In addition to misaligned teeth, bite issues such as overbites and underbites affect one’s appearance and oral function. When it comes to orthodontic treatment, many adults prefer discreet methods of improving their appearance and bite (occlusion). For this reason, our dentists offer Invisalign – a revolutionary way to address bite issues and misaligned teeth that is both inconspicuous and comfortable. Sometimes referred to as “clear braces”, Invisalign was specifically designed as a comfortable and discreet alternative to traditional metal and wire braces. This form of treatment can correct common issues like gapped, crooked, and overlapped teeth as well as improve underbites and overbites.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign works similarly to traditional braces. The difference, however, is in the materials used. Instead of conspicuous brackets and metal wires, Invisalign straightens teeth with the use of form-fitting aligners made of semi-soft plastics. Patients will wear a set of aligners for about two weeks and then swap out their previous set for a new, tighter set. Each set is designed specifically for each patient so that they fit properly and apply just enough pressure and force to straighten teeth over time.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Aligners are made from clear plastics and therefore are very discreet. In fact, Invisalign is practically undetectable to others. In addition to being discreet, Invisalign is comfortable. The plastic used to make aligners will not cut into or irritate soft oral tissues as fixed, metal orthodontia does. Lastly, Invisalign is removable. When wearing Invisalign, aligners are removed during meals and oral hygiene. This makes eating food, brushing, and flossing much easier.
Who is a candidate for clear braces?
Many people can benefit from this type of treatment. Typically, Invisalign is reserved for adults or teenagers. If you wonder whether clear braces are right for your needs, we recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our dentists. At your appointment, our team will evaluate the placement of your teeth through an oral examination to see how Invisalign can be of benefit to you.
Call our practice at 512-200-7422 to reserve an appointment and discuss with our specialists about whether Invisalign is right for you!