Having straight teeth is more than just aesthetically pleasing … crooked teeth can make it more difficult to keep all teeth surfaces clean allowing plaque to form and grow. This can lead to dental decay or the onset of gum disease. Invisalign clear aligners provide the ideal teeth straightening method for teens and adults without the stigma and inconvenience of metal braces.
Invisalign offers many advantages over traditional metal bands and brackets … they are:
- Clear – Invisalign aligners are made from a transparent material that is strong enough to gently shift your teeth into correct alignment; but the aligners are virtually invisible.
- Comfortable – Since there is no metal involved (bands, brackets, and wires are not needed); there is nothing to abrade soft oral tissues.
- Convenient – The Invisalign teeth straightening process works by a series of aligners designed to be updated every two weeks moving teeth toward their correct occlusion. Since you are able to replace aligners on your own, you do not need to see your dentist every few weeks to have wires tightened to keep teeth moving.
Removable – This is one of the most popular aspects of Invisalign aligners … they can simply be taken out so you can continue to eat all the foods you love. Once you are done with your meal or snack, simply replace the aligner. With metal braces, you are discouraged from eating crunchy, sticky, or chewy foods and snacks.
You no longer have to worry about brushing and flossing around braces; and your dentist will be able to thoroughly clean your teeth every six months throughout your teeth straightening program.
Your dentist will utilize photographs, x-rays, and impressions sending them to an Invisalign laboratory where a technician will fabricate the aligners using 3-D digital technology. The series of aligners will be forwarded to your dentist to be dispensed as seen best.
You need to wear the aligners a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day to achieve results in the designated time frame. When the straightening process has concluded, a retainer will be provided that must be worn so your teeth will be able to develop a memory of their new location. Failure to wear the retainer as prescribed may allow teeth to shift back to their original position.
Invisalign is clearly a superior method for teeth straightening over metal braces. Call our team today to schedule a consultation.