Invisalign: What Is It and How Does It Work?
Invisalign is another teeth-straightening alternative for people who choose not to wear traditional metal braces but desire perfectly aligned teeth. The clear dental aligners gently press against your teeth until they shift into the appropriate position. If you’ve never thought of straightening your teeth because you thought metal braces were the only choice, Invisalign could be the answer.
Invisalign softly applies pressure to your teeth to achieve the proper alignment while using clear straightening trays which are used most of the day. If your teeth are overcrowded, spaced, or crooked, Invisalign can help by using a set of straightening trays to correct the problem. Our skilled dental staff begins by discussing your desired outcome before taking impressions of your teeth. Following that, a lab will build your aligner trays, which will work to shift your teeth to their final position. The ultimate result is the precisely aligned, straight smile you’ve always desired!
While Invisalign can help with various bite disorders, it does not necessarily have the same capabilities as metal braces. There are some situations where Invisalign may not be suitable:
- Despite the fact that Invisalign can close minor or moderate gaps between teeth, larger gaps may necessitate braces.
- Invisalign is unable to change the size and position of your jaw.
- Patients who have had dental work done in the past, such as bridges, may not be eligible for Invisalign.
- Jaws that are too narrow, cause severe overcrowding or crookedness of teeth
Invisalign does require dedication to get effective and apparent results. Wear your trays for up to 22 hours each day, contact your dentist for fresh custom trays when your teeth shift and arrange check-ups every few weeks to make sure your treatment is on track. The benefits of making this commitment, on the other hand, are enormous.
- The Invisalign trays are nearly undetectable, they do not detract from your smile.
- You can take out your Invisalign aligner trays to eat, clean and floss your teeth, and even participate in contact sports.
- You won’t be spending as much time in the dentist’s office with aligners as you might with metal braces. You only need to see the dentist every 4-6 weeks or so, whereas the trays should be changed every two weeks.
- You aren’t limited on what you can eat, if it’s sticky, chewy or even hard it doesn’t matter.
- They are a lot more comfortable than metal braces and wires.
If Invisalign sounds like the right answer for your crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth, Northcote Dental’s team are ready to help you get started. Please contact us to book a FREE Invisalign orthodontic consultation and to learn more about how Invisalign can improve your smile and self-esteem.