For decades, traditional metal braces have been used to treat a number of orthodontic problems that can compromise a smile: underbites, overbites, cross bites, rotated (crooked) teeth, and teeth that are irregularly spaced. No question, traditional braces work well, but they can be a nuisance and a distraction—especially for adults who need to think about their appearance in professional and social circumstances.
Invisalign can treat the same orthodontic problems as metal braces, but in a much more discreet way. When you choose Invisalign, you’ll wear clear aligners that are made of smooth, BPA-free plastic. The aligners will arrive in our office arranged in a series of pairs—one aligner for your upper arch of teeth and one for the lower. You must commit to the wearing schedule, which is usually about two weeks for each before you advance to the next pair in the series. Your dedication to wearing your aligners consistently day after day is key to the timely success of your treatment.
After a thorough dental cleaning and exam to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough to support braces, we’ll take photographs of your teeth and your mouth as well as X-rays and molded impressions. With these as a guide, Dr. Anderson create a treatment plan designed to precisely correct your misaligned teeth. The plan will include a 3D visualization of how your teeth will move and what your smile will look like at the conclusion of treatment. For Invisalign patients, this glimpse of their future smile can be very reassuring.
While going through treatment with Invisalign, you’ll be able to remove your aligners to eat. There’s no risk of breaking a bracket or dislodging a wire as can happen with traditional metal braces.
In addition, with your aligners removed, you can brush and floss your teeth as usual. This presents a tremendous advantage. Traditional braces often get in the way of good oral hygiene, so decay and gum disease often become a greater risk. With Invisalign, you can maintain your normal oral hygiene routine and have a clean and healthy mouth both during and after your orthodontic treatment.