Have your teeth shifted in alignment after you’ve had orthodontic treatment? This is a common occurrence among adults whose wisdom teeth have come in or for those who didn’t wear their retainers properly after initial treatment. If your smile is not as straight as you would like it to be, Invisalign might be a solution for you. Our orthodontist offers Invisalign as a treatment alternative for braces.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign is an orthodontic system that straightens teeth with clear plastic appliances called aligners. Using the same principles as conventional braces, Invisalign moves teeth by applying consistent pressure, which facilitates healthy tooth realignment over time. Aligners are not fixed oral appliances; they are removable. A set of aligners is worn for two weeks. They are custom made so that they fit over teeth and accommodate the size of the mouth and curve of the jaw. After two weeks, aligners are exchanged for a tighter set. As aligners get tighter, teeth get straighter. The duration of treatment depends on the needs of the patient. Those who only require minor tooth movement will obviously have shorter treatment times.
Benefits of Invisalign
Because Invisalign involves using clear plastics and removable oral appliances, this orthodontic system offers unique advantages. Since Invisalign is removable, patients do not have to worry about their orthodontic treatment getting in the way of oral hygiene and meals. The plastic used to make aligners is very comfortable, meaning that those receiving Invisalign treatment will not experience irritation to soft oral tissue like those who wear conventional orthodontia might. Lastly, Invisalign is a discreet treatment option since it is clear. Wearing Invisalign is practically undetectable to others. The inconspicuous appearance of aligners is beneficial to working professionals and adults self-conscious about the appearance of their smiles.
If you are interested in Invisalign, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our orthodontist. At your appointment, we will review your oral health history, answer your questions, and perform an examination to determine the best treatment for your needs.
Call us today to reserve an appointment at Bunn Orthodontic Group!