To put it simply, Invisalign® straightens the teeth without using wires. Durable, smooth and clear plastic is custom-molded into an aligner set. These aligners are nearly invisible and are exchanged with a new set twice each month to gradually straighten the teeth. In most cases, Invisalign® works as well as standard braces. Traditional braces may be necessary if the teeth require severe re-spacing or straightening. The aligners are customized for each patient using 3D Imaging Technology software. This enables the patient to see how their smile will look as their teeth are straightened and aligned during the treatment. The majority of people like what they see and commit to the treatment.
Once the commitment has been made to proceed, a mold of the teeth is made so the aligners can be fabricated professionally for the stages of the treatment. The most popular feature is nobody will know the person’s teeth are being straightened because the aligners are virtually invisible. The aligners are worn for 22 hours every day, including during sleep. In many cases, the treatment can be completed in just twenty weeks. However, it all depends on the case. The aligners are removed when the teeth need to be cleaned and while eating. This means the person can keep eating whatever they want with just a few exceptions.
If the individual smokes or drinks a lot of coffee, the aligners and teeth will yellow as time passes. This means the aligners will remain inconspicuous. The best solution is to limit the consumption of cigarettes and coffee whenever possible and practice good dental care, including brushing and flossing. Periodic dental visits are scheduled for any necessary modifications and to review the progress of the teeth.
One of the main advantages of Invisalign® is the aligners can be removed for cleaning. This also enables the person to thoroughly brush and floss their teeth daily to help eliminate cavities. It is important to repeat that the aligners are virtually invisible. This makes the person more comfortable because they do not have a smile filled with metal. Their friends, families, partners and employers will not know they are wearing aligners. The aligners are also a lot more comfortable than wearing traditional braces and do not cause abrasions while eating. This is because they can be removed while eating. This is one of the reasons so many people choose Invisalign® over traditional braces.
This system is ideal for correcting misaligned or crooked teeth without the barriers or hassle of standard braces. In many cases, this is the perfect solution to improve confidence without the necessity for wires. If you are interested in the Invisalign® system and want to learn more about the alternatives to traditional braces, please set up your personal consultation at Petty, Bielik & Burke Orthodontics, located in Oak Lawn and Frankfort. Contact us today to book your appointment!