Invisalign Braces: How It Works
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.
The Benefits of Invisalign Braces
Invisalign braces refer to clear or transparent devices that are used in dental procedures to straighten teeth. Also known as invisible retainers or clear-align treatment, these devices are an alternative to traditional metal braces and were designed to progressively straighten misaligned teeth. They are very convenient especially for people who would like to correct their dental alignments but find metal braces to be embarrassing or just inconvenient. Below are some of the benefits of Invisalign braces.
Invisalign braces are worn on the back of the teeth and are not easily noticeable to the naked eye. Unlike traditional metal braces, the clear aligners are more attractive and do not affect the appearance of the mouth at all. They are ideal for adults and even teenagers because they improve the appearance of teeth when one smiles and removes the stigma associated with wearing metal braces.
Less Damage to the Teeth and Gums
Metal braces use a lot of force to align teeth which often causes damage to the teeth and gums. It also makes brushing difficult. With Invisalign braces, one can still be able to brush and floss their teeth with no difficulty. This enhances better dental care and reduces the risk of tooth decay and demineralization which is commonly associated with metal braces.
Safer and More Comfortable
Invisalign braces are generally safer and more comfortable. They are smooth and do not have any sharp edges hence; they do not irritate or cause discomfort to the teeth, gums or cheeks.
Another benefit of Invisalign braces is that they can be removed and worn with ease as they do not require the help of a professional. Once attached however, metal braces can only be removed by a professional.
With Invisalign, you can also eat any food you want without having to worry about food particles getting stuck on your braces.
Shorter Duration of Treatment
Unlike traditional dental braces which can take more than two years to straighten teeth, Invisalign braces usually take between a year and 18 months to work its magic.
Patients Know What to Expect After Completing Treatment
Before dental patients are fitted with Invisalign braces, they usually go through a comprehensive and fully computerized treatment plan where digital impressions of their teeth are taken and scanned into a computer. This way, the patients are able to see images of how they should expect their teeth to appear after the treatment.