If you are considering Invisalign instead of traditional braces to straighten your teeth, you probably want to know more about what it is. Here are some questions we frequently get at Birth-Stewart-Fletcher Orthodontics about Invisalign:
What is Invisalign anyway?
Invisalign is a teeth-straightening system that involves a series of smooth plastic trays, or aligners that fit directly over your teeth. You switch one tray out for the next every two weeks or so. Each tray is a little different, and as a system, they gradually move your teeth into place with the last tray matching your final teeth alignment.
What is the treatment process?
At the beginning of Invisalign treatment, we will take x-rays and impressions of your teeth in order to create a digital 3-D model of how your teeth look now, how they should move, and how they will arrive into their ideal positions. Based on this treatment plan, we will order the trays for you. Once you begin wearing the trays, you will need to come to the office about every six weeks so we can make sure your teeth are moving according to plan.
What are the advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces?
The main reason patients choose Invisalign is because the trays are virtually invisible and don’t call attention to themselves. Invisalign has other advantages as well. Since there are no metal brackets or wires, Invisalign will not cut or scrape the inside of your mouth. Also, you will never have to make an emergency visit to the office to fix a bracket that popped off or a wire that broke.
Should I wear Invisalign all the time?
You should take out your Invisalign trays when you eat, floss and brush. You might also want to take them out for certain activities, such as when playing a contact sport or a musical instrument that requires using your mouth. But aside from such exceptions, you should always wear the trays to make sure your treatment keeps moving along nicely.
Can Invisalign replace traditional braces for anyone that wants it?
Invisalign is not a suitable treatment option in all cases. Come to the office for a complimentary consultation, and we will let you know if Invisalign will work for you.
Is Invisalign treatment any faster than traditional braces?
Not necessarily. Treatment times are about comparable.
What are any disadvantages of Invisalign over traditional braces?
Invisalign is typically a little more expensive than traditional braces. You might speak with a lisp at first until you get used to the trays in your mouth (but that can happen with traditional braces, too). And the fact that the trays are removable are an advantage, but you have to remember to wear them consistently. You also have to be sure not to lose or break them.