For quite some time, the only way to fix misaligned teeth was to go to your orthodontist’s office and get braces. However, not everyone is fond of the idea of braces. For adults, wearing braces could be embarrassing and cause a lack of confidence. For kids, the idea of taking care of your teeth beneath all the hardware associated with braces is daunting and a lot of responsibility. Thankfully, there is now another way: Invisalign.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a tooth-straightening system that utilizes a series of thermoplastic trays called aligners. Each aligner is specially fitted to your mouth to move your teeth in a sequence chosen specifically for you by your dentist. They are virtually invisible, and are generally considered more versatile than braces.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign moves your teeth by applying controlled force to predetermined places, much like braces. There are only a few teeth that move at once, and the adjustments are slight between each new aligner. Your dentist will map out the entire correction before you begin, so you will know what to expect at each and every step.
How Is Invisalign Different From Braces?
The largest difference between Invisalign and braces is that the Invisalign trays are removable. While it is recommended that you wear the aligners at least 20 to 22 hours each day, the convenience of taking them out for proper oral hygiene is unmatched. Furthermore, appointments will likely be faster since there is no need for wire adjustments.
Who Is a Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign can correct a large range of dental issues, but if you have a severe bite problem or severely crooked teeth you may not be a candidate. You must also be willing to continuously wear your aligners, even though you may be tempted to take them out. Invisalign offers a Smile Assessment, which is a good place to start if you are unsure about your candidacy.
How Long Do the Treatments Last?
The treatment process varies on a case-by-case basis, but the average length is about 12 months for an adult. Teens may vary longer or shorter, so it is best to consult with a dentist for a time frame. You will see your dentist once every four to six weeks throughout treatment to stay on track.
Conclusion: Invisalign Could Be Your Answer to Straighter Teeth
While braces are effective, they have some drawbacks that are hard to ignore. Invisalign could help you get straighter teeth without the look of braces, while providing you with the ability to continue with a strict dental hygiene regimen. If you are considering straightening your teeth call us today to set up a free consultation to see if Invisalign is right for you!