Invisalign: An Overview
The Invisalign system is a convenient and modern treatment option for those who want to achieve great results with a more flexible treatment experience. Invisalign uses a series of high-quality, custom-designed clear aligners to straighten the teeth and achieve an overall healthier smile. Thanks to the discreet nature of the aligners, many patients are turning to Invisalign as a comfortable and effective alternative to braces.
Each Invisalign system is designed specifically for the patient, so the length of treatment time varies. If you’re looking for a treatment that won’t disrupt your lifestyle and is designed specifically with your smile goals in mind, Invisalign could be the answer you’ve been looking for!
Does Invisalign Work?
The short answer is yes; Invisalign has been shown to be effective. Many assume that the majority of people considering Invisalign are adults who are self-conscious about their orthodontic treatment and would rather not have others see their appliances. Many adults are indeed curious about Invisalign; however, there’s a sizable subset of the population—teens—that shares that curiosity. Teens are increasingly interested in Invisalign because of how appealing the concept is to them. We often receive the question, “Does Invisalign really work?” As an experienced provider of Invisalign, Dr. Gass can confidently say he has seen hundreds of successful cases with Invisalign.
During Invisalign treatment, patients typically wear the clear plastic trays on their teeth for 20-22 hours per day. However, Dr. Gass will decide, on a case-by-case basis, how long you will need to wear your Invisalign trays. You should remove the retainers when eating, brushing your teeth, and cleaning the trays. Dr. Gass will use composite buttons to help create a surface on your teeth that will experience force or pressure. This will help your teeth gradually shift into place.
Invisalign uses a combination of gentle and firm forces to guide tooth movement, just like traditional braces. It is true that, like traditional braces, Invisalign requires periodic “adjustments.” However, this is simply changing out your aligners to the next in the series to ensure that consistent pressure is being applied to guide your teeth into alignment.
Benefits Of Choosing Invisalign
One of the most significant benefits of Invisalign is that they are more comfortable to wear. Because they are made of smooth plastic, they cause far less irritation than the wires and brackets used in traditional metal braces.
Invisalign employs a series of clear, removable aligners that are custom fitted to your specific needs. Your teeth gradually shift into place as you wear each aligner until they reach their final destination.
In addition to being smooth and comfortable to wear, Invisalign clear aligner trays are also removable. That means you can continue doing everything you normally do, including brushing, flossing, and eating whatever you want.
Like Invisalign, our in-house clear aligners are a series of clear, removable aligners that move your teeth into place. Using cutting-edge 3D impression technology, we make digital images of your teeth and bite. This gives us the most accurate way to evaluate your smile. These pictures are also sent to our digital planning software, which gives us complete control over your case so we can make precise changes. Dr. Gass has experience using both Invisalign and our own clear aligner system to treat many successful cases, so you can be sure that your treatment is in good hands.