In the not too distant past, having misaligned teeth meant that you may have had to endure wearing unsightly overhead devices or metallic braces to ensure that your pearly-whites grew straight and true, but thanks to the advances of dental science, this is no longer the case. Indeed, the development of such innovative designs as those created by Invisalign mean that people with misaligned teeth can discreetly straighten them with thin plastic aligners that can barely be seen.
In using Invisalign, the teeth are gradually moved into the desired position with minimal discomfort, so the fact that Invisalign has been used by over 3 million people will come as no surprise – and as such, it’s becoming an increasingly popular option. These invisible aligners offer a more flexible option than standard braces do, but what else should you know about this ground breaking invention?
Q: What are Invisalign aligners made of?
In this modern day and age, people are more conscious of what goes into the manufacturing process of the items they use day to day. This could be to ensure that goods are sourced in an environmentally-friendly manner, or to double-check that the consumer suffers no reaction due to the processes used in the item’s production.
An Invisalign aligner, though very thin and practically invisible, is made of a tough, medical grade thermoplastic substance, according to Invisalign. What’s more, each aligner is tailor-made to fit teeth comfortably. Think of how contact lenses revolutionised the way in which people see, offering a freedom that wearing glasses couldn’t. Invisalign is making a similar impact in the world of orthodontics.
Q: Can I eat or drink with the Invisalign aligners in?
Because Invisalign aligners are very easy to remove and put back into place, it is best practice that you take them out before you eat. This is because, should you leave them in, you run the risk of breaking, cracking or distorting the material which has been created to fit your mouth precisely. Even though Invisalign aligners are remarkably strong, it’s best not to put their strength to the test when eating.
However, you can still eat and drink whatever you choose once you’ve taken out the aligners, which typically wasn’t feasible with traditional braces. It’s important, though, that you remember to brush and floss your teeth after eating to ensure a good standard of oral hygiene.
Q: Will the Invisalign aligners affect speech?
When you are first fitted with your Invisalign aligners, they may take a little getting used to, but this period of adaptation is short in most cases. Whilst you are getting used to your aligners, speech might not come as easily as it used to – for a short while.
Don’t worry, though, as soon as you have become comfortable with your new Invisalign aligners, you’ll be speaking as freely and easily as ever. In fact, according to the Invisalign website itself, a large majority of patients fitted with new aligners reported zero effect on speech, so speak easy!