The Invisalign orthodontic treatment system repositions the teeth through a series of clear plastic trays that exert force on the teeth. As with traditional braces, this force breaks down the bone surrounding the teeth so that they are able to shift into their proper locations.
An orthodontist begins this process with an initial evaluation of the patient’s case to make sure that Invisalign is a suitable treatment. The technology behind this system has advanced in recent years, allowing more patients to take advantage of this treatment.
The orthodontist then will take impressions, photos and possibly x-rays to collect data that will be used to create the trays.
The patient has a great deal of responsibility with this method. Patients must switch out the trays on the schedule recommended by the orthodontist, but in return they are rewarded with fewer visits with the orthodontist, typically every six weeks or so just for a progress check to make sure the treatment is proceeding as planned.
Invisalign offers a number of benefits over standard orthodontic treatment. It doesn’t interfere with the diet, as patients remove the trays at mealtime. Similarly, patients are able to maintain a normal home oral hygiene routine, so they are able to keep their mouths cleaner during orthodontic treatment, too.
Of course, another advantage of Invisalign is that you can see the improvements in real-time. Invisalign patients don’t have to wait for the appliances to be removed to enjoy their new smiles.
If you are pursuing orthodontic treatment, consider Invisalign for a better overall experience. Contact the Allen TX office of Drs. Jay Ghosh and Trent Lofgren at 214-547-0001 to learn more about this treatment option.