- Posted on: Mar 15 2018
Invisalign is an excellent alternative for patients who do not want to use traditional braces to straighten their teeth. Invisalign aligners are an orthodontic treatment some patients also call them invisible braces or clear braces. This is because clear plastic aligners are used instead of metal anchors and wires. Invisalign is an excellent option for older teens and adults. Also, Invisalign treatment is faster than traditional braces.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign utilizes a specialized computer program to create a custom-made teeth aligners for your mouth. Every aligner is different and will apply a certain amount of pressure on the teeth to help them move to their final and correct destination. Your appointment with Dr. LeSuer and Dr. Dodaro will involve taking X-rays, molds, and digital images of your teeth. This information will allow the computer to make specialized Invisalign aligners for your teeth. The computer module also creates a specified sequence for your treatment.
The aligner will likely feel tight when you put it in your mouth, but the tightness is necessary to help the teeth begin to move to their proper spot. After a few weeks, your teeth will move to fit the mold. At your next appointment, the dentist will present you with a new aligner that will continue the treatment process.
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
As mentioned, Invisalign is less intrusive than traditional metal braces. True to their name, they appear almost invisible and are especially nice for older adults who need to get braces. While eating or cleaning patients can remove Invisalign inserts. They are made of soft plastic so as not to inflame or irritate the skin or cut the gums.
What are the disadvantages?
Invisalign is a great option for fixing crooked or crowded teeth, gaps, or minor rotations. You may not be the best candidate for Invisalign if you have severe teeth crowding, extreme tooth rotation, major bite problems, or impacted teeth.