If you want to straighten your smile but are dreading the idea of having to live with bulky metal braces for the next couple of years, Invisalign can provide a more discreet and comfortable alternative.
However, the internet is full of misconceptions about these clear aligners. You may have heard, for example, that Invisalign isn't as effective as traditional braces and the result won't be permanent.
Is that true?
Here's what you need to know.
Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that aims to correct the position of teeth with the help of clear, removable aligners.
The trays are custom-made using 3D imaging and are designed following a carefully mapped-out plan. You will have to wear the aligners for 20-22 hours a day to get the desired results. You can only take them off for eating and drinking other beverages than water and for brushing your teeth.
You will get a new set of aligners every two weeks or so and the new trays will match the new position of your teeth.
Invisalign works similarly to traditional orthodontic treatment. It puts controlled pressure on your teeth to permanently shift them into their correct position.
However, just as in the case of traditional braces, after the active treatment phase is completed, you will need to wear retainers to maintain the results.
Retainers are custom-made trays that are used to keep teeth in their new position while the surrounding gums and bone adjust to the change.
If you fail to use your retainers, your teeth will naturally shift back toward their original positions.
The success of your Invisalign treatment will also depend on how well you care for your aligners. Here are some tips:
While Invisalign is an excellent orthodontic treatment, it's not for everyone. Dr. Daniel Krauss can examine your teeth and determine if clear aligners can help you fix your dental issue or if traditional braces are more likely to help you get the smile of your dreams.
To find out more, book your appointment with South Shore Dentistry today.