For many people, the thought of straightening their teeth evokes images of uncomfortable metal braces. Adults especially are less likely to get their teeth straightened due to not wanting to wear braces for a long period of time. Luckily the orthodontic field took a huge lead forward with the invention of clear braces: Invisalign.
Invisalign is a clear aligner that is worn over the teeth to gradually shift the teeth into position. Instead of attaching brackets to each individual tooth and using wire to move them into place, the clear aligners subtly do the same thing, but in a more efficient manner.
An impression is made of your mouth that is used as the basis for your treatment plan. Once a plan for your perfect smile is in place, it is just a matter of creating individual customized clear aligners for each phase of the plan. The aligners are worn for 20 – 22 hours a day and swapped out for the next aligner every two weeks.
Those that have worn Invisalign love the near invisible quality of the aligners and the ability to remove them when eating and brushing their teeth. Those simple activities with traditional metal braces can be a hassle. When worn for the appropriate amount of time daily, Invisalign can actually straighten the teeth faster than traditional braces and can allow for loner periods of time between orthodontic appointments.
While Invisalign is highly sought after as a form of orthodontic treatment, not everyone may be a candidate; Burlington, VT dentist, Dr. Novak, will first assess your oral health and smile to determine if you are eligible for Invisalign. If you are a candidate, Dr. Novak will take impressions of your teeth so that a treatment plan can put together for your case. The impressions will be sent to the dental lab to create a series of customized aligners based on your treatment plan.
For many adult patients, just the thought of wearing metal braces with the uncomfortable brackets and wires is enough to deter them from accepting the orthodontic care they need. However, thanks to advances in modern dentistry, there is now a clear solution for braces: Invisalign.
Besides being virtually invisible to the naked eye, Invisalign clear aligners offer many benefits, including: