Invisalign Dental Alignment
Invisalign is a cutting edge method of orthodontic therapy, and is intended to straighten and align teeth in a gradual, systematic way. The advantages of Invisalign braces is that they are largely hidden, without the need for metal apparatus, and they are removable and not permanently affixed to the teeth. The problems with traditional braces, including issues surrounding food consumption, brushing and flossing, are avoided with the Invisalign system because the braces are removed before eating and brushing.
Invisalign braces are also reported to be much more comfortable than traditional metal braces, as the mouth abrasions that are common with metal braces are completely avoided. Beyond this, time spent in the dentist's office is usually lessened, as adjustments are less frequent. The tradtional metal braces soon seem vastly inferior to the clear, comfortable, and effective Invisalign system.
Invisalign begins with a 3-D computer imaging process that analyzes the current state of your teeth, and models exactly how your teeth should look when the alignment process is complete. This digital imaging process allows you to see exactly how your teeth will progress from their current state, to the final "properly aligned" state. From this, custom Invisalign aligners are created, and each aligner is a subtle step from one teeth configuration to the next. These aligners gently reposition your teeth over a period of approximately two weeks, after which time the next aligner is inserted.
With any new procedure, there are certain factors to be aware of. The Invisalign process allows the aligners to be removed during eating, but this requires the patient to be somewhat more vigilant in keeping the aligners on during the course of a day; the habit of putting them back in after eating must be enforced, for the aligners do no good while sitting on the counter. Furthermore, after eating it is important to clean the aligners and the teeth to ensure proper contact and a healthy mouth. Typically this has the benefitial side effect of fostering improved oral care among Invisalign patients.