Invisalign consists of a series of clear plastic aligners that are worn full time to progressively straighten your teeth, similar to braces. Each set of aligners is worn for 2 weeks and are programmed to move the teeth in small increments before switching to the next set of aligners. There are new technologies which can now accelerate orthodontic treatment (AcceleDent and Propel), enabling patients to switch out aligners as few as every 5-7 days! The aligners are comfortable, removable and best of all, clear, so they are virtually invisible.
- The aligners are clear, making them virtually invisible to others, so they offer a high degree of aesthetics.
- The aligners are removable, so you don’t have to alter your diet or oral hygiene routine during treatment.
- Because they are made of a smooth, comfortable plastic, there is nothing to irritate the inside of the mouth or tongue.
- Invisalign typically requires fewer adjustment appointments, and the average patient is seen only every 8 to 10 weeks.
- There is a lower chance of damaging your aligners, so the need for emergency appointments is minimal.
- If the aligners are not worn as prescribed, ideal results won’t be achieved and your treatment can take longer than estimated. Compliance is key.
- Clear attachments may be required to aid in tooth movement, which will make the aligners more visible to others.
- Patients with severe orthodontic issues may not be ideal candidates for Invisalign.
A consultation with Dr. Desh can determine whether Invisalign would be the best treatment option for you!
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