The Invisalign braces system uses a series of clear, removable aligners. The biomechanics of Invisalign are exactly the same as traditional metal dental braces. The series of custom-made aligners press directly on the teeth to exert pressure and gradually move them into place.
For the Invisalign dentist, everything is done prior to the start of any treatment. During your evaluation appointment, your orthodontist or dentist will course out each movement and attachment needed during your orthodontic dental treatment.
Planning is crucial and is geared toward the patient's need. Your orthodontist, general dentist or cosmetic dentist will evaluate your teeth and come up with the best treatment for you.
Invisalign Braces vs. Wire Braces
The big difference is the clear factor -- Invisalign braces are transparent and virtually invisible to the naked eye. Invisalign can be used for virtually any type of malocclusion with positive results. While a lisp is common during the first day or two of wear, you'll get used to the fit in no time.
Here are other advantages of Invisalign braces over traditional wire braces:
Chair time is greatly reduced. With wire braces you're in the dental office every two weeks or so for a tightening. With an Invisalign program, you'll see your dentist only every six weeks and he or she will arm you with your next few sets of aligners and monitor your progress.
Oral hygiene is improved. Unlike traditional braces, you can remove your Invisalign braces when you eat, drink, brush and floss. That means your teeth are less likely to trap food and act as a catch-all for dental plaque. In addition, the ability to remove Invisalign braces makes for improved dental cleanings!
The Invisalign Process
An Invisalign Certified Orthodontist/Dentist evaluates and creates a treatment program, which includes:
- A CT scan of your teeth - An approximation of the movement of your teeth by CAD (Computer Aided Design)
- A review of your treatment plan and modifications, if necessary
- Molds of your teeth at each stage of treatment
- The creation of your Invisalign aligners
- Wearing each aligner for about two weeks