Invisalign (clear aligners) is an effective alternative to traditional braces, because they use a system of clear, removable trays used to straighten teeth. Each aligner is custom-made to fit over your teeth and is designed to gradually move teeth into their proper position. Using clear aligners for orthodontic treatment is not for everyone. The best way to find out if clear aligners are the right option for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hurd and Dr. Tomson.
How does Invisalign work?
Just like braces, Invisalign uses gradual force to control tooth movement, but without any metal wires or brackets. The aligners are made with a strong plastic material that has been fabricated to fit your mouth. As treatment progresses you switch aligners. Each aligner is a little different, so your teeth move a little more with every change.
Aligners are worn for at least 20 hours each day, and you'll start a new aligner every 1-2 weeks. The length of your treatment depends on the severity of your case, and treatment can take anywhere from six months to two years. However, because we distribute a number of trays at each visit, the time between visits is typically longer than that with traditional braces, freeing up more of your valuable time!
Advantages of orthodontic treatment with Invisalign:
Clear aligners are a great alternative for patients who want a straighter smile but do not want to wear metal braces, or for patients who have had treatment in the past and want to make minor corrections to their smile. There are several advantages to orthodontic treatment with Invisalign.
- Clear aligners are easier to brush and floss with, making it easier to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
- Clear aligners are comfortable and less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks.
- Clear aligners prevent wear on the teeth from tooth grinding.
- Clear aligners are nearly invisible, making them a more aesthetic option, especially for our adult patients.
If you're interested in orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, schedule an appointment and talk to Dr. Hurd or Dr. Tomson about whether this is the right treatment option for you. Scheduling a consultation is your first step toward achieving the beautiful smile you've always wanted.