Invisalign® is an effective alternative to traditional braces and involves a system of clear, removable trays used to straighten teeth. Each Invisalign aligner is custom made to fit over your teeth and designed to move teeth gradually into their proper position.
Using Invisalign for orthodontic treatment is not for everyone. The best way to find out if Invisalign is the right option for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Oliver or Dr. McGrath.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign is used as an alternative to traditional braces. It is designed to help guide teeth into proper position. Just like braces, Invisalign uses gradual force to control tooth movement but without any metal wires or brackets.
Invisalign aligners are made with a strong plastic material that has been fabricated to fit your mouth. As treatment progresses, you switch aligners. Each aligner is a little different, so your teeth move a little more with every change. The aligners usually require the use of “attachments,” which are tooth-colored bumps that help your teeth move.
Aligners are worn for at least 22 hours each day, with a new aligner every two weeks. You remove them to eat and drink anything except cold water. The length of your treatment depends on the severity of your case, and treatment can take anywhere from six months to two years or more.
Advantages of orthodontic treatment with Invisalign
Invisalign is a great alternative for patients who want a straighter smile but do not want to wear braces, or for patients who have had treatment in the past and want to make minor corrections to their smile. There are several advantages to orthodontic treatment with Invisalign:
- Invisalign aligners are comfortable and less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks.
- Invisalign aligners prevent wear on the teeth from tooth grinding.
- Invisalign aligners are removable, so it’s easier for you to brush and floss after meals.
If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, schedule an appointment and talk to Dr. McGrath or Dr. Oliver about whether this is the right treatment option for you. Scheduling a consultation is your first step toward achieving the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.