If you are an adult with crooked teeth, you may be looking forward to having your misalignment corrected. However, few adults look forward to wearing traditional metal braces. Often, adult patients prefer more discreet orthodontic options that do not negatively impact their appearance or draw attention to their orthodontic correction.
Invisalign is one of the least noticeable orthodontic options available. Here are a few details about this revolutionary system!
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign straightens the teeth using clear aligners. These aligners are transparent mouth trays made of rigid plastic. Each tray is customized to fit the contours of your mouth and teeth, so the appliance is both discreet and comfortable.
During the alignment process, the dentist will use a series of aligning trays to progressively straighten your teeth. Each set of trays is worn for two to three weeks before being exchanged for the next set. As a result, your alignment is gentle and progressive.
Advantages of Invisalign
In addition to being transparent against the teeth, Invisalign clear aligners are highly preferred because they are removable. They can be taken out of the mouth to make eating, brushing, and flossing more convenient. Thus, you don’t have to be concerned about the embarrassment of having food or other debris caught in your appliance as you eat in public. In addition, your oral health is less likely to suffer throughout the course of your treatment. There is no need to navigate around the wires and brackets of more traditional orthodontic appliances.
Still, Invisalign aligners should not be left out of the mouth for more than a couple of hours daily. Consistent pressure from the aligning trays is needed to efficiently reposition the teeth.
Invisalign for Teens and Adults
Invisalign is designed for adults and teens. In order for the appliance to work properly, the palate of the patient must be fully grown.
Invisalign for Misalignment and Bite Issues
Invisalign is an efficient realignment system that can correct a wide range of dental misalignment issues. However, it is unlikely to be prescribed for patients with severe malocclusion problems.
Invisalign aligners can usually properly reposition an adult’s teeth within about 12 months. However, the time frame can vary based on the nature and severity of your dental misalignment.
If you live in the Madison, IN area and would like to know if Invisalign is right for you, contact our office to schedule an appointment!