Invisalign is a technique used to correct teeth that are out of alignment. It is used as an alternative to traditional braces for those who would prefer their orthodontic treatment to be less visible to others. Treatment can take 12–24 months, and afterwards you will wear a retainer to keep your teeth from moving back into their original position.
Invisalign is a popular cosmetic dentistry choice because it can provide the dramatic, permanent changes of traditional braces without the inconveniences or discomfort of the more traditional approach. Using trays made of clear plastic, this technique shifts your teeth a small amount at a time. The trays are custom-made based on molds of your teeth and digital photographs demonstrate the progress of treatment as each tray moves the teeth just a little bit farther. By the time you reach the last tray, your teeth will be in the desired position.
After Invisalign treatment is completed, you will wear a retainer to be sure your teeth stay where they are supposed to be. Without the retainer, they could move back into their original, incorrect position. You might use the last Invisalign tray as your retainer, or our cosmetic dentist can create a new one for you. In most cases, you’ll wear the retainer at night, but be sure to follow all instructions provided to ensure the best possible long-term results.
This innovative technique is suitable for a wide range of orthodontic issues. Some alignment problems, though, will not respond as well, and require traditional braces for successful results. Our cosmetic dentist can advise you regarding the best treatment approach.
Invisalign is particularly helpful for patients who:
- Deal with the public and don’t want to have visible braces
- Perform professionally or work on TV
- Prefer to avoid the discomfort of wires and braces
Invisalign’s smooth trays do not damage soft tissues as wires and braces can. They can be removed for short periods, and help maintain your appearance during treatment.
Have more questions about Invisalign? Call us today at Fresh Dental to discuss your own treatment options!