Orthodontic work is a rite of passage for many individuals. Metal mouth smiles make a regular appearance in middle school and high school yearbooks as kids eagerly await the day they get them removed. While metal braces are one way to straighten teeth, Invisalign is becoming a popular alternative to traditional orthodontia techniques.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign uses a series of clear removable aligners to straighten teeth. The aligners are custom-made specifically for your teeth and are replaced every two weeks to help your teeth move into proper alignment. The aligners are designed from a thermoplastic material and look much like a tray used to whiten teeth. The doctor creates the aligners to be used in a specific sequence to gradually move your teeth into place. And, because they are clear, they are nearly invisible when they are in use.

How do they work?

The aligners are designed to make slight adjustments to the positioning of your teeth. The order of aligners used and the process is determined by your orthodontist before the treatment begins so that it is customized for your specific orthodontic needs. Each tray is used for approximately two weeks causing specific teeth to shift. The design of the aligners creates force on certain areas of your mouth which help to move only certain teeth at certain times during each stage of the process.

Benefits

There are several benefits to using the Invisalign treatment plan. The most popular benefit is the fact that they are virtually invisible. This means that they might go completely undetected during your treatment program and will not disrupt your lifestyle in any way. They can also be removed when you eat or drink anything, so unlike braces, you don’t need to worry about food debris getting stuck in the aligner. You can also remove the aligner when you brush or floss which makes it much easier to keep your teeth fresh and clean. Additionally, while the brackets from traditional braces can irritate your mouth causing pain and discomfort. Invisalign is virtually pain free and does not require adjustments or repairs which are common with wire braces.

If you are you looking for a less invasive way to straighten your teeth, Invisalign might be the perfect solution. Contact the team at Innovative Orthodontics to learn more.