Invisible Braces are an orthodontic option that entails wearing removable trays that slowly align the teeth and mouth to create a straight smile. The apparatus is nearly invisible and is a comfortable, effective, aesthetically-pleasing way to get a straight and healthy mouth.
As an alternative to traditional metal braces, Invisible Braces offers an orthodontic adjustment method that uses a series of clear aligners, or trays, to gradually adjust your teeth. Invisible braces is particularly popular with adults and teenagers who don’t want people to see metal brackets every time they talk and smile.
Invisible braces can correct many orthodontic problems:
- Overcrowded teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Simple bite irregularities
- Relapses after traditional braces have been removed
How Invisalign Clear Braces Work
If your Dental Associates orthodontist feels Invisalign is a good fit for your orthodontic needs, we will take a set of X-rays and teeth impressions. We’ll send the X-rays and impressions to a lab where the Invisalign aligner trays are made using a 3-D computer projection of how your teeth could move with the help of aligners. The result of that projection determines the treatment plan and number of custom-made aligners.
Your specific case will determine how many aligners you will need throughout your treatment, but typically a set of 20 to 30 aligners are needed for both the upper and lower teeth. Your orthodontist will provide your Invisalign aligners a few sets at a time, and you’ll wear each aligner for about two weeks. Invisalign trays should be removed during eating, brushing, and flossing, but otherwise you should wear them at all times to ensure treatment success.
Your orthodontist will want to see you every four to six weeks to make sure the treatment plan is going well.
How Long Does Take?
The entire length of treatment depends on your individual case, but most adult teeth are corrected in less than a year. Teenagers who have Invisible Braces treatment tend to need a little longer period of time, usually 12 to 16 months. The more faithfully you follow the treatment plan, the more efficient your treatment will be. In general Invisible Braces trays should be worn 20-22 hours a day, which means they should be removed only during eating or brushing and flossing.
Traditional Braces versus Invisible Braces
Invisible Braces are recommended to correct many orthodontic problems. Still, traditional metal braces are often necessary to correct more complex bite and alignment issues. Your orthodontist will give you the best recommendation after thoroughly examining your mouth and evaluating your adjustment needs.