Straight teeth are important for a lot of reasons. Studies have shown that people who have beautiful smiles are perceived as being smarter and more successful, plus perfectly-aligned chompers make it easier to maintain your oral health. There is a time and place for traditional braces, but most adults want to avoid them at all costs. They’re bulky, detract from your smile, make it difficult to clean, and are sometimes painful to wear. When they’re necessary, they’re very beneficial, and the positives well outweigh the negatives, but a lot of the time, the same results can be achieved without braces. Invisalign is a great alternative and allows you to correct a crooked smile without having to wear braces.
Aside from the obvious advantages of avoiding traditional braces, the aligners don’t affect your appearance. They’re clear, and cannot be detected from a conversational distance. Plus, they can be easily removed for cleaning and eating, making it very easy to maintain your oral health throughout treatment.
How it Works
The system relies on CAD/CAM technology. A digital map of all your teeth is made, and a computer program then designs your ideal smile, deciding precisely where each tooth needs to be and how it must be angled in order to achieve it. After this, it calculates the number of steps, or aligners, that will be required to perfect your smile. The aligners gradually move your teeth and are flexible, so they’re far more comfortable to wear than traditional braces.
What Treatment is Like
Invisalign aligners must be worn all day, just like traditional braces would be, though they can be taken out for brief periods as needed. Every two weeks throughout treatment, you’ll switch to a new set of aligners. You’ll meet with the doctor frequently throughout treatment to check your progress, but you’ll receive a couple of sets of aligners each time, which will be switched at the doctor’s recommendation. At first, they’ll feel tight, but as your teeth shift into their final position for each aligner, they’ll fit perfectly. Because the process is streamlined and very precise, treatment can often be completed in less than one year.Not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign, but the majority of people can straighten their teeth without braces by using this method. Our doctors will perform an examination, look at your x-rays, and review your history to determine if the process is right for you. If you are a good candidate, then you can begin the process of having the 3D model of your teeth made. For more information, and to see if you’re eligible for Invisalign, contact us to schedule your new patient visit! Mention this blog and receive a $300 credit toward your Invisalign treatment.