How Can I Straighten My Teeth without Metal in My Mouth?
One of the biggest concerns that we hear from our Westerville patients about the prospect of orthodontic treatment to straighten the teeth is the unsightly appearance of metal brackets and wires. Many people are looking for a teeth-straightening option that is less obvious to others, and Invisalign is the answer. Invisalign’s clear aligners are virtually invisible, so no one will know you are straightening your teeth!
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign uses a series of clear removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets. The aligners fit intimately over the teeth and apply small forces in prescribed amounts and directions to accomplish the desired tooth movements. Traditional braces work by pulling the teeth into place through the pressure of the wire on the attached brackets. Invisalign works by pushing the teeth to their new position.
An Invisalign patient wears each set of aligners for one to two weeks at a time, removing them only to perform oral hygiene or eat and drink (anything besides water). During each two week period, the teeth move in increments of tenths of a millimeter, and over time, those tiny tooth movements add up to a beautifully straight smile!
How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten the Teeth?
The length of any orthodontic treatment always depends on the amount of tooth movement necessary to achieve the desired results. The more crowded teeth are, the longer it will take to straighten them. The treatment time for the average adult patient can vary from six months to eighteen months.
The speed of treatment also depends on the patient’s commitment to wearing the aligners a minimum of twenty-two hours each day. Those who remain diligent can shorten their treatment time, but those who tend to forget to wear their aligners will have a longer treatment.
What are the Advantages of Invisalign over Traditional Braces?
When most people consider Invisalign, they are thinking only of the cosmetic benefits. Invisalign actually offers several advantages over traditional braces.
Because of the clear aligner material and its intimate fit against the teeth, Invisalign is virtually invisible. Our patients love the fact that they can straighten their teeth “under the radar”.
Removable for Special Occasions
The aligners are removable, which means that patients can take them out for events like photo shoots, speeches, weddings, and class reunions. Just don’t forget to put them back in after the event!
Easier to Maintain Great Oral Hygiene
Because the aligners are removable, patients can continue to brush and floss normally. Compared to traditional braces, which require accessory tools and additional effort for plaque removal, Invisalign makes maintaining great oral health simple!
More Questions about Invisalign?
Call Serene Smiles today to schedule a consultation with our Invisalign experts. We can answer any question you have and help you choose the orthodontic treatment that is best for you. We love creating beautiful smiles with Invisalign!