What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a revolutionary way to straighten teeth. Using computer modeling, a series of aligners are made to straighten teeth over a period of time. (See the picture on left; these are aligners.) Patients change aligners every two weeks and see the dentist about once a month to check progress. No more ‘railroad tracks’ on your teeth to get them straight!
What are the advantages of straight teeth?
Everyone looks better with straight teeth. Here’s a young lady who is more confident and happy with her teeth straight! We are a certified Invisalign provider.
Are there other benefits to straight teeth?
Yes, straight teeth offer these other advantages:
- Straight teeth are easier to keep clean. There is less chance of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease if teeth are straight.
- Straight teeth wear more evenly so they don’t break, chip, or crack over time.
- Straight teeth make for a better bite. This can mean a patient is less likely to have TMJ (jaw pain) problems, headaches and painful muscles.
How much does one wear the aligners?
Aligners are worn 22 hours a day – all the time, even when sleeping, but not when eating.
What are the advantages of aligners over traditional braces?
Aligners move the teeth gently; they are quite comfortable. Teeth are easier to clean with aligners than traditional braces; you remove the aligners to brush and floss as usual. Traditional braces are much harder to clean.
Are there drawbacks to Invisalign?
Aligners must be worn 22 hours per day. Patients who cannot comply with this should not use Invisalign. Sometimes, traditional methods of braces are used with Invisalign. There are some cases that Invisalign can’t help. Schedule an appointment to learn about Invisalign and whether it’s a good fit for you.