Invisalign® is one of the most exciting and innovative advances to come along in the field of orthodontics in quite some time. Designed for both adults and teenagers, Invisalign® a system of clear plastic aligners that are removable for eating, drinking, and daily oral hygiene routines. Not only are they more comfortable than traditional braces, but they are also virtually invisible to others – people may not even realize you are undergoing teeth-straightening treatment unless you tell them!
Benefits of Invisalign®
Many people who have misaligned teeth or overbite, underbite, and crossbite issues do not undergo treatment because of the aesthetic and functional disadvantages that often come with traditional braces. Some of Invisalign®’s many benefits include:
- Clear, plastic aligners custom-designed for your teeth
- Removable for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing
- More comfortable than traditional braces
- Often takes less time to achieve optimal results than traditional braces
- No wires or metal brackets
- Less time in the dentist chair for adjustments
- Can also be used to improve overbite, underbite, and crossbite issues
There have been a great many advances in Invisalign® technology over the years, which has increased the number of candidates for the procedure. We will evaluate you for Invisalign® treatment and determine whether you are a candidate. We have been able to treat many serious teeth alignment problems with Invisalign®, including severe crowding and spacing.
The Invisalign® process begins with a 3-D computer model of your teeth created from an impression or an optical scan. This will be used to make custom-designed aligners for your treatment. Once you start using the clear plastic aligners, you will wear each one for about two weeks, then change them out for the next set in the series. Each set is slightly modified from the one before, giving them the ability to gradually move your teeth into a more desirable position.
The exact amount of time you will need to wear the aligners for the best results will depend on the severity of misalignment; however, many patients need only to wear the aligners for about one year.
For teenagers, one of the chief benefits of Invisalign® is the fact that it can virtually eliminate the risk of being called “brace-face” or “metal-mouth!” Adolescents can attain significant improvements in teeth misalignment and bit issues with Invisalign® Teen, a special version of Invisalign® designed specifically for teenagers. Utilizing the same technology as traditional Invisalign®, Invisalign® Teen involves the creation of custom-fit, clear plastic teeth aligners that are removable for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. Each set of aligners will be worn for about two weeks, and then discarded to make way for the next in the series, paving the way for a gradual progression of teeth realignment to a straighter, more aesthetically pleasing position. In addition to being much more discreet than traditional braces, Invisalign® Teen typically takes less time to achieve great results and is more comfortable during the treatment process.