Enhance Your Smile
Invisalign is a type of clear braces made available in 1997. It is helpful in treating mild malocclusion, such as spacing issues, crowding and cross-bite. The system involves wearing plastic aligners for up to 22 hours daily.
- Almost undetectable to others
- No food restrictions
- Conveniently removable
- More comfortable than traditional braces
How It Works
When you are being treated with Invisalign, you will be provided with a set of clear plastic aligners that are custom-fitted to your individual teeth and mouth. At specified intervals, you will switch out your current set of aligners for a new set of Invisalign aligners until the completion of your treatment.
How is Invisalign different from metal braces?
Many patients find Invisalign treatment to be superior to traditional metal braces. One reason is that the aligners are removable whenever you need to eat, drink, or smile for photos. Just keep in mind that your aligners need to be worn for up to 22 hours a day to stick to your treatment plan.
Another key difference between Invisalign and traditional braces is that the Invisalign system is removable. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign involves no food restrictions. You would just remove your aligners to eat or drink.
You would be changing out your aligners about every two weeks. In contrast, wearers of metal braces must visit their orthodontist to have their braces tightened at periodic intervals. With Invisalign, you can change your aligners at home without the need for a dental appointment.
Invisalign aligners are made from a smooth type of plastic that is created to snugly fit over your teeth. There are no sharp edges or metal pieces that could poke or irritate the soft tissues within your mouth.
Invisalign is so well known for being virtually invisible that it was built into the brand name itself. It is unlikely that anyone will know that you are being treated with Invisalign unless you decide to let them know.
If you have only mild to moderate misalignment, your treatment can likely be completed in from 12 to 18 months. This assumes that you are compliant with keeping your aligners in your mouth for the required amount of time so that your treatment time is not unnecessarily extended.
Both teenagers and adults are able to be treated with Invisalign. The factors that determine if you make a good candidate for Invisalign include your overall health and the degree of your dental issues, such as severe spacing or crowding.
Are you ready to find out if you would make a good candidate for treatment with Invisalign? If so, please reach out to our office today to request more information or to schedule your convenient Invisalign consultation.