As an alternative to traditional metal braces, invisalign is a dental treatment procedure that is used to straighten crooked teeth and to treat various types of dental cases including; tooth crowding, gaps, spacing, cross-bites, overbites and under-bites.
Invisalign braces correct orthodontic (dental) issues by progressively moving teeth into appropriate points using a series of transparent plastic aligners. This dental treatment option has increasingly become popular in America especially among adults because it is a more comfortable, safer and convenient way to correct dental problems.
How Invisalign Treatment Works
Visiting with Dr. Reese is the first step towards getting invisalign braces. During the consultation process, Dr. Reese will evaluate your tooth health and alignment so that he can determine whether you are a suitable candidate for this type of dental treatment.
Once Dr. Reese has confirmed your suitability for invisalign braces, your tooth impressions are taken and scanned into a computer. Here your invisalign aligner will be able to determine how long you will have to wear the braces in order to achieve the desired results. You will be able to see how your teeth will look after the duration of treatment.
Customized aligners or invisible braces will be made for you using your tooth impressions and 3-D technology. This process usually can take between six weeks to two months. Once the customized aligners have been made, Dr. Reese then bonds the aligners to your teeth.
Regular Dental Visits
You will need to schedule regular visits with Dr. Reese. However, these visits are significantly fewer than those you would otherwise require for metal braces. This is because fewer adjustments will need to be made due to the fact that your invisalign braces are customized and specifically made to fit your teeth.
How is Invisalign Different from Traditional Braces?
They are clear and made of plastic
Whereas traditional braces are made of metal and require wire, bands of brackets in order to straighten the teeth, invisalign braces are made of clear smooth plastic aligners.
They are Removable
Once metal braces have been fitted, they can only be removed by a professional. Invisalign braces however are easily removable and can be removed when necessary. They must be removed before eating.
They are fitted at the Back of the Teeth
Unlike traditional metal braces which must be fitted on the front of the teeth, invisalign braces are always fitted on the back of the teeth which makes them pretty invisible and basically unnoticeable to the naked eye.
Duration of Treatment and Appearance of the Teeth after Treatment Can Be predicted
Invisalign braces are also different from traditional braces in that the duration of the treatment as well as the appearance of the teeth after treatment can be determined. With metal braces, it may not be possible to know how exactly the teeth will appear when the treatment process is complete.