A form of braces that are very popular, especially with adults, is called Invisalign.
Most of us have heard of these clear aligners that fit over your teeth and correct crooked teeth. Many people prefer Invisalign to traditional braces for a number of reasons, including:
- They’re not noticeable
- They cost about the same as traditional braces
- They’re removable
The procedure for Invisalign differs from traditional braces as well, so let’s see what is involved if you are interested in receiving Invisalign braces.
Step 1: Speaking With Your Dentist
You will first need to talk to your dentist about Invisalign. You need to make sure that your dentist offers Invisalign treatment. If they do, they will examine your teeth and can tell you if you are a good candidate for this treatment.
Step 2: Creating a Treatment Plan
The dentist will begin by creating images of your teeth and mouth. They will be able to create a plan based on your needs and how each tooth should be aligned.
Step 3: Making the Aligners
Once your dentist has created your treatment plan, they will send the digital images to Invisalign so they can create the aligners.
With Invisalign braces, you will be switching out aligners a couple of times a month as your teeth move into place, so there will be multiple aligners created for each phase of the treatment.
Step 4: Treatment
When the aligners have been received by your dentist, you will start wearing them for about 22 hours each day. You can remove them to eat and when you need to brush and floss. As we mentioned above, as they move your teeth into place, you will switch the old aligners out for new ones that will continue the progress.
Invisalign treatment takes different amounts time depending on your case, but the average adult will use them for about a year.
Invisalign offers individuals the ability to have straighter teeth without the crowding in your mouth caused by braces. If you feel that Invisalign may benefit you, speak with your dentist about your options.