Although traditional metal braces are still a very popular option for straightening teeth, advances in dental technology have developed Invisalign®, a system of clear aligners that is just as effective at producing a straighter smile as traditional or ceramic braces. Each custom aligner works in a similar way to metal brackets and wires – by exerting a small amount of pressure on the teeth to gradually shift them to a new position. If you are considering teeth straightening treatments, visit our office to learn more about Invisalign®.
The Invisalign® system has several benefits over traditional metal braces, including:
- They are nearly invisible.
- They are more comfortable than metal braces.
- They are removable.
- They reduce damage and discomfort to the cheeks and gums.
- They are easier to clean.
- Treatment time with Invisalign® is shorter.
An initial consultation will be needed during which your dentist will examine the position of your teeth, and you can discuss your goals. Your dentist will then create a treatment plan, which will map out the expected movement of the teeth. You can preview the movement as well as the projected results. Impressions will be taken of your teeth to create the custom aligners, which are made of a proprietary, multilayer material called SmartTrack®. The aligners will be made to follow the treatment plan.
Instructions for use
For best results, the aligners must be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day. A new aligner will be changed out almost every week, according to the treatment plan. Regular check-ups with your dentist will be necessary to monitor the progress of the treatment. Wearing the aligners for the recommended amount of time ensures that they are effectively shifted; with Invisalign® aligners, the teeth can be moved horizontally, vertically, and even be rotated if needed. The aligners can be taken out when brushing and flossing the teeth. The aligners themselves will also require cleaning, which involves simply a gentle brush and rinse.
An average Invisalign® treatment lasts about 12 months for adults. Treatment time depends on the severity of the case. A retainer will usually be recommended at the end of the treatment to maintain the new position of the teeth.
If you are looking for teeth straightening options, contact us today for an Invisalign® consultation.