Seeing Straight Teeth is Clear with Invisalign
It’s amazing to think that the Invisalign clear tooth straightening system has been around since 1998 because many people have only heard about it in the past few years. Invisalign is an alternative to traditional metal braces, utilizing clear plastics trays to move the teeth. The Invisalign system is excellent for mild to moderate orthodontic treatment.
Who’s right for Invisalign?
Invisalign does a good job on mild to moderate cases of crooked teeth. Because the trays are virtually invisible when worn, this system is a great option for self-conscious teens, of course, but also for adults who don’t want the stigma of metal braces in the workplace and social circles. Wearing the aligners and caring for your teeth is much easier with Invisalign.
Invisalign is not the right solution, however, for more severe orthodontic issues. For instance, patients with severe bite problems can’t use Invisalign, as more aggressive movement with braces and possibly headgear could be required.
What can Invisalign work on?
Invisalign can correct these issues:
• Crooked teeth
• Unevenly spaced teeth
• Mild to moderate bite problems
Advantages of Invisalign
There are three true advantages to Invisalign. First, since the aligner trays are made of clear plastic, they are virtually invisible when you wear them. Second, there are no brackets or wires to poke your cheeks or tongue and rub on your lips. Third, the trays are removable when eating and for brushing and flossing. This means that you can eat anything you want (such as corn on the cob) and cleaning is the same as teeth without braces.
How it works
Invisalign treatments usually last from six to 18 months. The process starts with a visual exam and consultation. Then photos, x-rays, and computer imaging are used to create a treatment plan, mapping out the amount each tray will need to move your teeth. Molds of your teeth are sent to the Invisalign lab for creation of your trays.
When they arrive, you simply slip the first tray onto your teeth. The idea is to wear your Invisalign trays at least 22 hours per day. Then every two to three weeks you discard the current trays and replace them with the next trays in succession. Your teeth are gradually moved into the correct, straight position. When this is accomplished, you will then be fitted with a retainer until your teeth no longer move.
Interested in Invisalign? Call us at 603-880-7004 and let’s talk about it.