Invisalign takes a modern approach to teeth straightening. This system uses multiple custom-made aligners created for you and only you. The aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth like a mouth guard. While wearing the aligners, they will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets and no wires to tighten during this process. You just put in a new set of aligners approximately once every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. Invisalign also makes it easy to floss and brush as the aligners are removable. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re wearing them! Not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign as ir does not correct skeletal problems however, with technology advancements there is constantly a growing number of candidacy. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation!
Why is It Needed?
Orthodontics has traditionally used metal braces in order to straighten teeth. Although efficient, there is a major downside to conventional wire and bracket braces: they are visible. They show every single time a patient wearing them opens the mouth. A patient seeking to realign his or her teeth in order to have a straighter smile has to accept that his or her current smile’s imperfections will temporarily be even more obvious due to the blatancy of the braces. Fortunately, new technologies have emerged: it is now possible for people who want their teeth’s position to be modified for cosmetic reasons to do so with an invisible treatment called Invisalign.
The benefits of having straight teeth is more than just the appearance. It is important to have self confidence in your smile, however there are also health benefits to having straight teeth. Crooked teeth are more likely to have red and irritated gums caused by food build up. This trapped food and bacteria can over time cause tooth decay. Crooked teeth can also have more wear as teeth sustain many pounds of pressure every time you bite down. This can cause premature wear of your teeth and unnecessary chipping. Inflammation of the gum has been linked to diabetes and heart disease, and being able to chew your food properly helps with digestion reducing gastrointestinal problems.
What Does It Consist Of?
Invisalign is an alternative to conventional metal braces. The treatment consists of a number of transparent, removable aligners that help self-correct the positioning of patient’s teeth. This process continues until the desired smile is finally obtained. The number of aligners needed is different for each patient. Each aligner is only worn once, for about two weeks. The aligners resemble thin, subtle mouth guards that the patient wears throughout the day and removes only when eating, drinking and cleaning your teeth. Ideally, the aligners should be worn approximately 22 hours per day.
How is It Carried Out?
When the patient and the dentist agree to opt for Invisalign in order to modify the patient’s smile, the first step is to take records which consist of impression, close up photos of the teeth and a panorex. These impressions are then sent to a company that will process the impressions with the help of a professional software capable of precisely calculating the different steps through which the patient’s teeth will have to go in order to reach the desired smile. These computerized calculations will then allow the company to fabricate the necessary transparent aligners that will be worn during the treatment.
For more information on invisalign please do not hesitate to contact us or check out www.invisalign.com
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