Invisalign orthodontic teeth straightening

Clearly the best teeth straightening solution

Invisalign is a clear  alternative to metal braces. The plastic braces are ideal for people who want an unobtrusive appearance as they straighten their teeth. The system was first introduced in the 1990s by Align Technologies. Invisalign is becoming a popular alternative to traditional braces due to their clear look and proven effectiveness in straightening teeth.

Invisalign is custom-made  for the patient, with a new set being used every couple of weeks. The dentist will take an impression and photographs of the teeth in the initial consultation. The results are passed to the Invisalign lab where technicians create a 3D computer image of how the teeth could be moved incrementally, which will then be used to create a series of custom-made aligners that gently produce the required movement. Once a treatment plan is formulated, a clear plastic aligner is produces for each stage of the treatment. The devices are then sent to the orthodontist, who will oversee the administering and supervision of the plan. As stated, the devices will usually need to be changed every two weeks, meaning frequent consultations with the practitioner.

Clear Braces Before After

Clear braces treatment before and after

The average treatment time for Invisalign is about one year, if the patient adheres to the plan and wears the aligners the recommended 20 hours a day. Treatment may take longer in more complex treatments. A patient can expect to go through 20 or more aligners for both the upper and lower teeth before they get the desired results.

Invisalign is suitable for both teenagers and adults with all their adult teeth who are happy to follow a strict regime from their dentist. Non-compliance may compromise treatment success. According to the Invisalign website, the aligners can be used to correct the following dental concerns:

Over crowded teeth  – a situation where there is a lack of room within the jaw for all of the teeth to fit normally.

Spaced out  teeth – caused by abnormal continued growth of the jaw bone. Often missing teeth can cause the surrounding teeth to shift due to extra space.

Underbite – occurs when the lower teeth extend past the front teeth.

Crossbite – occurs when both jaws are both misaligned.

Overbite – occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth.

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