If you have cosmetic flaws in your teeth and smile, Invisalign braces are one of the most popular options today. Not only is it the clear solution to braces, it is also a solution that will take far less time than traditional metal braces. For individuals in the working world, or college students, the clear trays are ideal; no one has to know you are wearing the Invisalign trays other than you, all while receiving the benefits of an improved smile, and straighter teeth.
Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions our patients have concerning Invisalign clear braces:
How does Invisalign work?
The Invisalign system is a series of trays, that are specifically designed to help straighten the teeth, close a gap, or otherwise improve the overall appearance of your teeth and smile. The orthodontist (or dentist) will take an initial mold of your teeth. Using a computer, they will project the final outcome. With the projected finish, a series of clear Invisalign trays are created, each one conforming to help you achieve that perfect smile, in much less time.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign braces, is they are much quicker than traditional braces. With metal braces, most patients generally require 2 to 3 years of use; the clear trays can be worn from as little as 6 months (for minor issues), up to 1 to 2 years, for more severe problems. Depending on the issues being resolved, each tray will be worn for a few weeks or months at a time. You will progress through a series of trays, until the last one is worn, and should place the teeth to the final projected position, which was initially depicted in the computer positioning that is done at your first consultation.
Does Invisalign Hurt?
Just a little; the trays will tighten (as traditional braces would), in order for the teeth to move to the appropriate position. The pain is going to bother some more than others, and should subside after a few days, or one week after the new tray is being used.
How Do I Use Invisalign Trays?
Trays are to be worn all day, and during sleep; they should be worn as many hours of the day as possible, to ensure they properly shift the teeth. You will remove them to eat and brush your teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign Braces?
There are a number of benefits which Invisalign provides, over traditional braces; these include:
– A much shorter projected period of use, and less pain to attain the ideal finished product.
– They are clear; no one has to know you are wearing them, other than you.
– They do not leave marks on the teeth (soda and other stains), where braces might, under each bracket on the teeth.
– For those in the business world, college students, or others who do not want to wear the shiny metal braces, they trays are far more subtle, and less visible.
Not all cases can be resolved with Invisalign. But, for most issues braces would resolve, today the option to go with the clear tray solution, is one that many patients are choosing, as opposed to the original metal braces. Call us today at 910-763-1072 to schedule a free Invisalign consultation.