Invisalign is an orthodontic option that entails wearing removable mouthpieces that slowly align the teeth and mouth to create a straight smile. The apparatus is clear, almost invisible and is a comfortable, effective, aesthetically pleasing way to get a straight and healthy mouth. The Invisalign name describes it best: it’s the invisible way to align your teeth.
Introduction to Invisalign Clear Braces
As an alternative to more traditional orthodontic solutions, which entail metal braces and brackets, Invisalign offers an orthodontic adjustment method that uses a series of clear aligners, or trays, to gradually adjust your teeth and alignment. From the very beginning Invisalign was a big hit, particularly for adults who just couldn’t see themselves wearing traditional metal braces. Today, Invisalign remains a popular choice for children and adults.
Invisalign is a perfect option if you’re looking for a more aesthetically pleasing way to straighten your teeth and fix your bite. Your Dental Associates Orthodontist will evaluate your case for Invisalign treatment.
Many orthodontic problems can be treated with Invisalign, like:
- Overcrowded teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Simple bite irregularities
- Relapses after traditional braces have been removed
How Invisalign Clear Braces Work
If your Dental Associates orthodontist feels Invisalign is a good fit for your orthodontic needs, a set of x-rays and teeth impressions will be taken. These x-rays and impressions will be sent to a lab where the Invisalign aligner trays will be made using a 3D computer projection of how your teeth could move with the help of aligners. The result of that projection is the basis for creating your custom-made aligners.
Your specific case will determine how many aligners you will need throughout your treatment, but typically a set of 20 to 30 aligners are needed for both the upper and lower teeth. Your orthodontist will provide your Invisalign aligners in groups, a couple at a time, and you’ll wear each aligner for about two weeks. Invisalign trays are removable, and should be removed for eating and brushing your teeth, but wearing them consistently is vital to treatment success.
Your orthodontist will want to see you every four to six weeks to make sure the Invisalign treatment plan is going well and to give you a new set of Invisalign aligner trays.
How Long is the Invisalign Treatment Plan?
The entire length of treatment depends on your specific alignment problem, but most adult teeth are corrected in less than a year. Teenagers who have Invisalign treatment tend to need a little longer, about a year to 18 months. The more faithful you follow the treatment plan, which means keeping them in for 20-22 hours a day, removing them to brush and floss regularly, eating and drinking what you should, and seeing your orthodontist for follow-up appointments, the sooner you’ll be smiling with the help of Invisalign!
Traditional Braces versus Invisalign Clear Braces
Invisalign clear plastic tray orthodontic treatment is recommended to correct many orthodontic problems. Traditional metal braces have specific indications in the treatment of some severe alignment corrections. Your orthodontist will give you the best recommendation after thoroughly examining your mouth and evaluating your adjustment needs.
Advantages of Invisalign include:
Aesthetics: Invisalign clear plastic aligners fit snugly over teeth and are barely visible to others. Metal braces have the same end result, but are more obvious to others, especially the traditional metal wire, bracket and brace appliances. Other clear braces options like ceramic braces and lingual braces are less noticeable, as well, but still require more hardware than the Invisalign option.
Comfort: Invisalign clear aligners are smooth, sleek and fit snuggly to the teeth. They cause very little irritation to your gums or the inside of your mouth. There may be some minor soreness when a new set is first used as your teeth shift to accommodate the new aligners, but that soreness goes away quickly.
Convenience: Your orthodontist will give you your Invisalign aligners in sets. As your treatment progresses, your orthodontist will want to see you every 4-6 weeks just to make sure your adjustment is progressing well and to give you your new sets of aligners. Traditional braces require a few more visits to the orthodontist to make adjustments.
Easy Oral Hygiene: Oral hygiene is easy with Invisalign. The plastic aligners are removable, so it’s easy to brush and floss regularly. And because the Invisalign treatment plan calls for you to remove your aligners before eating and drinking, less food gets stuck between teeth, which in turn helps alleviate potential dental issues like cavities.
In general, Invisalign braces are a great option for people who have minor alignment problems. Invisalign offers a cosmetically appealing, easy, convenient, nearly invisible way to create a healthy, happy smile!
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