Straighter Teeth With Invisalign
We live in a society that places great emphasis on first impressions. A smile filled with beautifully aligned teeth will make a better impression than one that has crooked teeth. Recently, a lot of people have used Invisalign as a means to achieve this goal.
Invisalign is manufactured and marketed by Align Technology, Inc, which was founded in 1997 and received FDA clearance in 1998. Since then, this technology has been widely used as an alternative to traditional braces. Usually the treatment is covered by insurance the same way as traditional orthodontic treatment.
The treatment consists of a series of clear, removable aligners or trays. These aligners need to be worn 20-22 hours per day. The success of Invisalign treatment is largely dependent on patient commitment. Like braces, these aligners put gentle pressure on the teeth to move them into a new position.
Each set is worn for 2-4 weeks before proceeding to the next set. Besides the obvious cosmetic advantage, they are more comfortable than traditional braces there are no wires or metal to rub against your cheeks.
While eating, trays can be removed and you need not worry about food being stuck between the front teeth. These trays can also be removed for brushing, flossing and special occasions.
To get started, you must first contact an orthodontist or dentist who is a certified Invisalign provider. Upon evaluation, if you are a good candidate, impressions of your teeth are made and sent to Align Technology. A 3-D graphic representation of the doctor’s treatment plan (Clin-Check) is created from these impressions.
This allows you to see up front the series of movements your teeth will go through over the course of treatment. After the orthodontist reviews the treatment plan, a series of custom-made aligners are produced that corresponds to your Clin-Check.
Invisalign may not be the option for everyone. The first step is to contact an orthodontist/dentist who is certified in Invisalign so you can have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.