Have you wished for straighter teeth, but never thought that braces were right for you? Invisalign might be your answer. Traditional braces can be painful and irritating, and can also create social discomfort due to their appearance. Invisalign are a great alternative for those who would like to perfect their smiles with discretion. The clear braces system uses a specially formulated plastic that is practically undetectable to the eye, and comfortable to wear.
Invisalign is not just for those seeking minimal adjustments, but can treat more extreme cases as well, such as:
- Gapped teeth
- Open bites
- Crowded teeth
Treatment with Invisalign clear aligners typically ranges from 9 months to 2 years depending on the case. After your consultation with a provider, a custom treatment plan is created using a digital 3-D image of your teeth. Each clear aligner is custom-made for you to help shift your teeth into position. You use each set of aligners for two weeks, then rotate in a new set designed to adjust your teeth a little more. The need for constant, painful adjustments at the orthodontist is not needed with Invisalign, because your teeth are gradually shifted with each new set of aligners. Check ups with your provider are usually scheduled every 6 weeks to ensure your progression is going as planned.
There are more benefits to using Invisalign clear aligners than mere aesthetics. As well as being less noticeable than traditional braces, Invisalign:
- Typically takes less time to straighten teeth than traditional metal braces
- Are more convenient and are easily removed while eating or during social activities
- Are more hygienic, because they are easily removed to brush and floss
- Consist of a comfortable, smooth plastic that does not irritate the cheeks or gums
- Can be comparable in cost to traditional braces
While Invisalign clear aligners are a great option to straighten the teeth of both adults and teenagers, they are not suitable for everyone. Some dental cases would be better adjusted using traditional metal braces. It is best to find an Invisalign-trained Provider that you trust to help with your treatment. Contact Dr. Leslie Hayes, DDS is Bozeman, MT and schedule a consultation to determine what is best for you.