Since Invisalign has been made available to the public, millions of people have improved the function and aesthetics of their smiles. This revolutionary orthodontic system eliminates the need for permanent orthodontic appliances and instead, utilizes removable aligners made of plastic to move teeth to healthier positions over the course of treatment. Invisalign can improve spacing issues such as crowded or gapped teeth, as well as misaligned bites and overlapping teeth. Our dentists offer consultations for adults and teenagers seeking an alternative to conspicuous metal orthodontia.
How does Invisalign work?
As with traditional orthodontia, Invisalign corrects the positioning of teeth by applying force and pressure. Applying continuous and steady pressure will shift teeth to a straighter alignment over time. Unlike traditional metal and wire braces, though, Invisalign is made from different materials. Patients will simply wear a custom fitted retainer-like appliance called an aligner for two weeks at a time. These custom aligners will then be swapped out for a tighter set every successive two weeks until treatment is complete.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Wearing Invisalign offers numerous benefits to patients. First, the construction of Invisalign aligners means that patients can receive orthodontic treatment in as discreet a manner as possible. Since these aligners are clear, they are not noticeable to others.
Another benefit related to the materials that make up Invisalign is the fact that the plastic used to craft aligners will not cut into or irritate the linings of the cheeks and lips or the tongue.
Lastly, since patients can take out their aligners for meals and oral hygiene, eating a balanced diet and cleaning one’s mouth is much easier than with traditional braces.
How do I know if Invisalign is right for me?
Even though Invisalign can help many patients, some folks benefit better from traditional orthodontia. Our dentists can help you determine the best method of treatment for your situation. To schedule a consultation with our friendly and caring staff, call us at Balcones Family Dental today.