Straight Talk About Invisalign | Boca Raton, FL
- December 25, 2015
Orthodontic treatments are better than ever, and today’s patients have several choices about how to straighten their teeth.
One of the more popular options in Invisalign, which you may have heard described as “invisible braces.” This system uses clear, plastic aligners to change the position of your teeth and to improve your smile.
Keep reading to learn more about Invisalign. Then, call Robert A. Eckelson, D.D.S., P.A., in Boca Raton to schedule a free consultation to find out if this orthodontic treatment will work for you.
Invisalign vs. braces
To understand the benefits of using Invisalign, let’s first compare it with a more traditional orthodontic treatment. Metal braces have been used for a long time to fix a wide variety of alignment problems.
With either type of orthodontic treatment, we will begin by examining your teeth. This helps us understand the starting position of your teeth and the health of the underlying bone structure. With this knowledge, we design a treatment program to straighten you smile.
If you get braces, we will attach brackets to your teeth. Wires connect the brackets, and adjustments to the wires keep your teeth moving closer to their final position. Some braces also use ligatures, which are small rubber bands, to assist with this process.
Invisalign uses a series of plastic aligners to push your teeth gently and gradually into a straight position. The aligners are designed with the benefit of computer software. Each time you change your aligner, you will know that you are a little closer to having straight teeth.
Invisalign will not work for every patient or for every problem with your teeth, but it will work for a lot of different problems. Here are some issues you can fix with either braces or Invisalign:
- Overbite — This is when your top teeth overlap your bottom teeth.
- Underbite — This is when you bottom teeth overlap your top teeth.
- Crossbite — This is when your top and bottom teeth overlap one another in different areas when you close your bite.
- Crowded teeth — This occurs when your teeth are too close and press into one another
- Crooked teeth — This is when your teeth sit at an angle rather than vertically.
- Gapped teeth — This is when you have wider than expected spaces between your teeth.
If you have more than one of the issues mentioned above, Invisalign and braces can fix that, too.
Invisalign for adults
If you are an adult, you may have considered orthodontic treatments in the past, but decided against it.
You may have been concerned about how long the treatment would take. People often wear braces for two years or more, after all.
Orthodontic treatments for adults are more common than they used to be, but you still may worry about how others perceive might perceive you. Will your colleagues take you less seriously in staff meetings if you have metal brackets and wires in your mouth? Will your clients and customers be distracted instead of listening to what you have to say?
These are understandable concerns, and you can address them with Invisalign.
The plastic aligners are clear. When you have them on, most people will not notice anything different about the appearance of your teeth.
But how long does it take Invisalign to work? For some lucky patients, Invisalign can change the position of their teeth in six months. On average, however, it takes about one year to complete your orthodontic treatment with Invisalign.
Orthodontic treatment is a rite of passage for many teenagers. If you are a teen, you probably have friends who are wearing braces or using retainers.
You may also be aware of some of the problems that can arise from orthodontic treatment.
Your friends may complain about the discomfort caused by their braces. This might be because the brackets and wires are scratchy or because they just had another adjustment to tighten their braces.
You’ve probably noticed that they have to avoid eating certain foods, like chips and crunchy cookies. Plus, they have to clean their teeth frequently to make sure nothing gets caught between their brackets and wires.
Invisalign aligners are made of a smooth plastic, so you don’t have to worry about scratchy metal in your mouth. (You won’t have to worry about a wire coming loose and poking you in the cheeks or gums, either.)
As far as adjustments go, you just have to replace one aligner with a new one every two weeks or so. To help you remember when to change your aligners, they even make a special product, Invisalign Teen.
The Invisalign Teen aligners have small blue dots. These aren’t visible to other people, but you can see them when you take out your aligners. When the dots fade, you know it’s time to put in a new aligner.
You need to wear your aligners for 22 hours a day for best results, but you can take them out during meals (which means you can eat whatever you like) and to brush and floss your teeth.
See the difference for yourself
Invisalign and braces are excellent orthodontic treatments for a variety of issues. For many patients, Invisalign offers a faster, more comfortable, and more discreet way to achieve the same results.
If you live in the Boca Raton area and you are looking for a dentist who offers Invisalign, contact Robert A. Eckelson, D.D.S., P.A. at 561-235-3100 or use our online form to schedule a free consultation.
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