What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an invisible, removable, and comfortable aligner that will give you a beautiful and straight smile. It is an orthodontic alternative to traditional braces where the patient wears a series of custom-made clear plastic aligners that gently and gradually move their teeth into alignment so that the patient can achieve a healthy bite where the top and bottom teeth properly function and fit together.
What Conditions Can Invisalign Treat?
Clear aligners are great for those who have crooked teeth, crowded teeth, gaps, overbites, underbites, open bites, or even crossbites.
It is important to note that even though clear aligners can treat a variety of orthodontic conditions, it may not be the best treatment option for everyone.
What’s The Difference Between Invisalign and Braces?
Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners put the treatment’s effectiveness on the patient’s shoulders as the patient is responsible for wearing the aligner constantly.
For the treatment to work properly, aligners should be worn for at least 22 hours each day unless otherwise instructed. Patients should remove the aligner to eat, drink, brush, and floss their teeth only. Otherwise, they should be worn night and day.
Benefits of Using Invisalign
Traditional braces can be painful, uncomfortable, and put limitations on diet, which makes clear aligners like Invisalign an appealing alternative to many patients. Some of the benefits of clear aligner therapy include:
- They are custom made to fit the patient’s teeth
- They are removable
- They are easier to keep teeth and gums clean and healthy
- They are clear and discreet
- They are less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks
- They can help prevent wear on teeth from tooth grinding
How Does Invisalign Work?
Clear aligners work like any other orthodontic appliance where pressure is applied to the teeth, gradually moving them and reshaping the supporting soft tissue and bones.
We will conduct a full dental exam of the patient’s mouth to assess the most appropriate treatment option. This exam may include digital scans, photographs, impressions, and x-rays.
Once we determine Invisalign is right for you, a series of clear aligners are created specifically for your unique dental goals and lifestyle needs.
How Long Is The Treatment?
The length of treatment can also vary depending on what the patient’s goals are and the condition of the teeth. We will be able to give you a better estimate of how long treatment will take once you have a customized treatment plan.
Generally, aligners are changed every 2 weeks to gradually move the teeth. The total number of aligners can vary from patient to patient, though on average patients can go through anywhere from 20-30 aligners during treatment.
For more information on Invisalign and our services or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today at (407) 682-5757.