Invisalign – The Clear Alternative to Traditional Braces
Traditional braces with their metal brackets and wires are not the most attractive method of straightening teeth. While they do get the job done, they are flashy and can call attention to the very part of yourself that you’re trying to hide. If you have crooked teeth and want to start orthodontic treatment while avoiding the hassle of metal braces, Invisalign is the way to go.
The Invisalign treatment process begins in the dental office. Using align technology and three-dimensional scanning, your dentist will take a detailed digital image of your teeth. Using this information, a treatment plan will be created for your specific alignment needs. Based on this plan, a set of Invisalign clear aligners will be created for you in order to move your teeth where you’d like them to go.
How Does it Work?
The Invisalign system is designed to help move your teeth while still caring for your teeth and gums in the best way possible. The clear aligners are made from smart track material that is strong enough to hold its shape, but flexible enough that it won’t crack or break. You are given new clear aligners every so often and these will slowly help your teeth shift into place. For information on Invisalign, please visit www.invisalign.com and www.clearcorrect.com
Invisalign or Clearcorrect use a series of clear removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.
The aligners are made through a combination of doctor’s expertise and 3-D computer imaging technology.
You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position doctor has prescribed.
You’ll visit the office about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
Total treatment time averages 9 – 15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
It’s important that you continue to care for your oral health while you go through Invisalign treatment.
Remove your clear aligners when you eat and drink and be sure to brush both your teeth and aligners regularly. The better you care for these clear braces, the more likely they are to last. Flossing and brushing your teeth daily is another way to make sure that your oral health remains a top priority during this process.
If you have questions about Invisalign’s cost, our monthly payment plans, or the other treatment options we offer, give Lake Merced Dentistry a call today!