Invisalign is a popular option for orthodontic treatment, particularly for adults. Unlike traditional braces, which use metal brackets and rubber bands to shift the teeth into the proper position, Invisalign uses clear plastic trays, custom-made by your orthodontist or cosmetic dentist. The trays offer several advantages over traditional braces. When you have finished your treatment, you’ll probably need to wear a retainer at night to be sure your teeth don’t shift back out of position.
If you need orthodontic treatment, talk to your cosmetic dentist about Invisalign. This treatment is particularly popular among adults whose jobs require them to maintain an immaculate appearance such as newscasters or people who deal extensively with the public. Invisalign can be used to correct a wide range of orthodontic problems, including:
In some cases, your orthodontist might recommend using Invisalign in conjunction with additional treatments such as splints or palate spreaders to be sure the treatment is as effective as possible. If teeth require extensive realignment, Invisalign might not be the best option, so consult with your orthodontist or cosmetic dentist to determine what treatment is right for you.
The Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign treatment involves several steps. First, you’ll consult with your cosmetic dentist to decide the best approach to take for your teeth. Then the dentist will need to make molds of your teeth as well as take detailed digital pictures. These will be used to make your customized Invisalign trays. These trays are made of hard plastic. You will wear each one for about two weeks. Each tray is made slightly differently so that it moves the teeth a short distance. By the time you reach the final tray, your teeth will be in the correct position.
After your treatment is complete, you’ll need to wear a retainer to ensure your teeth don’t move back out of position. This might be a specially made retainer, or your orthodontist might have you simply wear the last tray you used during your treatment. Be sure to follow all the post-treatment instructions you’re given in order to be sure your teeth remain straight and your smile stays bright and beautiful.
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