Teeth straightening with Invisalign is an ideal solution for teens and adults. But straight teeth are more important than just aesthetics. A consultation with your dentist will reveal exactly how you can benefit by correcting your malocclusion with Invisalign clear aligners.
Traditional braces involve placing metal brackets on teeth; affixing wires to the brackets; and every few weeks a visit with the dentist to manipulate the wires is needed to keep teeth moving to correct the malocclusion. Metal brackets can abrade soft oral tissues; and wires can break resulting in wires poking in cheek, tongue, or gums.
The advantages of Invisalign over metal braces are numerous … they are:
Clear – Invisalign aligners are made from a clear plastic that is designed to keep teeth moving to their correct placement while remaining undetectable.
Comfortable – There is no metal involved with Invisalign aligners; the material is firm enough to keep teeth moving, but comfortable.
Convenient – The aligners are updated every two weeks … the patient can update the aligner without visiting their dentist making this means of teeth straightening much more convenient than standard braces.
Removable – Possibly one of the biggest advantages with Invisalign is that these braces are taken out for meals and snacking. This means the patient can continue to enjoy all their favorite foods. The aligners are also removed for completing the daily oral hygiene regimen of brushing and flossing.
Appointments with the dentist every six months for teeth cleaning and exam are easily
performed keeping teeth healthy. With metal braces, the patient may be faced with plaque build-up and possibly teeth staining; these are problems that do not occur with Invisalign.
Invisalign aligners are appropriate to correct an overbite, underbite, or crossbite. The dentist will prepare the tools needed by the Invisalign lab to fabricate a series of aligners using 3-D digital technology that will gently shift teeth to their correct occlusion over a designated period of time.
The patient is required to wear the aligners a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day to achieve the expected results as designed. Once teeth have been straightened, the patient will be provided with a retainer to be worn as instructed. This step of treatment is important as failure to wear the retainer may allow teeth to drift back to their original position.
To learn more about Invisalign, contact the office of Dr. Amy Durisin and schedule your consultation today.