So, why have universities realized the importance of teaching Invisalign to future orthodontists? For this, we can look at what the technology is and which characteristics have made it so popular. Invisalign straightens your teeth using a custom-made series of aligners created for you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth.
Some of the reasons Invisalign has become so popular is because:
· Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign relies on a transparent mouthpiece that gradually moves the teeth around without being as cumbersome or noticeable as metallic wires and brackets. Many people do not like bringing unnecessary attention to themselves and so having something indiscreet covering your teeth is somewhat embarrassing. It causes many people to hide their smile simply because society finds it unusual to have metal brackets over your teeth. Invisalign gives back a sense of confidence.
· Invisalign is brilliantly customized for each individual. Every Invisalign mouthpiece is different because each one is customized to fit your teeth as they are now and shape them according to your needs. Using different modeling techniques, your orthodontist and the Invisalign laboratory mold a one-of-a-kind mouthpiece because they understand that not only is each mouth unique but also that as your mouth continuously changes shape as teeth are aligned, the mouthpiece will, in turn, need to be changed.
· A lot of patients who have used braces have complained that they are painful and they are extremely cumbersome having them on permanently. Invisalign uses no brackets or wires, does not require regular tightening, and can only be seen with close inspection. One can argue that in every way that matters, this treatment is better than braces.
· An overlooked factor is that Invisalign technology allows the patient to eat anything. The mouthpiece is removed at mealtimes so that patients are free to eat whatever they would like without worrying about compromising their treatment. It is important however to note that eating while having the mouthpiece on can create issues and so it is always advisable to remove them at all mealtimes. This is a luxury that one cannot have with braces. Certain food can get stuck and this will often lead to patients having to go back to doctors.
There is no doubt that Invisalign technology has much better advantages in everyday life compared to braces and this is highlighted by its popularity.