Straight teeth can improve your smile and enhance your appearance. More importantly, orthodontic treatment improves your oral health and can prevent serious problems later in life. Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces offered by Dr. Tran at Centennial Smiles.
Invisalign is a completely different kind of orthodontic treatment that consists of clear plastic aligners you wear over your teeth. The aligners are removable and you typically change to a new set of aligners every two or three weeks. Aligners are made from computer-assisted designs based on a mold of your teeth. Each is slightly different and designed to move the teeth a little more with each change in aligners. Because they are almost invisible, adults in high profile jobs or media-related occupations often prefer this treatment to conventional braces.
The most significant difference in Invisalign is that the aligners are removable. They must be taken out to eat and to perform oral hygiene. Because they are removable, you need not modify your diet, and oral hygiene is much easier than with traditional metal braces. The aligners are made from smooth plastic, so you are less likely to have sore spots from a broken wire or a bracket that rubs on the tissue. Finally, the clear plastic aligners are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces.
Both teens and adults are good candidates for Invisalign. Invisalign cannot be used in younger teens or children because their teeth are still growing. As the aligner must fit the teeth, it is not practical to keep making different size aligners as the child's teeth grow. Adults and teens also are more likely to have the necessary self-discipline to wear the aligner for the recommended minimum of 22 hours a day. Invisalign is used by our centennial dentist for problems like gaps between the teeth, cross bites, crooked teeth, and most overbites and underbites. Severe malocclusion – teeth that don't match properly because the jaw is too large or too small – usually cannot be treated with Invisalign.
Like any dental appliance or orthodontic braces, you'll need to get used to wearing Invisalign. Generally, patients find the aligners comfortable, although there may be a sensation of pressure as the teeth move. The aligners are made to conform to the teeth and fit tightly enough that they cannot be dislodged during speech. Occasionally, people will notice a slight difference in their speech when the aligner is in place. You'll see your orthodontist about once every six weeks; you'll also get a new series of aligners about every three months. Depending on your orthodontic problems and response to treatment, treatment will take one to three years.
Like any orthodontics centennial treatment, success with Invisalign depends on the original problem, how your teeth respond to treatment and how well you follow your orthodontist's instructions. Please contact us if you have questions or want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tran.
I'm usually pressed for time in the mornings, and I appreciate how Invisalign doesn't slow me down. I just pop out the aligners, brush my teeth and pop 'em back in.
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