Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional orthodontia. Millions of people throughout the United States and beyond have improved the placement of their teeth by wearing Invisalign. Although this orthodontic system effectively straightens teeth and corrects spacing issues, it is still a relatively new form of orthodontic treatment and many people have questions about how Invisalign works and who best benefits from it.
You might be wondering what makes Invisalign different. Perhaps you are wondering if this treatment will interfere with previous dental work like crowns. Those with dental crowns can utilize Invisalign to straighten their teeth without negatively affecting their restorations. In some cases, wearing Invisalign is preferred to traditional orthodontia for those with dental crowns because Invisalign doesn’t utilize fixed oral appliances that require bonding to restorations on teeth.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign works by applying consistent gentle force and pressure to teeth, much like traditional metal and wire braces do. The difference, however, is that Invisalign is a retainer-like oral appliance made from semi-pliable plastics. Called “aligners”, Invisalign’s oral appliances are removable and not fixed or bonded to teeth.
Patients will wear a set of aligners for two weeks and then receive a new, tighter set. Tighter aligners are worn in succession throughout the course of treatment to produce noticeable results. With time, patients will begin to see results like straighter teeth that are evenly spaced.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Compared to fixed orthodontia, Invisalign offers some unique advantages. Invisalign’s aligners are removable. This means that people can remove their aligners for brushing, flossing, and eating. Many patients report that oral hygiene and eating is difficult because metal and wire braces can be obstructive. Removable aligners resolve this potential issue.
An obvious benefit of Invisalign is this teeth straightening system’s discreet appearance. Since aligners are clear and plastic, others will likely not notice that you are receiving orthodontic treatment. Moreover, the plastic design of aligners will not cut into soft oral tissue, thus increasing one’s level of comfort during treatment.
To find out if Invisalign is right for you, call Balcones Family Dental at 512-200-7422 to reserve a consultation.