Straighten your teeth with Invisalign®
What is Invisalign® and how does it work?
The Invisalign® System is a series of clear orthodontic appliances, called aligners that allow you to straighten your teeth without having to wear traditional braces. Each pair of aligners in the series is worn in two-week increments (removing them only to eat, drink, brush and floss) and moves the teeth in gradual steps to the desired final position.
What are the primary benefits?
- Undetectable- The clear aligners are virtually invisible to others.
- Removable- The aligners are removable for eating, brushing and flossing.
- Comfortable- The aligners are comfortable to wear, since there are no brackets, wires or permanent fixtures.
Sure, there are other options out there for straightening your teeth, but none offers the level of comfort, convenience and confidence that you’ll find with Invisalign®. And no matter what stage you’re at in life, you’ll appreciate how our cutting-edge approach to treatment has minimal interference in how you live, but has a significant positive impact on how you look and feel about yourself.
How are plastic aligners able to change the position of the teeth?
The most important thing to remember about the removable braces is the fit of the tray over the patient’s teeth. It generates a force, which straightens the teeth. When the patient starts to wear the first Invisalign® aligner, he would notice that it doesn’t fit well and sometimes it could be hard to get into the mouth and also get out. The explanation of this fact is that it is because it is formed to fit the alignment that the teeth need to have after two weeks.
Each aligner is designed on an individual dental cast. It is very important to know that each tray can do reposition to specific teeth. This would be few teeth or many teeth and this depends on the chosen tooth movement at the particular stage in the treatment. The region which is not fitting would apply a gentle pressure to the proper teeth. After some time, the teeth will match the shape of the aligner. When the patient wears the tray for one week, he may notice that by this time he feels the aligner more comfortable. This is not because the aligner has modified or changed, this feeling is because the teeth situation is now different.
Candidates have to know that the force, which is applied to move the teeth is very small. Basically, each aligner is created to move the selected group of teeth about 0.25mm. For many patients this number can sound very tiny but, after a few series of aligners, they can transform the crooked smile into a perfect one. However, plastic aligners use the same orthodontic principles like the traditional braces. Some cases require the use of attachments. These are small dots of dental bonding, which are placed at specific locations on the selected teeth. They can have a different shape depending on their purpose in the suggested treatment. Buttons also can be a part of the Invisalign® treatment. These are small and plastic brackets which serve as an anchor point when wearing elastic or rubber bands.
The Invisalign® treatment is not that simple and because of this, an experienced and well-trained dentist is needed to make the most convenient orthodontic treatment plan.
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