You don’t need to be decked up in glitz and glamor or be adorned with the wildest riches to brighten up a room when you walk in. All you need is a set of pearly whites to do the job. Big smiles and straight teeth have been reported to positively affect an individual’s confidence and well-being. However, not everyone is blessed with straight, beautiful teeth. Malocclusion or “bad bite” is an abnormal condition when the upper and lower teeth do not align upon closing your mouth. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), malocclusion is one of the most common oral health issues, estimated to be between 39% and 93% in children and adolescents.
Just because your teeth are a little crooked does not mean that they must stay that way throughout your life. Approximately 4 million Canadians and Americans are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment to improve their malocclusion. Now more than ever, adults are opting for corrective treatment perhaps due to the overwhelming pressures of oral aesthetics. And since everything needs to be “cosmetically superior”, braces are facing a major freezeout. The market for chunky metal braces has been in the doldrums in recent years especially due to the uprising of clear aligners.
Clear aligners are the new best thing for correcting misaligned teeth in the most discrete manner possible. Due to their aesthetic as well as wearability appeals, the clear aligner market has expanded exponentially in the last decade. Naturally, there are a lot of brands that are playing the clear aligner game such as ClearCorrect, Spark, and most importantly, Invisalign®. There cannot be a mention of clear aligners without also speaking on Invisalign. So, a little history lesson on the top dog.
Clear aligners are transparent trays that are fabricated out of specialized materials and are used to exert gentle and constant forces on the teeth to move them into their desired positions. They are typically custom-made for each patient through a digital scan, ensuring that every patient receives a treatment plan that is personalized to their unique needs.
Align Technology was one of the first companies to associate with the clear aligner concept. In 1999, it launched its very own line of clear aligners called Invisalign®. Invisalign® is a clear aligner system that consists of a number of custom-made trays that are swapped out by the patient every few weeks. Today, Invisalign® is the leading player in the clear aligner market and a fan favorite.
This comes as no surprise as it is an efficient method to straighten out malocclusions not only ranging between mild and moderate complexities but can also be used for some severe cases. In addition, Invisalign® is also created to fit perfectly in your mouth, meaning that there won’t be any awkward slip-ups in social settings when you need your smile to reflect the best in you. All you have to do is wear these custom plastic trays from 20 to 22 hours a day and switch them out for new sets every 2 weeks until your malocclusion is appropriately corrected. In some cases, patients have might special instructions such as wearing elastic bands.
When compared to traditional braces, Invisalign® clear aligners offer impressive benefits that have made them the front-runner in the world of teeth straightening. Some of these incredible advantages are:
Dr. Yazji is a Diamond+ Top 1% Invisalign® Provider in North America. Alongside her superb expertise in orthodontics, Dr. Yazji’s level of care and attention to detail for all her beloved patients is unparalleled.
We are consistently striving to combine the brilliance of Invisalign® with the top-notch care and expertise of Dr. Yazji to create the most outstanding results. If you or anyone you know would like to take your smile to the next level, choose Invisalign® with Dr. Maria Yazji. Book your free Invisalign® consultation here.