Invisalign is a teeth straightening method that has many advantages over metal braces. A consultation with your dentist is the first step to determine what is needed to enhance your smile and improve your oral health by correcting a malocclusion. Getting Started with Invisalign Your dentist may utilize photographs, dental x-rays, impressions, and/or digital imaging…Details
Looking for a comfortable, discreet, and fast way to straighten crooked, crowded, or widely spaced teeth? With Invisalign clear braces, you’ll experience a state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment that effectively repositions teeth – with no metal to irritate your mouth or detract from your image.
What is Invisalign®?
Not so long ago, the only option to correct and straighten misaligned teeth or improve the appearance of a smile was to be fitted with unsightly metal braces. This treatment involved having metal supports attached to teeth, along with a series of wires which a dentist would tweak and adjust at specific points to reach the desired result. Although effective, the treatment was time-consuming, and had an unappealing effect on a person’s smile, not to mention the increased difficulties it posed to cleaning and eating!Invisalign, however, has changed the way a dentist can perform tooth realignments. Invisalign offers all the benefits of treatment with traditional braces, but looks better and doesn’t hinder eating or cleaning efforts. That’s because Invisalign braces are created using a clear material that renders them all but invisible.
Instead of wires strung through metal brackets bonded to teeth, Invisalign utilizes clear, acrylic aligners. The aligners fit snugly over teeth and exert gentle pressure to initiate movement into the ideal arrangement. Invisalign also improves the function of smiles by correcting slight bite misalignments, as well.
The custom-made aligners are designed from an impression of your smile. A highly trained technician at a certified Invisalign lab use the model of your smile to create your unique series of aligners from safe, BPA-free acrylic. You’ll wear each set for about two weeks before moving on to the next pair in your series.
Benefits of Invisalign®
Invisalign clear braces can be removed to let you eat the foods you love and easily clean your teeth. Treatment time is faster than with traditional orthodontia, and many Invisalign patients achieve their desired results in less than a year.
The Invisalign aligners are worn the same way as an athlete would wear a gum shield; each aligner is customized by the dentist to best fit your mouth and each one in the series of treatments will move teeth gradually into position.
Invisalign can also be used to alter the position of several teeth at once, and the retainers worn typically worn for approximately two weeks before being replaced by the next retainer in the treatment. Over a period of time, the teeth are gradually shifted into the desired position, and once treatment is complete, the final retainer is often used to preserve the finished result.
Invisalign braces are also more comfortable to wear than traditional braces, and as they can be removed, the patient can brush and floss their teeth, and eat the foods they enjoy without problem. What’s more, you can see results as they happen, whereas with braces, it’s difficult to envisage the end result until the appliances are removed.
It is little wonder that with so many benefits, Invisalign has grown in popularity as a means to realign teeth and get that winning smile without the need for unsightly metal braces. Call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Huriega at Aesthetic Dental Partners. We provide comprehensive, personalized dental care for residents of San Antonio and surrounding areas.