The Invisalign process works in a manner that is similar to traditional braces, but it avoids the poking and prodding of the wires and brackets. In their place is a set of transparent, plastic aligners. While brackets press the inside of the mouth and wires poke the lips and gums, Invisalign aligners are created using a soft, smooth plastic that won’t cause discomfort inside the mouth.
The aligners are created using an advanced computer imaging system to ensure that they will fir perfectly in your mouth. If you decide to start the Invisalign process, your dentist will provide you with a set of aligners, each set slightly different than the one before. You will then wear each aligner for a short time before moving on to the next one, and the aligners will gradually straighten your teeth to the desired position.
The average treatment time for traditional braces is about two years. Often, it takes one year to adjust the teeth and another year to adjust the roots. Invisalign can make the same adjustments in much less time. The average treatment time to gain a straight smile with Invisalign is approximately 9-15 months.
Anyone who has ever been treated with braces is well aware of the long list of foods that you are not allowed to eat. This is because dentists and patients alike worry about foods that may become lodged in the wire braces. Since Invisalign aligners are designed to be easily removed, meal time is no longer a problem. You simply remove the aligner, enjoy your meal, and then put back on the alinger once finished. Patients who use traditional braces are given an array of special tooth brushes and flosses to keep the teeth clean. It is time consuming to clean around the wires and brackets. Since Invisalign aligners are easily removable, brushing and flossing are now a breeze!
Another advantage to Invisalign aligners is that they are nearly invisible when worn. With traditional braces, it’s never a secret. Everyone can clearly see the wires and brackets, which can have an affect on your self-confidence. Invisalign employs clear plastic trays that are virtually invisible, boosting your confidence while your smile is being restored.
If you live in the New York, NY area and are interested in Invisalign, call us today to set up a consultation!