Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment designed to move your teeth into correct alignment without the use of traditional braces. Many adults, particularly those who deal with the public, prefer this technique because the trays used to move the teeth are clear and difficult to see.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign uses custom-made trays made of clear plastic to gradually move the teeth into the proper position. Each tray shifts the teeth a short distance. After you’ve worn a tray for about two weeks, you switch to the next tray. Trays must be worn at least 22 hours each day, but can be removed for special occasions and should be removed after meals for cleaning.
The trays themselves are made from molds of your teeth as well as digital photos. The final tray represents where your teeth should be to achieve perfect alignment. After your treatment, your orthodontist will have you wear a retainer to keep your teeth from moving back into improper alignment. A full course of treatment can take several months, and often lasts a year or more.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment designed to move your teeth into correct alignment without the use of traditional braces.
Why Choose Invisalign?
There are several reasons why an individual might prefer Invisalign over traditional braces. Before making the final decision, you should discuss your options with your orthodontist to be sure you choose the treatment that will give you the best long-term results. Some advantages of treatment with alignment trays include:
- Trays are discrete—no one will know you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment
- Trays are more comfortable—there are no sharp edges or wires
- You can watch your progress—you’ll see a difference within a few weeks
Aligners can be used for a number of alignment problems, but are more commonly used for more minor issues. Your orthodontist can tell you if Invisalign is a good option to treat your specific alignment issues.
Treating malocclusion, or improper alignment, can help prevent long-term problems such as abnormal wear and tear, habitual clenching and grinding, and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). With orthodontic treatment, your smile will not only be straighter, but healthier.
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