How Invisalign Can Work for You
If you would like straighter teeth but are hesitant of metal braces, consider Invisalign as an alternative. Invisalign uses clear aligners that are changed out on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to help with dental issues such as overcrowding, overbites, crossbites, and gaps between teeth.
Besides the desire for a more aesthetically pleasing smile, your dental health is also affected by issues such as gapped and crowded teeth. For example, gapped teeth can leave your gums vulnerable to periodontal disease and crowded teeth make it difficult to floss between teeth, leading to plaque buildup.
Patients choose Invisalign because of the following advantages:
- They are virtually invisible, and most people won’t notice them at all.
- Fast results — there are noticeable changes with each change of the aligner.
- They can be easily taken off for eating and brushing and flossing.
- They effectively treat a wide range of teeth-misalignment conditions.
- The aligners are smooth and comfortable to wear.
How Invisalign Works
Unlike sticky teeth molds used to map out your teeth for metal braces, Invisalign aligners are custom made to fit your teeth using digital scanners and 3D images. The dentist will create a treatment plan to map out the movement of your teeth over the course of treatment. Each new set of aligners will make slight adjustments that shift your teeth into the desired position over time. You’ll notice changes as you go along with treatments.
The length of treatment depends on each patient’s particular case. The more crooked the teeth or the more the bite is off, the longer the treatment will take. Typically, Invisalign patients wear aligners from anywhere between 10 and 24 months.
Once treatment is complete, a retainer is recommended in order to keep teeth in the proper position. As always, it’s important to keep up with dental checkups to make sure there are no issues with your teeth or bite.
If you are interested in further information, please call our Wayne, NJ, office to set up a consultation. Dr. Edeer and his team can help you determine if Invisalign is the right option for you.