If you have crooked teeth and are considering braces, yet don’t want the unpleasant look of wire and metal filling your mouth, you may want to consider Invisalign. These are a type of braces made of clear plastic aligners that are virtually invisible to others and customized specifically for you. Invisalign became popular in the late 1990’s. They are designed to straighten your teeth in less time than conventional metal braces and are invisible to others.
This remarkable technology uses computer innovations to straighten your teeth. The process consists of inserting a set of clear plastic aligners in your mouth every two weeks. The aligners apply necessary pressure to your teeth then progressively reposition them. Many people prefer Invisalign braces. They do the work of conventional braces without affecting the beauty of your natural smile.
Invisalign or Conventional Braces?
- The clear aligners are far more aesthetic than conventional braces. Even from a conversational distance they will not be seen.
- They are also more comfortable to wear and won’t cut up the inside of your cheeks.
- In time they shift teeth to their proper positions within your mouth and the results are far more precise than conventional braces.
- Fewer checkups are required.
- Invisalign are removable so eating and brushing is much easier.
- They take about half the time—usually around one year for desired results as opposed to two or three years with conventional braces.
- They can be removed, but for them to work properly they must be worn the entire day and night with only a few brief exceptions.
- They’re not for every case. Certain cases of excessive crowding, rotated teeth, or other situations should really be handled with traditional wire braces.
Invisalign from Start to Finish
If you want Invisalign braces, you must first see a credentialed dentist. Dr. Sirin has been trained to provide Invisalign braces and has been placing them for over ten years. He will examine you and make sure you are a candidate for Invisalign. If you are, we will proceed with treatment. Dr. Sirin will take detailed impressions of your teeth. A technician will then take x-rays and photographs to create a thorough computer image of your mouth. Dr. Sirin then maps out a plan of treatment to progressively encourage your teeth into alignment. All of these records are then sent to the Invisalign lab where their sophisticated computer will create a customized set of clear plastic aligners for you.
Dr. Sirin will then insert the first set of aligners. They will feel like they don’t fit. This is by design. In a couple of days, your teeth will move a little and the aligners will feel like they fit just fine. Then every couple of weeks, you will switch to a new set of aligners. You will need to check in with Dr. Sirin every month or so to make certain you are progressing as planned.
People love this way of straightening their teeth. First of all, people speaking to an Invisalign patient won’t even know the braces are there. Additionally, there are no restrictions on what you can eat, and oral hygiene is much simpler than with regular braces. The plastic aligners should be removed while eating or brushing then placed back in, which eliminates some of the most frustrating aspects of conventional braces.
Is Invisalign The Answer?
If you have crooked or misaligned teeth and are thinking about braces, call our office to discuss Invisalign options. If you’re not ready to schedule an exam, Dr. Sirin will be willing to meet with you during a complimentary consultation to see if you’re an Invisalign candidate and to discuss the pros and cons and to answer any questions you may have.