Invisalign- Just how Invisible are they?

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Invisible Braces One of the most attractive characteristics of Invisalign braces is that the teeth of the patient are moved using clear plastic aligners. This is exactly what makes Invisalign quite invisible when compared to traditional orthodontic braces which comprise of bonded wires and bracket or else the removable types made of metal and plastic.

If you are worried that people might actually tease you as having "metal teeth" or even "bracket teeth," you can be assured that Invisalign aligners are undoubtedly far less noticeable then conventional braces. However, you do have to be aware of the fact that Invisalign aligners are not completely invisible. As long as you are interacting with people who are standing at least three or more feet away, your braces are likely to go unnoticed. On the other hand, if the person is closer to your and is someone who pays close attention to detail, they might actually be able to look into your "oral secrets."

The invisibility factor of Invisalign aligners can slightly stoop low in cases where you stand in direct sunlight or when you are under an intense source of artificial light. In such situations, your teeth might seem somewhat shiny. Also in some cases, you might need tooth "attachments" to give direction to the forces of the aligner. These attachments are usually small lumps of white material that are bonded directly onto the surface of your teeth. Mostly these attachments are not visible, but in some cases they might be quite apparent and can tip-off the fact that you are wearing invisible braces. Anyhow, you have a choice in this regard since your dentist can tell you beforehand about whether you will need attachments during the course of your treatment.

Even though you wear clear braces, your Invisalign treatment might need you to use a few rubber bands or elastics. These elastics are secured and later stretched to anchors which are bonded onto your teeth. Depending on the location of the anchors, you might actually be able to see these elastics. Again, you have a choice in this respect since your dentist will tell you before the treatment about whether you will need the elastics or not.

Invisalign aligners have to be taken out when you are dining. So, you have to be wary of the fact that there will be "semi-private" times when you will have to take out your aligners.

By now, you might be a little uncomfortable about Invisalign aligners since you may think that they are not as "invisible" as you thought they were. However, you must note that not all of the above circumstances will apply to you and besides even if they do, Invisalign aligners offer far more invisibility than the typical metal braces that many people wear. Give some thought and you will realize how invisible Invisalign is!

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