What is Invisalign®?
In the United States, an estimated 74% of adults have crooked or misaligned teeth. Understandably, most of those with crooked teeth would rather not relive their teenage insecurities by succumbing to metal braces. Modern dentistry presents Invisalign® as a new way to successfully straighten teeth without the incessant worry of finding lettuce stuck between the wires.
Using clear, custom-made teeth trays, Invisalign® can correct crooked teeth, gaps, crowding, and bite problems without the pain, discomfort, and unsightly appearance of braces. Straightening your teeth with Invisalign® also improves dental health and reduces the risk of future costly dental problems. Over four million people have already used Invisalign® to achieve a beautiful smile with perfectly straight teeth. Using Invisalign® is a key component of Dr. Sands’ comprehensive smile makeover program which utilizes multiple forms of cosmetic dentistry for a brighter, straighter, and more fulfilling smile.
The advantages of Invisalign® include:
Get rid of gaps
Invisalign® gradually pulls the teeth into alignment and closes gaps so that teeth fit closely together as they should, removing “gap teeth”.
For adults with a crossbite, whether the upper teeth are closer to the cheek or tongue than the lower teeth, Invisalign® can adjust overall teeth alignment.
Using Invisalign® can straighten protruding teeth or “buck teeth” for a healthier and more functional smile.
an open bite
If there is a gap between your top and bottom teeth—known as an open bite—Invisalign® can pull the bottom and top teeth together so they make contact and line up properly.
If your lower teeth protrude in front of the upper teeth to form an underbite, Invisalign® can move the lower teeth back to align with the upper teeth and correct an underbite.
Invisalign® can improve issues with your bite, overcrowded teeth, protruding teeth, and gaps in teeth to enhance your overall smile.
How does Invisalign® work?
Dr. Sands assists patients with Invisalign® treatment through three stages, including:
Your teeth will first be X-rayed and examined, after which an impression will be made. Dr. Sands will ensure that your teeth are properly fitted for your Invisalign® treatment, and a set of custom-designed teeth trays will be made for you. Dr. Sands will also evaluate whether you could benefit from accelerated Invisalign®, which can shorten the treatment process by up to 50 percent. If you are a good candidate for additional smile makeover options, such as teeth whitening or porcelain veneers, Dr. Sands will advise you on your next steps.
What is the difference between Invisalign® and metal braces?
Braces are permanently glued to your teeth until the treatment is finished, making it quite difficult to brush and floss around metal wires. Invisalign® is better for oral health because the trays can be simply removed to allow for convenient brushing and flossing. And unlike metal braces, the Invisalign® process never requires tooth shaving, or the removal of enamel from the teeth.
Additionally, unlike braces which are typically tightened and fitted with new bands once per month, Dr. Sands will only need to meet you once every six to nine months during your Invisalign® treatment. If desired, AcceleDent® can also be used to accompany Invisalign® and cut your treatment time in half.
Last, Invisalign® treatment is designed for adults and made to be unobtrusive and virtually invisible. The trays are made of a clear thermoplastic material and are fitted exactly to your teeth, allowing you to wear them without feeling self-conscious.