Fortunately, there’s now an alternative. It’s called Invisalign® technology, and it utilizes a series of clear plastic teeth aligners that gradually straighten your smile —without unsightly metal bonded to your teeth and without the need for rubber bands or wire straightening. And because they’re virtually invisible, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.
The result: You feel more comfortable and less self-conscious. And you can go about your day-to-day life with fewer interruptions!
The differences are clear.
Invisalign aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. You simply wear them throughout the day, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth. It’s a progressive process. Approximately every two weeks, you wear a new set of aligners with periodic dental check-ups to monitor your progress. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place.
The process starts with the doctor taking x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, which Invisalign will use to create a digital 3-D image of them. From these images your doctor will map out a precise treatment plan for you, including the exact movements of your teeth. Using this same technology, the doctor will also be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of the treatment.
An option that’s growing in popularity
Invisalign is now being used successfully to treat patients with mild and severe orthodontic conditions—everything from crowding and spacing problems to crossbites, overbites and underbites. Today hundreds of thousands of teenagers and adults are wearing this alternative to traditional orthodontic braces—at a cost that’s comparable.
Invisalign is not for everyone. If you need braces—and are interested in learning more about the Invisalign alternative—schedule an appointment today for a consultation. See if it’s an option that’s right for you. Contact Us!