Invisalign aligners are a ground breaking method of straightening teeth without using metal braces. However, there are only a handful of licensed orthodontic practitioners in Guanacaste that are qualified to carry out the procedure.
What is Invasalign treatment?
Invisalign is a computer technology used for closing gaps and straightening crooked teeth. The procedure involves using a computer simulation to remodel your jaw then fitting appropriate aligners for a period of 9 to 15 months. The pallets are replaced every two weeks and you will need to visit your orthodontist every 6-8 weeks.
Advantages and disadvantages of invisalign aligners
Invisalign aligners are invisible and much more comfortable than metal braces and do not cause inflammation of the gums. You can also remove them whilst you eat which makes oral hygiene much more convenient.
Although invisalign aligners can provide a good solution, there are potential disadvantages you should consider before deciding to go ahead with the treatment.
Because the pallets require replacing every two weeks to slowly correct the mold of your teeth, patients have to become accustomed to new pressure on the teeth at regular intervals.
The aligners can also cause a transient lisp at the beginning of a new adjustment period. The cost of Invisalign aligners is also typically higher than metal braces.
Why Invisalign aligners are not for everyone
Although Invisalign aligners treat most problems with crooked teeth including overbites, crowding, crossbites and gaps, there are some conditions aligners will not correct.
For patients with severely rotated teeth, angled at more than 45 degrees, skeletally based malocclusions and large tooth spacing of more than 6mm per arch, metal braces are more likely to be prescribed by your orthodontist.
Does Invisalign work without teeth extractions?
In many cases, it is not necessary to extract teeth when using the invisalign procedure. However, each case will be examined on its own merits and your orthodontist will advise you whether teeth extractions will be required.