What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is a popular type of orthodontic treatment system which uses clear trays made of medical-grade plastic which move teeth into place gradually. Also called aligners, these removable trays serve the same purpose as the bands and brackets of traditional metal braces. The aligners hold several key advantages such as:
- They can be removed to make it easier to brush and floss your teeth during treatment.
- They can also be removed while eating so you don’t have to worry about dietary restrictions.
- Their clear plastic construction means they are almost invisible when worn.
- There are no sharp wires or brackets to cut into lips and cheeks which makes them more comfortable to wear.
- They are custom-made for your mouth and don’t rely on one-size-fits-all brackets and wires.
- Most patients can complete treatment more quickly compared to traditional braces.
What is the Invisalign® Procedure Like?
First, the patient will have impressions made of his or her teeth. These impressions will be scanned into a computer, which will create a series of three-dimensional images which show how the teeth will need to shift over time to come into alignment. The models will be used to create a custom set of aligners based on the person’s specific alignment needs. The patient will wear each aligner for about two weeks before swapping it out for the next one in the series. The gradual adjustments keep the patient’s teeth shifting in the right directions. Approximately every six weeks, the patient will go in for an appointment to ensure the treatment is progressing as it should.
Is Invisalign® a Good Option for Every Patient?
While the Invisalign® system can be an ideal solution for many people, it is not the best choice for all orthodontic needs. During your evaluation, you will learn if Invisalign® is right for you, and if not, you will learn about other options which can help you get the results you’re looking for.