Braces may seem kind of cute on kids. On adults, however, they aren’t so attractive. Today, there is a new alternative to sporting a mouthful of metal for straightening teeth: Invisalign™.
Invisalign™ is an almost invisible way to straighten teeth. Most people won’t even notice that you’re wearing aligners, so you can smile in confidence throughout the treatment period.
If your teeth are crooked or crowded, if you have unwanted gaps between teeth, or if your bite is off, Invisalign™ can be the answer to your orthodontic woes. When Invisalign aligners are worn instead of unsightly braces, you won’t feel self-conscious about smiling in public. The aligners are clear and difficult for others to detect. No one will label you with names such as “Metal Mouth.”
Invisalign™ aligners are more comfortable than braces and can be removed as needed. Braces, on the other hand, can irritate the mouth. When soreness develops, the patient cannot remove the braces, but simply has to tolerate the soreness. Only a dentist or orthodontist can remove braces.
The success rate has been quite good among adults and teens who chose Invisalign™ over braces. In fact, treatment for orthodontic problems has typically taken much less time with Invisalign™ than with braces. The average treatment time with Invisalign™ is around one year. Braces often require several years to achieve desired results.
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Invisalign™ is an innovative technology for straightening teeth that consists of a series of clear, removable aligners. Each aligner is designed to make a slight correction in the position of the teeth. By the end of the treatment period, the teeth should be in the desired position.
Each invisible aligner is worn for approximately two weeks before moving on to the next aligner. Unlike metal braces, these aligners can be removed before eating, brushing, and flossing. (The number of aligners needed to complete the straightening process averages between 18 and 30.)
Our dentist or orthodontist will have you come in periodically to check the progress of the treatment. The length of time and the number of aligners required to complete the process will depend upon your personal progress.