Invisalign is a system for straightening teeth and improving the bite which is an alternative to conventional metal orthodontic “braces”. This system utilizes a series of clear plastic aligners, each of which is worn 22 hours per day for a period of 2 weeks. The company began in 1997 and has gone through a series of improvements which have made this method increasingly utilized and accepted by the dental community as well as patients.
There is no question that our practice is seeing more and more adult patients who request Invisalign to improve their bite and appearance, as well as to help turn back the clock.
There are a number of conditions which can be addressed using this system:
- Those who had orthodontics as a child but have seen significant relapse over the years.
- Patients who are concerned about the shifting or increasing misalignment of their teeth.
- Those who have teeth which are wearing down unevenly.
- Patients with teeth that appear crowded or misaligned.
- Those who have an underbite, overbite or open bite.
- In some cases, those who have gaps between their teeth.
- Increasingly, those who desire to improve their appearance and look younger.
There are significant benefits of Invisalign as compared to conventional metal orthodontics:
- There are no dietary restrictions because the aligners are removed before eating.
- There are no special dental hygiene requirements because the liners can be removed to brush and floss the teeth.
- Because the aligners are made from a clear plastic material, they are practically invisible.
As the system begins with a virtual treatment plan called a “ClinCheck”, both the dentist and the patient are provided a digital preview of the treatment. This preview, if used properly, helps to determine how well the treatment will result. In our experience, patients truly enjoy this preview and its use to track the progress of their case. It’s important to note that In some severe cases, the use of Invisalign may not offer the best solution. Some cases may still require either surgical intervention, conventional metal braces or a combination of the two.
There are several long-term benefits of having straight teeth and a good bite:
- Straight teeth are easier to keep clean and food particles and plaque are not trapped in uneven spaces. The result is a decreased likelihood of both dental decay and gum disease.
- Healthier teeth and gums contribute to a person’s overall systematic well-being and health.
- Uneven wear due to misaligned teeth is alleviated.
- Patients enjoy a more confident smile and an improved, more youthful appearance.
If you have any questions about Invisalign, please feel free to call us at 908.359.6655 or via our website at www.DesignsForDentalHealth.com