About Invisalign Aligners
What if you could have metal braces without the metal? That’s what researchers out of California came up with when they envisioned Invisalign in 1999. A system designed to be a clear alternative so that people who normally would never have thought to get their teeth straightened now have an ideal non-invasive solution. Since that time hundreds of thousands of cases have been completed around the world.
Invisalign works by utilizing clear aligners that you wear for two week time periods. With computer controlled movement every movement can be precisely planned in three dimensions.
Suppose you’re going out with friends, off to a wedding or you’re out for a job interview. With traditional braces you might be worried about how you might look to others, with Invisalign you can have the confidence that you’ll still have a natural looking smile. If it’s a really big event you still have the option of removing the trays at your own personal leisure.
There are many issues that can be resolved with Invisalign:
- Crowding, which can lead gingivitis, periodontitis and even tooth decay
- Gaps between teeth
- Crossbites causing wear, TMD or premature bone loss
- Overbites: where the upper teeth project lower than the lowers sometimes covering them completely
- Underbites: where vice versa the lower teeth project up covering the upper teeth
Invisalign does require the individual to be committed to their treatment goals. That means wearing the trays for the majority of the day and not forgetting to put the trays back in. Fortunately the trays are incredibly comfortable to wear and outside the first week of minimal discomfort Invisalign is a relatively pain free process. The reason for this is that we know that if we move teeth at a rate of less than 0.1mm every two weeks the level of pain from tooth related movement is virtually eliminated. This really is technology working with biology to create a harmonious relationship.
After your first visit we’ll take impressions of your teeth and create a virtual 3D model. In addition to being a vital component of the treatment planning process this will allow you to see how your teeth will be transformed during the treatment. This is usually a fun appointment because you’ll be able see how your teeth will look at the end of the journey.
Most treatment will be completed in 7-12 months but for more advanced cases it may take us between 18-24 months.