In the late 1990s, the inventors of Invisalign decided to develop an alternative to traditional braces that was discreet and comfortable. This goal led to the invention of Invisalign, which is an orthodontic system that straightens teeth in a comfortable and discreet manner. Sometimes referred to as clear braces, Invisalign are custom fitted aligners made from clear plastic. This treatment option is ideal for adults and teens who desire a straighter smile without the need for obvious metal and wire orthodontia. Our orthodontists offer consultations to determine if Invisalign is right for one’s needs.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign works by using consistent force and pressure to straighten teeth over time. While pressure and force is used to facilitate tooth movement with traditional braces, Invisalign simply utilizes different materials to achieve the same effect. Invisalign involves wearing a series of retainer-like appliances that are custom fitted. Every two weeks, patients will wear a tighter fitting set of aligners. With time, the process of wearing tighter sets of aligners will move teeth to healthier positions.
Benefits of Invisalign
The fact that Invisalign is clear is an obvious benefit. Clear braces allow a patient to receive orthodontic treatment in a discreet manner. In fact, Invisalign is nearly undetectable to others. Since the aligners are made from clear plastic, they will not cause irritation to the lining of the lips or insides of cheeks as traditional braces commonly do. Another unique and beneficial feature of Invisalign is the fact that these oral appliances are removable. Unlike fixed metal brackets and wires, aligners are worn like a retainer and are removed for meals and oral hygiene. This means patients can eat a variety of foods without difficulty and clean their teeth without obstruction.
Candidates for Invisalign
Most adults and some teenagers are candidates for Invisalign. Adolescents undergoing tooth transition typically require traditional, fixed orthodontic appliances. When determining if Invisalign is right for a patient’s needs, our orthodontists consider a number of factors including whether or not wisdom teeth have been removed, the position of all teeth, and one’s occlusion.
To learn more, contact Bunn Orthodontic Group and schedule your informative consultation today.