WHAT IS INVISALIGN?
Invisalign is a clear orthodontic aligner system that can correct orthodontic problems such as crooked teeth, overcrowding, gaps, and bite problems. It works by wearing thermoplastic aligners that are fabricated from impressions taken of your teeth.
By wearing these aligners for 22 hours per day, the aligners exert gentle pressure on the teeth to gradually shift them into the proper alignment.
If we need to perform more complex tooth movements, we can bond Invisalign attachments to your teeth which are buttons made of composite resin which are placed on certain teeth and come in varying sizes and shapes according to desired teeth movement.
The attachments anchor the aligners and help exert extra pressure on specific teeth to encourage them to move in more complex ways. To correct misaligned bites, we pair the attachments with elastics which shift the jaws forward or backward.
Benefits of Invisalign
Transparent - The aligners are clear, so they blend in with your natural teeth, making them hard to spot unless someone is looking for them. Even attachments are tooth-colored and can’t be seen when wearing your aligners.
This is a sharp contrast to the old days of wearing hunks of metal over teeth to straighten them. Patients who are concerned about the aesthetics of their smile prefer to straighten their teeth with invisible Invisalign aligners.
More Hygienic - Since the aligners are removable, you will be able to take them out to brush and floss your teeth. A big issue with traditional braces treatment is that the bonded brackets and wires obscure the tooth surfaces and make it very difficult to clean thoroughly clean the teeth. This can lead to discoloration and cavities when the braces were removed. You don’t need to worry about that with Invisalign, because your regular oral hygiene routine will remain undisturbed.
Convenient - The removability of the aligners also means you can eat whatever you want so long as you take the aligners out first. While braces require patients to limit their diets to prevent oral health problems and damage to their braces, often needing to avoid their favorite foods, Invisalign allows you to live your life without restrictions. Since you also don’t need to get your braces tightened with Invisalign, you don’t need to attend as many routine appointments.
Comfortable - Braces exert more forceful pressure and the feeling of metal against the teeth can be uncomfortable, especially if you accidentally damage or break your braces. This can lead to oral injuries such as cuts to the inside of the mouth or damage to your teeth.
With Invisalign’s patented SmartTrack aligner technology, your teeth will remain cushioned with soft thermoplastic that exerts much gentler pressure.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
A good candidate for Invisalign is someone who has minor to moderate orthodontic problems and is in good oral health. As long as you don’t have a severely misaligned bite, large gaps, need teeth rotated past 20 degrees, or need to be lowered or raised into the gums, then Invisalign is suitable to treat most orthodontic problems discreetly and comfortably.