Do you want a straighter smile? Do you wish there was an alternative to conventional metal and wire braces? Today, people have more options than ever before when it comes to straightening one’s teeth. And some of these options are incredibly discreet and comfortable.
Our cosmetic dentist offers Invisalign, a treatment option that utilizes clear plastic appliances instead of fixed, metal ones. Invisalign is a great option for working professionals or adults who desire an inconspicuous treatment option. Invisalign is suitable for those who have worn braces in the past along with those who have never had orthodontic treatment. Since this is a relatively new treatment option, following are answers to some of the most common questions about Invisalign.
Invisalign is clear and plastic. The Invisalign treatment system involves wearing custom appliances called “aligners”. These tray-like, removable appliances fit over and around teeth, much like a retainer. Invisalign, however, does not utilize metal or brackets. Aligners are developed from impressions (mold) of a person’s teeth.
A person in treatment will wear a set of custom aligners with each successive set tighter than the ones before it. Aligners are designed so that they apply the appropriate amount of pressure to teeth to facilitate tooth movement. As teeth move, new aligners accommodate recent tooth movement along with generating enough pressure to continue progressing through treatment.
Invisalign aligners are worn for at least 22 hours a day. Patients can take out their aligners for meals and oral hygiene. People enjoy the fact that Invisalign is removable. This is because a person can eat food and clean their teeth without obstruction and difficulty.
If Invisalign interests you, we recommend calling Richardson Dentistry to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist. At your appointment, we can show models of what typical aligners look like, explain in depth how treatment works, and screen you to see if this treatment option meets your needs.