Crooked, crowded teeth are not only unsightly and socially inhibiting, they can cause functional, hygiene and other dental problems if left uncorrected. But one of the greatest deterrents to getting misaligned teeth corrected is the thought of wearing unsightly, uncomfortable braces that are difficult to keep clean, that’s why invisalign is so amazing!
Invisalign does away with all that unsightly metal. In a series of nearly invisible clear plastic aligners that you wear for two weeks each, your teeth are gradually moved into their intended positions.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Bone may be very hard tissue, but it is alive, and yields to small but persistent forces by “growing” into a new position. The Invisalign treatment starts by taking an impression of the present, defective occlusion and scanning it into a computer. There, the Invisalign software enables the teeth to be corrected to a desired occlusion. The movements needed to attain the correction are interpolated into a series – typically 24 – of clear, comfortable aligners which incrementally guide the correction.
We start with a thorough check of your teeth and gums. It’s important that we deal with any clinical issues before Invisalign treatment begins, because treatment during it may compromise its effectiveness.
Then we take an impression of the teeth we want to correct, and import it into the computer. We plan the teeth movements we want to bring about, and then the computer interpolates the movements to create the sequence of aligners. These are uploaded to the Invisalign lab, which creates the aligners and ships them to us. Depending on the severity of the case, the treatment lasts from 6 to 24 months.
You should never have to put up with an unsightly malocclusion. Invisalign offers a convenient, safe alternative to braces for correcting crooked or crowded teeth. Call us today to see if Invisalign is right for you.