Instead of relying on metal brackets, our dentists use a series of clear aligners to move teeth into place. The aligners are made of a clear and comfortable plastic that looks similar to a full retainer.The aligners are created using an impression of your teeth and gums. Once received, the lab will create a series of aligners that start with the current position of your teeth and slowly move them until they are perfectly straight. A patient will wear each aligner for about four to six weeks. Afterward, the patient will replace the old aligner with the next one in the series. The aligners place pressure on specific teeth to gradually move the teeth for a more comfortable experience. By wearing all of the aligners in the series, your teeth will move from crooked to perfectly straight. During your initial exam, our dentist will examine your teeth and see if clear aligners are a good option for you.
How does Invisalign® work?
As an Invisalign® dentist, our team straightens teeth using a series of aligners. First, an impression of your teeth is taken so that a series of aligners can be created in a dental lab. The aligners themselves are made out of a thermoplastic material that is strong and at the same time flexible in order to be comfortable when worn for long periods of time. The material is virtually invisible.
The aligners should be worn for 22 hours a day and every two weeks; they need to be switched out with the next one in the series. Over a period of months, the aligners will slowly move teeth into place, making one minor adjustment at a time that is targeted to specific teeth. This helps your teeth to be comfortable as they are moved into position at a manageable pace. Once you are done wearing your aligners, your teeth should be perfectly straight.
Benefits of Invisalign®
Patients may prefer wearing Invisalign® because of how convenient it is in comparison to wearing traditional braces.
The aligners are clear so no one can tell you are straightening your teeth.
They are only worn for 22 hours a day so you can take them out to eat dinner, go on a date, or make an important presentation at work.
You can brush and floss your teeth like normal, and no additional tools are required.
There is less of a risk that your teeth will become stained as compared with wearing metal braces that can be difficult to clean.
The procedure is more comfortable than metal braces since the aligners move teeth into place slowly and only focus on a few teeth at a time.
Aligners are easy to take care of, and you only use the same aligner for a couple of weeks.
How do I care for my aligners?
We recommend that patients remove their aligner and rinse it with warm water on a daily basis. You may also want to brush them with a soft toothbrush.
Some patients need to wear attachments or ridges in order to ensure that their teeth move into place perfectly. An attachment is a clear bump that is made of an enamel colored composite and secured to the teeth. Bumps on your aligners will grip them in order to hold the aligner in place. Ridges work in a similar way only an indent is created instead of a raised bump. This can be necessary for more complicated cases to ensure that a particular tooth, or several teeth, move into place like they should.
ClearCorrect® Braces vs. Invisalign®
In our office, we also offer ClearCorrect® braces as an alternative to Invisalign®. When comparing the cost of ClearCorrect® with Invisalign® we have found that it typically saves our patients money over the course of their treatment. Another benefit of ClearCorrect® braces that we find, is that the aligners themselves seem to be clearer than those provided by Invisalign®.
Since they manufacture the aligners in the United States, versus overseas, we find that the process and customer service is faster with ClearCorrect®. This enables us to provide to our patient, with aligners in an expedited fashion so that you can begin treatment and achieve straighter teeth faster.
Both ClearCorrect® Braces and Invisalign® have a similar method for treating teeth, applying pressure through aligners. If you are considering either of these options, please schedule an appointment with our dental office so that we can discuss your goals and the ClearCorrect® procedure in further detail. Once you are ready to get started, we will walk you through the process and examine your teeth on a regular basis to ensure that they are responding as they should, so that you will achieve your desired result.