The Better Way To Straighten Teeth
Ever wanted to have your teeth straightened but were afraid it might hurt or cost too much?
invisalign® works similarly to braces but many patients prefer invisalign® due to its practically invisible nature. invisalign® uses smooth, see-through plastic aligners that are more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable than wire braces.
With invisalign®, you aren’t restricted to eat certain foods since the plastic devices are removable anytime and easy to clean. Best of all, there is less periodic office visits for invisalign® maintenance. Whereas braces require more frequent visits, invisalign® adjustments are needed once every four to six weeks.
Patients who are good candidates for invisalign® typically have:
- Crowded or crooked teeth
- Unevenly spaced teeth
- Cross bites, overbites or under bites
There are many benefits to invisalign® compared to braces:
- Appearance: designed with transparent braces that are invisible compared to metal braces.
- Comfortable: it can be removed when eating.
- Clean: it is taken out when brushing teeth or flossing, so it’s easier to keep teeth clean than with braces.
- Safe: doesn’t cause shortening of roots like with traditional fixed brackets.
- Faster: provides quicker results than braces.
At the first consultation, your dentist will discuss the patient’s case in detail to see if the patient is a good candidate. Your dentist takes x-rays, and impressions of teeth, which invisalign® uses to create a digital 3-D image of them. Your dentist will use these to create a treatment plan and show how the teeth will adjust with each treatment.
Custom-made aligners are then made specifically for the patient’s needs. The aligners are made of BPA-free plastic that won’t irate cheeks and gums like braces. Teeth will slowly go to their proper place, and no one will know you are wearing them.
Every two weeks, a new set of aligners are worn that advance the teeth to the next stage of treatment. The dental check-ups are usually only every four to six weeks.
Treatment takes about a year for adults, but of course every case is different.
How invisalign® Aligners Work
Aligners are made of BPA-free, thermoplastic and look similar to teeth-whitening trays. invisalign® aligners adjust teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force. invisalign® not only controls this force, but also when the force is applied. Only specific teeth are permitted to move at each stage.