Millions of people are enjoying the comfort and freedom during orthodontic therapy that invisible braces or ‘Invisalign’ offers. The Invisalign system seems almost too good to be true; doing away with unsightly brackets and wires in the mouth. In fact adult patients are usually the ones who shy from using orthodontics to get the smile they always wanted, mostly because the idea of wearing ‘braces’ seems simply too socially unacceptable.
Conventional braces are also known to cause some degree of irritation of the sensitive cheek and lip tissues, difficulty in chewing and create problems in maintaining oral hygiene leading to gum problems and cavities; reasons enough to warrant many to refrain from seeking correction of misaligned teeth or a bad bite.
The Invisalign system, as the name indicates, comprises of a set of clear, invisible aligners. The aligners are custom-made using high-end computer aided Invisalign software. The software basically uses computer-generated 3-D images to project a treatment outcome and design a set of custom-fit aligners. These thin aligners are made of a transparent, strong, impervious medical grade resin material somewhat similar to bleaching trays.
Each of these aligners is worn in a progressive sequence, and as each aligner differs in shape, pressure areas on teeth vary. Most patients require about eighteen to thirty aligners, each worn for about two weeks. This slowly leads the teeth to shift to their desired positions, just as with regular braces.
Invisalign aligners need to be worn for about 20-22 hours a day, can be removed while eating, and complete treatment usually spans about a year or more. While Invisalign may not be suitable for all orthodontic cases, most cases of crowding, spacing, overbites or crossbites can be corrected. To learn more about Invisalign in Frisco, contact our Invsialign dentist.