You might have heard about Invisalign, a popular teeth straightening service that we offer at Modern Family Dental Care, on a commercial or radio station and wondered what they were. While they have the same effect as braces, they have a very different process.
The aligners as they are called look a lot like teeth whitening trays, but they are created to have a custom fit to your teeth. Along the way, you will be given a series of these aligners, which are designed to shift your teeth into place to make them straighter. This part is somewhat similar to traditional braces- they have to shift the teeth over time instead of making one dramatic movement.
The process that is used in order to shift your teeth is called controlled force. It will put pressure on your teeth at certain angles and even control the timing of these shifts. The stage you are in for your aligners will dictate which teeth are allowed to move and how quickly.
The entire process will typically take 12 months, but the amount of time for teens may vary.
These aligners are virtually invisible, so your smile will not look very different while wearing them. This is a huge benefit to traditional braces, which are visible the entire time.
Here are some other benefits to using Invisalign:
–You have the ability to remove your aligners. When it comes time to eat or brush your teeth, you can take the aligners off!
–You don’t have to sacrifice certain foods or have to worry about staining patterns on your teeth.
–Invisalign will not cause the types of irritations that traditional braces do, because there are no wires or brackets.
–You spend less time in the doctor’s chair because there are no wires to be cut or adjusted.