study by “American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics”, the mean accuracy of Invisalign for all teeth movement is 50%, whereas the lowest accuracy occurred with rotation (46%). So the patients with several alignment issues may have to depend on traditional braces. Schedule an appointment with your dentist in your closest dental clinic to check your eligibility for treatment with Invisalign.

Am I the right candidate for Invisalign?

Invisible aligners are used to treat mild or moderately crowded teeth or have minor spacing issues. A patient who has complex alignment issues may need different treatments.

Most people are ideal candidates for Invisalign. However, here is the exception to the list include the following

  • The patient who is unable to stop smoking during the treatment is not a good candidate. Smoking cause discolouration on the aligners that will make the aligner visible on your mouth.
  • Patients who are not motivated to wear the aligners for 22 hours is a bad candidate for Invisible braces.
  • Children who are too young – Invisible braces work best on teenagers and youth.

How do they work? 

Every Invisible brace has its unique way of straightening the teeth. let’s talk about the biggest player in the market, Invisalign. Invisalign uses clear aligners created from computer-generated images and the impression taken by your orthodontist. While the traditional braces use the fixed wires to pull the teeth into alignment Invisible braces align the teeth by using the series of moulds that developed across a series of a month.

How long does the treatment take?

 The duration of the treatment varies from patient to patient. The main factors that influence the duration of the treatments are

  • The severity of the cases
  • how compliant you are with your treatment plan
  • your Age

The type of crowding or spacing issues you have will determine the duration of your treatment. During the consultation, your Orthodontist or Dentist will be able to give you a time estimation for your treatment. The other factor that influences the duration of the treatment is your age. When you are younger, it is easier to align the teeth. Does that mean the adult teeth can’t be straightened, no it may take a likely take longer?

another thing that may affect the duration of the treatment is, how closely you follow the instructions of the Invisalign Provider. Invisalign is designed to move the teeth at a time. Once the tooth is aligned it is time to align the next teeth. You have to switch the aligners. If you don’t follow those instructions closely, your treatment will likely take longer.

Invisible braces are a great option to straighten your teeth. Especially the Invisalign Braces. The duration of the treatment is varied based on a variety of factors including age, compliance with treatment plans, regular follow-up with a dental provider, the type of spacing or crowding issues you have and so on.

How do straight teeth improve your smile and the overall health of your teeth?

Having straight teeth looks great but it goes way beyond the aesthetic appeal of your smile. There are proven health, social and psychological benefits. Following are the Health benefits of your teeth.

Decrease the risk of tooth Decay: 

It’s easier to clean the straighter teeth. Crooked & misaligned teeth cause food particles to stuck in between the teeth and the debris produces acids that destroy the enamel of your tooth. The straightened teeth give better access to brushing and flossing.

Still unsure if you want to go for Invisalign treatment, schedule a free consultation with Dr Hana Hasse

Author Bio
reviewed and corrected by
Dr Hana Hasse
Dr Hana Hasse is specialized in Orthodontist from Germany and completed her post-graduation from the USA.
She has 25+ years of experience and currently working as Medical- Director of German Dental & Dermatology Centre Doha