Having a smile that is both healthy and attractive is important. With that said, many people choose to forgo a better smile because treatment with braces makes them nervous. Sometimes it is because of the look of braces in other cases, it is the restrictions braces place on their lifestyle. But no matter the reason for steering away from braces treatment, there is still a way to get the smile you have always dreamed of Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a system that accomplishes the same thing as braces—moving the teeth into their ideal position—but does so with clear plastic aligners instead of metal brackets wires. These aligners cannot be seen by others, can be removed, and are very comfortable to wear. Treatment is based on computer imaging of the dental anatomy using the starting positions of the teeth as a base, the computer program determines how to best move the teeth, and then based on this, the prints of the aligners are generated.
What Benefits Does Invisalign Offer?
For those who are eligible for treatment with Invisalign, the method offers numerous benefits. We are, of course, fans of traditional braces, but we also understand why many patients want to avoid them—the look, the feel, the appointments, the lifestyle changes, the length of treatment, and more. Invisalign addresses the majority of the downsides that come with wearing braces.
- The Look: Invisalign aligners are made to fit your teeth perfectly; combine this with the clear plastic material and they are invisible when worn.
- The Feel: The metal of braces can be abrasive, but the smooth plastic of Invisalign aligners means there will be no irritation to the tissues of the mouth.
- The Appointments: You make adjustments by swapping out aligners once every two weeks, so we only need to see you about once every two months.
- The Lifestyle Changes: Invisalign must be worn 22 hours a day, but since it is removable, you can take it out to eat, drink, brush, and floss, so no need to change your habits.
- The Length of Treatment: Compared to traditional braces, treatment with Invisalign is usually a few months shorter while not a lot of time, it still makes a difference.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign works like braces do pressure is placed on the teeth in strategic ways, moving them into place. Instead of using brackets and wires to do this, the shape of the aligners does. The exact places where force is exerted will change with each aligner, just as is the case with braces adjustments. Once the teeth are in their final positions, retainers will be used to keep them looking great.
If you are wondering if Invisalign is right for you, contact our office to set up your initial consultation.