Invisalign is another popular option for adults that are unhappy with their smile. Often straightening teeth and bite, along with whitening, give the exact result patients were looking for.
Although we don’t do Invisalign in our office, we can refer you to a great orthodontist who does!
How does Invisalign work?
Throughout treatment, determined by your dentist, you are supplied with a series of clear aligner trays. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to tooth position, gently moving your teeth to the final place. Approximately every two weeks, you will start a new set of aligners, continuing until your treatment is done.
What are Invisalign aligners (trays) made of?
The aligners are made of a thermoplastic material explicitly developed by Invisalign. They look similar to teeth-whitening trays. Each aligner is custom-made for you based on your treatment plan.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners look better and are much more discreet than traditional wire braces. Unless someone resembles closely, most people won’t even know you’re wearing them. Invisalign aligners are also removable. For the best results and a favorable outcome, aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day. However, unlike with braces, you have the flexibility to remove your aligners to eat and drink what you want during treatment. You never have to worry about food stuck in your braces.
One of the less obvious benefits is that you can remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would, for fresh breath and good oral hygiene. It’s much more comfortable than the complicated flossing routine of regular braces. Lastly, there are no metal brackets or wires that could irritate your mouth, an advantage over traditional braces. Plus, since your office visits during treatment don’t involve metal or wire adjustments, you’ll spend less time at our office!
How long does Invisalign take?
The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case, which we will determine at a consultation in our office. The average case takes about 12 months or less for adults.
Who is Invisalign for?
More than 4 million patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign. Invisalign can be used to correct the following dental problems:
- Crowded Teeth
- Spaces between Teeth
- When teeth shift after traditional braces have been worn but a retainer wasn’t used properly to maintain changes