Traditional metal braces are a bitter-sweet procedure for young adults who require orthodontic treatment. At the end of the treatment, the patient can enjoy a straighter, more appealing smile. However, the metal brackets and wires that traditional braces consist of are obvious and can make the wearer self-conscious about his/her appearance for the duration of the treatment, which can sometimes last up to two years.
For adults who wish for straighter teeth, this self-consciousness can be even greater, and many adults choose not to undergo treatment for fear that braces may negatively affect their professional and personal lives. With Invisalign® Clear Braces, you can now achieve the smile you’ve always wanted without the stigma of metal brackets and wires.
Questions & Answers About Invisalign®
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is a modern alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment. Rather than metal wires and brackets, Invisalign utilizes clear, custom-made aligners that are designed to slip over your teeth and gradually correct orthodontic issues, including crooked, crowded, or widely spaced teeth.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
Treatment with Invisalign® involves a series of aligners that are designed to gradually move your teeth into their final desired position. Over the course of treatment, you will wear each aligner for two weeks, and then progress to the next step of re-alignment.
What do the Aligners Look Like?
Invisalign’s discretion is one of its greatest advantages. Instead of metal, the aligners are made from a clear, thermoplastic material. Virtually invisible, the aligners are similar in appearance to teeth-whitening trays.
How is Invisalign’s Approach Different Than Braces?
While traditional braces can be adjusted for force, Invisalign technology differs in that it also controls the timing of the force application. Only certain teeth are moved during each stage of treatment, which is unique to each case.