Invisalign®: The Clear Alternative to Metal Braces
For years, the only solution for straightening teeth involved metal braces. Not anymore. Now there’s an alternative, known as Invisalign®, in which transparent, retainer-like aligners are used to gently shift teeth into place. Not only are they nearly invisible, but they also work faster than metal braces. It provides a modern solution to straightening teeth that will help make your smile beautiful with little interference in your everyday life.
How Does It Work?
Instead of metal braces, your dentist uses clear aligners made of a thermoplastic material that is nearly invisible to the naked eye. The aligners are custom-made and placed over your teeth. They’re also removable, which makes brushing and flossing easier, and don’t involve metal braces or wires that can scratch or irritate the inside of your mouth, lips and gums. There are also no dietary restrictions with clear braces.
What Are The Benefits?
Because there can be an embarrassing stigma associated with metal braces, Invisalign offers a solution that is barely visible. Since they’re removable, you can take them out for pictures and social events – and most people don’t even notice that someone is wearing clear braces unless they are told.
Who Are Candidates for Invisalign?
Patients who have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, gaps or other alignment issues are ideal candidates for this procedure. Your dentist can use clear braces that are for young patients whose teeth are still coming in, while there are also teen and adult versions. For adults who aren’t interested in metal braces, they provide the perfect alternative.
How Does the Procedure Work?
Computer models are taken of your teeth to determine what alignment is needed, and your dentist then places the aligners onto your teeth to give you the kind of healthy-looking smile you’ve always been seeking.
How Do I Care for My Aligners?
The beauty of clear braces is that they’re lightweight, smooth and completely removable, and can be brushed with your regular toothpaste and brush. You can take them off for normal brushing and flossing of your regular teeth, and they will be replaced every two weeks with new aligners. You’ll also remove them when you are eating or drinking, with the exception of water.