Invisalign® Clear Aligners
Traditional Orthodontics & Braces
Metal braces have been used for decades by orthodontists to correct misaligned teeth. Braces use metal brackets and wires to move and stabilize your teeth. The wires are responsible for the bulk of the work. They are anchored at the back teeth with metal bands and are attached to the brackets, which are bonded to the front surface of each tooth, using an elastic O-ring. While this treatment is highly effective, the brackets and wires are highly visible. Braces have to be adjusted about once a month. They can cause discomfort beyond the adjustments, with the brackets rubbing the soft tissues of your mouth. Treatment can also take several years.
The Invisalign® Advantage
Invisalign is an alternative treatment to traditional braces. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to move your crooked teeth into proper alignment. These aligners, which are made from digital impressions, are worn over your teeth, disappearing from view when they are set in place. Unlike traditional braces, which are fixed into place on your teeth, Invisalign aligners are removable. However, they should be worn for 20 to 22 hours every day to achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time. The aligners should only be taken out to eat and to brush your teeth, and they should be put back in place right after.
How Invisalign® Works
Invisalign moves your teeth gradually into proper alignment using a series of aligners. Each set of aligners is made to be worn for two weeks at a time, and then replaced with the next set. Each new set is slightly different from the one before it. Depending upon the length of your treatment, you will go through anywhere from 18 to 30 sets of aligners. Instead of metal wires moving your teeth, the plastic of the aligners is responsible for the movement of your teeth. The plastic puts gentle pressure on your teeth, which then puts pressure on the periodontal ligaments. The ligaments widen, which loosens the teeth. The plastic then moves the teeth into alignment. Once the teeth are properly aligned, the aligners help to stabilize them. When your treatment is complete, you are provided with a retainer to help you maintain your beautiful new smile.
The Benefits of Invisalign®
There are numerous benefits associated with Invisalign.
Schedule Your Invisalign® Appointment
If you want to correct the alignment of your teeth, but the thought of a mouth full of metal causes you embarrassment, Invisalign can help. Call Waterford Dental Group today to schedule your consultation and find out if Invisalign is right for you. Call today at General: 925-803-5888 / Ortho: 925-803-9800 / Pediatrics: 925-803-6880.