Invisalign is an orthodontic alternative to braces that uses clear aligners to straighten teeth and improve malocclusions (bite problems). Made of BPA-free plastic, Invisalign clear aligners are removable and mold to the unique shape of your teeth. Others can’t tell when you’re wearing them, and you can remove them to brush, floss, eat, and drink.
Invisalign works in a similar way to traditional metal braces. While braces fix to your teeth and apply force at once, clear aligners are removable devices that gently shift one tooth at a time. The result is a faster, more comfortable treatment that’s less apparent than wearing braces.
Unlike conventional braces, you don’t need to attend tightening appointments for Invisalign. Instead, you wear a new set of aligners to target different teeth and apply varying levels of force every two weeks.
Invisalign is a safe, effective treatment to correct orthodontic concerns, such as misaligned teeth, an overbite, underbite, or open bite. Popular benefits of Invisalign include:
Nobody has to know that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment when you wear Invisalign. Unlike braces, Invisalign is completely clear and removable.
Because braces bond to the surface of your teeth, eating and cleaning your teeth can be difficult. Invisalign allows you to eat all your favorite foods and practice good oral hygiene.
While Invisalign seems like it would take longer to straighten your teeth than braces, most patients see noticeable improvements within 6-12 months. Braces, meanwhile, take around 18 months to three years.
The Invisalign process is almost entirely digital for comfort, convenience, and accuracy. Dr. Wilhelm creates your custom-made aligners with digital impressions. He uses the iTero® intraoral scanner to take impressions, then uploads the scans into the Invisalign software. In the software, he can design your individualized treatment plan.
Next, Dr. Wilhelm sends your plan to Invisalign, which fabricates your clear aligners. You receive a new set around once every two weeks. Because the process is digital, Dr. Wilhelm can make adjustments to your plan straight in the software to prevent delays in your treatment.
Wearing your clear aligners for at least 22 hours a day is essential to keep your treatment on track. Gently rinsing and cleaning your aligners each day can help protect them against damage.
To learn more about Invisalign, call Newport Dental Arts or schedule an appointment online today.