In our practice, we’ve found that many people aren’t aware that there’s an alternative to the old metal braces of yesteryear. The Invisalign option makes braces a much more viable option for adults or anyone seeking a more attractive smile.
1.Just what is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of clear trays. These trays are custom made to gradually move your teeth into position. Nearly invisible, the trays can be taken out for special occasions and for eating and tooth brushing but must be worn for at least 22 hours a day.
2. How does the Invisalign process work?
The patient wears each aligner, or pair of trays, for two weeks. I custom-design each tray to move your teeth into alignment slowly, over time. With targeted precision and exactly the right amount of pressure, I can carefully manipulate your teeth’s positioning.
3. How long must I wear Invisalign?
Depending on the degree of adjustment you require, times vary. I’ve seen patients who complete the process in six months, while others make take up to two years.
4. Is there a way to achieve straight teeth faster?
Porcelain veneers are an option for those wanting an almost instantaneous change. Veneers don’t actually straighten your existing teeth, but they will definitely give you a great smile.
5. Why should I bother with the tooth-straightening process?
Straight teeth are a tremendous confidence booster. My patients report that their self-esteem climbs dramatically. Also, since crooked teeth are more difficult to clean, they decay more easily. Chewing is harder work with crooked teeth, and this can ultimately lead to a painful condition called TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder).