Metal braces are used less today than in the past. Today, nearly invisible aligners are used for correcting misaligned teeth. While not everyone is a good candidate for Invisalign, the nearly invisible aligners, those patients who can enjoy the benefits of this technology. Only an Invisalign Elk Grove Village dentist can properly fit your teeth for these aligners. The following will cover information about the Invisalign system.
What is Invisalign?
The full system they call Invisalign involves an efficient and effective plan and process for the correction of misaligned teeth. 3D computer imaging renders a patient’s total plan. It records the original position of your teeth to the final proper alignment of your teeth.
How does it work?
A series of custom-made aligners are created specifically for your teeth. Each set in the series is designed to straighten your teeth a little at a time. Each aligner is worn for two weeks and then replaced until your teeth are straight. How long you wear them will be determined by your Invisalign Elk Grove Village dentist.
How do the aligners move your teeth?
Just like with metal braces with brackets and wires, Invisalign aligners apply controlled force to the teeth that require correction. Invisalign takes the process a step further by timing the force on the appropriate for each stage. Your dentist will set up a plan for which teeth are moved in each series of aligners.
Will Invisalign affect my lifestyle?
One of the many benefits of the Invisalign system is that they are not metal braces with wires and brackets affixed to your teeth. You can remove the aligners for brushing, flossing, drinking, eating, and other activities according to your Invisalign Elk Grove Village dentist’s instructions. They aren’t painful and they don’t irritate your mouth.
Are they really invisible?
Invisalign aligners are clear. They are barely noticeable to the point that unless you tell people you are wearing them they probably won’t know. Up close, you can tell there is something there, but it’s not obvious.
Your Invisalign Elk Grove Village dentist will be able to customize your system. You do have to wear them for at least 20 to 22 hours per day (including while you sleep) in order for them to be effective. The Brian Homann, DDS, PC offers the Invisalign system to its patients. You can make an appointment and find out if Invisalign is right for you.