Today, the Invisalign system offers a unique solution to the challenge of wearing braces.
Invisalign is gentle, comfortable and effective for straightening teeth. This system is loved by young people and adults, especially those who are concerned about the aesthetics of wearing braces.
Invisalign is effective and convenient, and the system is simple and straightforward.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Traditional braces use small brackets affixed to each tooth. A rigid arch wire is threaded through each bracket and exerts gentle pressure that moves the teeth gradually into their desired positions. In addition, you may need other appliances such as headgear or a palatal expander.
Invisalign needs none of these to produce a perfect smile.
Using a series of custom-fabricated clear alignment trays, the revolutionary form of orthodontic treatment shifts your teeth gradually and comfortably. Every few weeks or so, you visit our office for a new alignment tray.
And that’s it. No tightening or poking wires. Made of smooth, clear plastic, the Invisalign trays resemble a regular mouth guard, and you simply pop them in and out in a similar fashion.
Invisalign as an Alternative to Traditional Braces
With traditional braces – metal or clear – once they’re affixed to your teeth, they aren’t coming off until your treatment is complete.
This means you’ll be wearing your braces for school pictures, prom or – if you’re a working adult – to that all-important client meeting. You’ll also wear them to eat. This means avoiding any hard or sticky foods and many of your favorite treats and healthy snacks.
You will spend a fair amount of time each day cleaning your braces to ensure you’ve removed all traces of food and flushed out potential sources of tooth decay.
With the Invisalign system, however, that all goes away.
Because you can remove Invisalign’s alignment trays, you can eat what you like, brush and floss as normal, and pop the appliance back in your mouth. And for those once-in-a-lifetime occasions, you won’t have to worry about having a mouth full of metal.
Is Invisalign Right for You or Your Child?
Each patient is unique in his or her needs and goals for orthodontic treatment, and not everyone can achieve their goals with the Invisalign system.
If you require an aggressive level of realignment, have gaps in your teeth or a misaligned jaw, you will likely require traditional braces for some or all of your treatment.
If you simply need to straighten your teeth, however, Invisalign is the perfect solution.
Family Orthodontics serves Tumwater, Centralia, and Aberdeen, Washington. We offer all of today’s most effective methods for orthodontic work, including traditional and clear braces. We look forward to evaluating your needs and recommending the most effective option to meet your goals and budget.
Contact us today and schedule an appointment to discuss the Invisalign system.