While many people now get braces at a young age, there are still many adults that wish they had had the chance for orthodontic braces when they were young. A straight, aligned smile can work wonders for your appearance and self-esteem. However, many adults don’t want to go through having traditional orthodontic braces, consisting of metal wires and brackets. For those who want a straighter smile without traditional orthodontic braces, Invisalign braces can be a great option.
Invisalign braces work through the use of thermoplastic aligners, which are custom created for you by your dentist. These are created in a specific sequence, in order to apply controlled pressure to your teeth and move them into a straighter, better alignment.
When you begin your Invisalign process, your dentist will take molds or digital scans of your teeth and map out a sequence of treatments. Your dentist should also be able to provide images of how your teeth will look after these treatments, so you can get an idea of the results you can expect. You will have custom aligners made, and will wear each set for about two weeks at a time, in order to gradually shift your teeth.
Invisalign braces are made of clear plastic. They are meant to be worn for 20-22 hours a day, but you can take them out while eating, drinking, and while brushing and flossing. This gives a distinct advantage over traditional braces, as your oral hygiene won’t suffer with Invisalign, and you won’t have as many issues with food getting caught in your teeth. The lack of wires and brackets also means that Invisalign braces are a far more comfortable option, causing no irritation to your teeth and gums.
Another positive aspect of Invisalign braces is that they are virtually invisible, so while your teeth are shifting into a straighter position, no one will be able to see that you are wearing braces! They are also easy to keep clean, using the Invisalign cleaning system.
The exact length of time Invisalign braces take to work depends on each individual case, however, you can expect the treatment to take roughly a year. You will have to see your dentist every six to eight weeks so they can monitor the progress and correct any problems.
Invisalign braces are a great option for those who want a straighter smile without having traditional orthodontic braces. If you are considering Invisalign braces, ask your dentist today if they may be right for you!