For years, traditional braces have been the standard for smile realignment. However, that doesn’t mean they are ideal for everybody. If you only have mild to moderate amounts of crowding, misalignment, or gaps, you may not see a need to wear braces for years at a time. Furthermore, if your mouth is sensitive to the metal materials they use, they may even be completely out of the question. Through Invisalign, however, you can make adjustments to your smile and do so in less time, all without using a single metal wire or bracket along the way. Call our office today to learn how Dr. Kramer gets it done!
During your consultation, Dr. Kramer will closely examine all the different areas of your smile to confirm which sections could be more aligned. While this means confirming the presence of gaps, it also means checking for crowding, misalignment, or signs of an uneven bite (such as an overbite.) If he determines that Invisalign is right for you, he’ll begin the process of capturing detailed impressions of your mouth so that a series of clear aligners can be created.
These clear aligners apply gentle amounts of pressure to your teeth over several months at a time. Each series of aligners comes with multiple unique pairs, all of which represent a different stage of your treatment. Once you wear each pair for a specific period of time (generally 22 hours per day over the next two weeks), your smile will be in a straighter and healthier position. You will need to wear a retainer for an additional year following treatment to ensure your teeth do not shift back, also known as relapsing.
Clear aligners are designed to be transparent, so those who are concerned about their image (ideally working adults) won’t have to worry about changing their appearance. Furthermore, the aligners are fully removable, so there’s no need to worry about changing your diet or your personal oral care habits just to undergo treatment. This cannot be said for traditional orthodontics, which are fixed and cannot be removed until treatment is complete.
Additionally, Invisalign does not take nearly as much time as traditional braces do. On average, treatment lasts for about one year, but even this varies depending on how misaligned your teeth are.
Invisalign is a great option for many, but it’s not always for everyone. For example, we do not recommend treatment for those who are younger and still have developing mouths. At that point, traditional orthodontics are a better fit. Invisalign is more ideal for teenagers and adults, both of which have teeth that have fully developed.
If you only have mild to moderate levels of misalignment to manage, then Invisalign is likely for you. If you are trying to maintain a professional image at your workplace or while finishing school, you may find it much easier to manage day-to-day then metal braces.