Many patients who would benefit from orthodontic treatment are reluctant to pursue it because they don’t want to spend years with a smile obscured by metal appliances. Now, a newer treatment method known as Invisalign can help our patients achieve their goals without sacrificing the smile’s appearance in the process.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign relies on basic orthodontic principles—applying forces to the teeth to reposition them—to correct the smile’s alignment. However, rather than using standard appliances to move the teeth, Invisalign relies on a series of clear plastic trays to do so. The trays are practically invisible to outside observers.
The trays are custom-designed based on information the dentist gathers during the initial examination. Invisalign uses a progressive series of trays to achieve the desired treatment outcomes, and the patient is responsible for changing the trays on the schedule provided by the dentist.
In addition to its limited effect on aesthetics, Invisalign tends to be more efficient than traditional orthodontic treatment, with treatment completed in as little as 12-18 months.
Who can receive Invisalign treatment?
The Invisalign technology has improved significantly since the system was first introduced, and Invisalign is now appropriate for a wide variety of increasingly complex patient situations, including crowding, malocclusions and spaces between the teeth. Both adults and teenagers can receive treatment with Invisalign.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Although an invisible orthodontic treatment is what initially appeals to most patients, the benefits of Invisalign go beyond your appearance.
The comfort of our patients is always a top priority, and Invisalign delivers in this area. Eliminating the brackets and wires used in conventional orthodontic treatment reduces the risk of injury to the soft tissues of the mouth.
Invisalign is also more convenient for patients. The trays can be removed when it is time to eat or brush and floss your teeth. With no appliances to get in the way, patients can maintain a normal diet and do not need to alter their oral hygiene routine.
If you would like to improve your smile without standard orthodontic appliances, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists to see if Invisalign would be appropriate in your case. We would be happy to give you more details on this treatment method and show you results from previous patients with cases similar to your own.