Invisalign | In the past, the only option for dealing with misaligned teeth was to get metal braces. While metal braces are very effective, they are also unsightly. Kids would get teased and called names such as “metal mouth” and “railroad tracks.” As a result, many people were embarrassed to have braces. They would beg their parents to not get braces, for fear it would harm their social life.
While metal braces do not have the stigma that they once had, there are other options for those who desire straighter teeth. One popular alternative is Invisalign. Invisalign uses clear aligners to straighten teeth little by little. There are many manufacturers of clear aligners, but Invisalign is touted as one of the best.
Invisalign works well for mild to moderate alignment issues. It can also help with overbites, underbites, gapped teeth, and crowded teeth. These dental issues can cause plaque accumulation, cavities, gum disease, stress to the jaw and painful joint problems. Invisalign can prevent these problems and improve your overall oral health.
Most users wear these clear plastic aligners for about 12-13 months, although this can be longer, depending on the severity of your alignment issues. Those who are self-conscious about their appearance enjoy the many benefits of Invisalign over metal braces.
Invisalign is recommended for older teens and adults. Young children are not eligible for Invisalign, as their teeth are still growing. They cannot have baby teeth. Those with severe alignment issues may not be good candidates because large overbites require more advanced orthodontic procedures. Also, Invisalign requires dedication. The aligners are removable but must be worn for at least 22 hours a day. If you are not committed to wearing them as required, then you may not be a good candidate.
Is Invisalign the clear choice for your teeth? The dentists at Breeze Dental can assess your smile and see if you can benefit from Invisalign aligners.
If a person is a good candidate for Invisalign, the first step is to get photos of your teeth and face. The dentist will also take impressions and X-rays of your teeth. These records are then sent to Invisalign so your aligners can be created. Each set of aligners is custom-made for your teeth. The dentist will create a plan based on the current alignment of your teeth. The lab will create various sets of aligners based on detailed instructions from the dentist.
Invisalign will scan the impressions so they have 3D models of each patient’s teeth in the computer. They will use this to move the teeth step by step until they reach their final position. The teeth movements will be reviewed with the dentist to ensure accuracy. Invisalign will then make a series of trays and send them to the dentist. This can take about a month.
Each tray is worn for two weeks. Each tray is slightly straighter than the teeth’s current position. This places pressure on the teeth and forces them to move. In addition, each tray allows the teeth to move 1/10 mm.
Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can remove to eat, brush and floss. However, it is important that you wear them for at least 22 hours a day. If you don’t wear them as often, your teeth won’t move as much, which can affect alignment when you move on to subsequent trays.
Sometimes a person still has teeth that are out of alignment even when they finish all their trays. This is common, and what the dentist will do is take new impressions and order new trays. Most people get one of these refinement trays, although Invisalign allows three of them free of charge.
During the process, we may add attachments to your teeth. These small bumps are tooth-colored and are used to help the aligner grip to the teeth better. This allows you to achieve the desired tooth movement.
After the Invisalign process, it is time for retainers. Retainers are needed to keep things in place since nothing remains constant. There are a couple of different types of retainers to choose from. You will likely need to wear retainers full time for several months. We will adjust that based on how well your teeth are doing.
Invisalign offers many benefits for those who desire straighter teeth. One of the biggest advantages is that the aligners clear, so nobody will notice them, unlike metal braces.
With Invisalign, no brackets or wires are involved. These aligners are like mouthguards and have no sharp edges that could cause pain to your gums, cheeks or tongue.
Invisalign can keep your teeth cleaner and healthier. You remove the aligners to brush your teeth, so you don’t have to worry about brushing in between brackets and wires. This reduces the risk of plaque buildup. The cleaning process also requires less maintenance, since metal braces require special flossers and toothbrushes.
Invisalign aligners must be worn at least 22 hours a day, so you cannot leave them out for extended periods of time. Because the aligners are removable, there is an opportunity for them to get lost. This is not possible with metal braces since they are secured and in the mouth 24/7.
When you move into a new set of aligners, there is some pressure involved, which can be uncomfortable. Also, clear aligners cannot fix every dental issue. For severe alignment issues, metal braces are more effective.
If you desire straighter, better-looking teeth, you no longer have to resort to metal braces. Breeze Dental offers options such as Invisalign to give you the perfect smile. Invisalign is the clear choice for teens and adults of all ages. Contact us today to see if clear aligners can help you achieve the perfect smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our office today at (703) 273-5545. New patients are always welcome and most major insurances are accepted. In addition, we invite you to speak with our team, should you have any questions.