The Invisalign system, developed in the late 90’s, uses clear plastic “aligners”, manufactured with sophisticated computer technology, to straighten teeth, rather than wire-and-bracket braces.
The invisible braces do work. And besides being practically invisible, their computer-designed exactness enables them to move teeth more professionally and comfortably than conventional wires and brackets. The regular treatment time with Invisalign is 12 months.
Invisible braces are not, however, a complete substitute for conventional braces. They cannot move teeth that aren’t fully erupted as well as they are not good way out for severe crowding. There are other situations where conventional braces are the best way to move the teeth. Nevertheless, for the reason that they are invisible, comfortable and fast, patients love them. Invisible braces are particular favorites with adults and older teenagers.
Are you interested in invisible braces? Most Invisalign offices will offer you a free consultation. Note on finding an Invisalign dentist, who are trained in delivering Invisalign services and cosmetic dentistry. The reason is that when dentists have the broader cosmetic dentistry training, they are better able to address your needs. For instance, there may be another cosmetic dentistry solution that could be better and less expensive than invisible braces. Otherwise, a combination of cosmetic dentistry services may be desirable for your case. Your selection of Invisalign dentists must be based on training and attitude, they should know what they are doing and to also be responsive to your needs and desires.
After a careful diagnosis, the dentist will take detailed impressions of your teeth, and these impressions will then be scanned by computer. Using the computer, tooth movements will be planned and a series of 12 to 48 clear aligners will be manufactured and delivered to your Invisalign dentist. He’ll give you the first set, and you will snap it in.
The first thing you will detect is that it doesn’t quite fit. The reason for that is that this aligner is made to fit a new position for your teeth. During the next few days, your teeth will slowly move to this new position and the aligner will become movable. After that there is a few days' rest while your teeth become stable in their new position. In two weeks, you snap in a new aligner, which again won’t quite fit. This process is repeated until the teeth are moved into the desired positions.
During this process, you visit the office every four weeks or so to monitor the treatment and make slight corrections.