How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign uses clear aligner trays to straighten teeth instead of traditional metal brackets and wires. When you choose to get Invisalign, the first thing the dentist does is take an impression of your teeth. This is then sent to a lab where your aligner trays are made. When they are ready, the dentist attaches “buttons” to your teeth that hold the aligner trays in place.
Patients get packs of aligner trays that they switch out at home themselves. You wear each tray for about two weeks and over this time, the tray shifts your teeth into place for the next aligner.
Invisalign vs. Braces
Braces were great when they were the only option for orthodontics, but those metal brackets and wires are a bit primeval now.
One of the main reasons our patients prefer Invisalign to traditional metal braces is because Invisalign is so much more inconspicuous. Instead of a mouthful of silver metal, you have clear plastic. Plus, you can take Invisalign out for special occasions such as weddings. You must be careful to do this judiciously though, or your treatment will take longer.
Invisalign aligner trays are also more comfortable than braces. The metal in braces can be abrasive and cause mouth sores. Invisalign is made of smooth plastic.
When you have Invisalign, you must remove the trays to eat and then brush before putting them back. That means you can eat anything you want — anything you ate before you got orthodontia. That isn’t the case with braces. Foods you shouldn’t eat with braces include nuts, popcorn, corn on the cob and spinach.
Taking care of your teeth is much easier with Invisalign. It is difficult to floss with braces, so many people neglect to do this during the time their braces are on, endangering their dental health. Brushing teeth with braces is also more challenging, and many people are left with white spots on their teeth where their braces were once they have them off.
Invisalign Does More Than Straighten Teeth
While most people who seek out orthodontics are looking for straight teeth, Invisalign can do more than simply straighten teeth. It can close gaps in between teeth and correct overbite, underbite and crossbite.
To find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign orthodontic treatment, call our Ocala, FL, dentist office today to make an appointment for a consultation. The sooner you get Invisalign, the sooner you will have straight teeth. Learn More