Do you yearn for a straighter smile? Perhaps you’ve already worn braces in the past and have noticed that your teeth have moved from their positions after orthodontic treatment. This is not an uncommon situation. Teeth can shift out of alignment after wearing braces. Fortunately, Invisalign is a suitable treatment option for many people who have worn braces before along with those who have never received orthodontic treatment. Invisalign is a discreet and comfortable orthodontic treatment system. If you are interested in Invisalign, consider making an appointment with our practice to speak with our dentist, who is an Invisalign provider.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic system that was developed by two Stanford University graduate students in the late 1990s. The inventors sought to develop a treatment method that is more inconspicuous and comfortable than conventional metal and wire braces. Invisalign utilizes oral appliances called “aligners” which fit snuggly over teeth. Aligners are made from clear plastic so that they are virtually undetectable to other people.
How does Invisalign work?
Like other orthodontic treatment options, Invisalign works by applying gentle yet consistent pressure to teeth. This force and pressure generated by Invisalign is what is necessary to make teeth move. This pressure is caused by custom aligners fitting tightly over teeth like a retainer. Treatment is broken into two-week phases. A set of custom aligners is worn for two weeks, then patients receive a new tighter set to wear for another phase of treatment. As each set of aligners becomes progressively tighter, patients will begin to notice improvements in spacing and tooth positioning. Once treatment is complete, nighttime retainers will need to be worn to keep teeth in their new positions.
What makes Invisalign unique to other options?
The design of Invisalign is obviously very unique. Its clear plastic construction is very different in appearance from metal and wire braces. Other unique benefits of Invisalign are the fact that there are no sharp edges to cut into soft tissue—thereby eliminating discomfort and the need for dental wax during orthodontic treatment. Invisalign is also removable. Aligners are taken out for meals and oral hygiene.
If you’re curious about Invisalign, call our practice to schedule a consultation with our dentist.