Clear aligners like Invisalign can be an effective alternative to traditional braces, because they use a system of clear, removable trays used to straighten teeth. Each aligner is custom-made to fit over your teeth and is designed to gradually move teeth into their proper position. Using clear aligners for orthodontic treatment is not for everyone.Certain types of bite problems are more effectively treated with fixed appliances (braces). The best way to find out if clear aligners are the right option for you is to schedule a consultation with your orthodontist.
How do clear aligners (Invisalign) work?
Clear aligners like Invisalign are used as an alternative to traditional braces, and are designed to help guide teeth into proper position. Just like braces, clear aligners use gradual force to control tooth movement, but without any metal wires or brackets. The aligners are made with a strong plastic material that has been customized to fit your mouth. As treatment progresses, you will switch aligners every 2 weeks. Each aligner is a little different, so your teeth move a little more with every change. Each aligner will move your teeth just a fraction of a millimeter to keep the teeth healthy during treatment and minimize any discomfort.
Aligners are worn for at least 20 hours each day. The length of your treatment depends on the severity of your case, and treatment can take anywhere from 10 weeks to two years or more.
Advantages of orthodontic treatment with clear aligners:
Clear aligners are a great alternative for patients who want a straighter smile but do not want to wear metal braces, or for patients who have had treatment in the past and want to make minor corrections to their smile. There are several advantages to orthodontic treatment with clear aligners.
- Clear aligners are easier to keep clean, making it easier to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
- Clear aligners are comfortable and less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks.
- Clear aligners prevent wear on the teeth from tooth grinding.
- Clear aligners are removable, so it's easier for you to brush and floss after meals.
If you're interested in orthodontic treatment with clear aligners, schedule an appointment and talk to Dr. Budd about whether this is the right treatment option for you. Dr. Budd is an Invisalign provider with many years of experience treating patients with clear aligners. Scheduling a consultation is your first step toward achieving the beautiful smile you've always wanted.