If your crooked or crowded teeth cause you to feel self-conscious about smiling or laughing, it’s might be time to consider a change. While traditional braces from an orthodontist are very effective, many adults aren’t comfortable wearing them and would rather just deal with the discomfort or embarrassment. But thanks to advances in dental technology over the last 5-10 years, you can now straighten your teeth cosmetically with the help of Invisalign.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign — also called clear or invisible braces — looks similar to whitening trays and they are made from clear, medical-grade plastic. Invisalign aligners are supposed to fit perfectly over the teeth and are nearly invisible, especially when compared to traditional braces. Once it is determined that you are a good candidate for Invisalign, your dentist at Stellar Smiles Bridgewater will take a mold of your teeth to create the first set of aligners. That mold and any additional instructions will be sent to Invisalign to create the aligners.
Invisalign then creates a 3D model of your teeth which will help determine the number and size of the aligners necessary to straighten your teeth. They will then create a series of aligners that are to be used for two weeks at a time. Each aligner is manufactured so that the teeth are slightly straighter than the previous aligner so they can slowly push your teeth into the ideal position. Teeth will typically move 1/10mm per aligner so the amount of time will depend on how much your teeth need to move.
Benefits of Invisalign
Aside from the obvious cosmetic appeal of not having to wear traditional braces, Invisalign has many other benefits. First of all, they are removable. That means that not only can you eat what you want, when you want but you can also brush and floss thoroughly afterward much easier than if you had traditional braces. When someone has their braces removed, they often notice some discoloration where the braces were connected to the tooth, that is not the case with Invisalign.
Probably the biggest benefit of Invisalign is that they are safe and efficient — Invisalign is typically quicker at cosmetically straightening teeth than normal braces. Traditional braces also have metal wires and brackets that can cause cuts and scare your gums. Invisalign trays are made with smooth medical-grade plastic so they are safe, and many patients say that they don’t even notice the aligners after some time.
For more information about Invisalign or to learn more about Stellar Smiles Bridgewater located in Bridgewater, NJ, please call (908) 725-2774 to speak with a member of our front-office team. You can also click here to request a consultation online.