For many people, orthodontic treatment is a right-of-passage typically embarked upon somewhere between childhood and adolescence. However, for some older teens and adults, orthodontic care is just as necessary to creating a healthy, beautiful smile. While traditional braces are an effective option, a less aesthetically noticeable solution may be desired by many older patients. Thankfully, Invisalign aligners offer self-conscious patients a discrete solution for achieving a healthy bite and a straighter smile.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign clear aligners provide an innovative, clear alternative to metal braces. Unlike traditional brackets that adhere to your teeth, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic trays to gradually shift teeth into proper alignment. Each set of transparent plastic trays are worn for approximately two-week intervals; as your teeth gradually move into their new position, you simply replace your aligners with a new set for the duration of your treatment plan.
What are Invisalign trays made of?
Your clear aligners are made of a thin, flexible plastic material and are custom made to snugly fit your teeth. The material is FDA-approved and contains no BPA, BPS, or latex.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
Everyone’s treatment plan is different, and our team will advise you on the number of trays you will need to achieve your treatment goals. In some cases, patients can complete their treatment within 12 to 18 months.
Am I a candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is a viable treatment option for many common smile concerns, including:
- Visible gaps or spaces between teeth
- Teeth that are crowded or overlapping
- Overbite or underbite
- Jaw misalignment
The best way to determine if clear aligners are right for you is to schedule a consultation with our experts.
The Invisalign Advantage
If you’ve considered orthodontic treatment but were concerned about how braces might impact your appearance, Invisalign could offer a more cosmetically appealing alternative. Not only are the aligners virtually undetectable while you are wearing them, but you can also remove them while eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. Keep in mind that patient compliance is essential to a successful outcome, and your aligners are intended to be worn for 20-22 hours per day for the best results. Invisalign is an effective and increasingly popular treatment option for patients seeking a “secret” solution for a straighter smile. Contact our dental office today to see if Invisalign aligners are right for you.