Crooked teeth can cause a person’s confidence to suffer. Most people typically don’t want metal braces and tend to prefer the clear plastic aligners for their orthodontic treatment. These aligners move teeth without metal wires and brackets. The aligners are far less likely to cause the same kind of irritation that the bulky metal braces are known to cause, and are much more comfortable.
Invisalign aligners are clear plastic, virtually invisible liners that fit over the teeth. Each new aligner from the dentist will move the teeth more and more, into the desired position. Worn by the patient all day and night, they only need to be removed for eating and brushing the teeth. Hygiene is easier with the aligners because there are no brackets, wires, chains or rubber bands to clean around.
The length of treatment varies from case to case, depending on complexity and severity. Have an honest and open conversation with the dentist regarding how long the expected treatment should last. Special impressions are taken at the office and the alignment trays are made from these impressions. This process only takes a few minutes. Your dentist will inform you how long it will take to get your first tray.
Teenage children may be apprehensive about metal braces, worrying and self-conscious about what their peers may say. Invisalign may be the best option for the situation. This type of aligner is also gentler on the teeth and gums, allowing teenagers to continue pursuing any sports or other activities where there is a risk of damaging the mouth associated with wearing metal braces.
Contact Manhattan Dental Design today to set up a consultation to find out if you or your teen is a candidate for Invisalign!