By now, you have probably heard about Invisalign. Perhaps you’ve seen an Invisalign commercial on television or maybe a coworker or friend have benefited from this teeth straightening system. Stanford University graduate students, who wanted to revolutionize the way that teeth are aligned during orthodontic treatment, developed Invisalign in the 1990s.
Ever since this system has been available to the public, millions of people have enjoyed straighter, healthier smiles. In addition to correcting misaligned teeth, Invisalign can also improve a patient’s bite (occlusion). This orthodontic system is especially beneficial for those with gaps between their teeth and those with overbites and underbites. If you are interested in achieving a straighter, more attractive smile, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with our dentist.
How does Invisalign work?
Like metal and wire braces, Invisalign applies gentle and consistent force to teeth to move them over time. For instance, crooked or overlapped teeth will shift to straighter, upright positions. Gaps between teeth will close as well. When treatment is complete, the upper and lower sets of teeth will align properly. Unlike metal braces though, Invisalign is a system of clear aligners that are worn over teeth like a retainer. Every two weeks, patients receive a new, tighter custom set of aligners. When worn in succession, each set will apply the right amount of pressure to move teeth for each stage of treatment.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
There are numerous advantages to wearing Invisalign braces when compared to traditional orthodontia. Since aligners are made from soft plastics, they will not cut into or scrape against oral tissues like the linings of lips and cheeks. This means that patients will enjoy a more comfortable teeth-straightening experience. Invisalign is also very discreet – which means most people won’t notice them. Another benefit to Invisalign is the fact that aligners are removed for meals and oral hygiene. This makes eating, brushing, and flossing much easier.
If you are curious about whether Invisalign is right for you, call our friendly practice today to reserve an appointment with our skilled dental team.