Invisalign uses clear aligners of comfortable plastic that resemble whitening trays rather than traditional metal braces with brackets and wiring. At Carlston Dental Group, each aligner is designed to shift the teeth a bit at a time, using very little force on the teeth and gums. Patients wear their aligners for most of the day and switch out to the next aligner in the series every two weeks or so until they’ve reached the intended goals of their treatment plan.
Because Invisalign is removable, patients can remove them to eat, play sports, or brush and floss their teeth more effectively than they can with traditional braces. While they still have to wear the aligners for at least twenty-two hours a day, wearing them for most of the day results in faster treatment times than traditional braces. It’s convenient for busy adults, teens, and adults self-conscious about wearing visible metal braces.
How Does Invisalign Works?
An impression of the patient's mouth will be made, and a detailed treatment plan will be created. A 3D image of the mouth is created on the computer to show how the teeth will look at each stage of treatment. The aligner trays are fabricated from BPA-free plastic that is virtually invisible when worn. Once treatment is complete, patients can enjoy the benefits of a beautiful new smile! Without metal wires and brackets, Invisalign is comfortable and nearly invisible. In addition, since the aligners can be removed, oral hygiene is more accessible for patients to maintain during treatment. Since the teeth are not being adjusted with wires and brackets, there are no food restrictions during treatment. Patients can continue to eat their favorite foods while undergoing treatment.
The Advantages of Invisalign Aligners
In terms of convenience, the aligner trays are removable, meaning you can eat what you want and brush and floss normally. You can also take them out briefly for special occasions if needed. You also don’t have to worry about the hassle of all the wires associated with traditional braces. The smooth plastic makes them more comfortable and easier to clean than conventional metal brackets. The system also works perfectly for patients with alignment and bite issues that make orthodontic treatment difficult or uncomfortable with traditional braces. By straightening your teeth with this method, you may avoid many more complex orthodontic problems with misalignments, such as gum irritation, TMJ disorder, tooth decay, and more.
You may be a good candidate for Invisalign clear aligners if you have crooked or misaligned teeth. For more information, visit Carlston Dental Group at 2472 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064, or call (310) 838-0844.