Invisalign clear plastic alignment trays have revolutionized the orthodontics industry, with their use rivaling that of traditional metal braces.
Their popularity is attributed to aesthetics, abbreviated treatment time, and easy removability, which combine to make them an appealing choice for teens and adults to confidently straighten teeth. In most instances, Invisalign has been found to be as effective as traditional metal braces.
If you have been told you need braces to correct your misaligned teeth, then chances are you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign. In addition, you should have good overall dental health, not smoke or use tobacco products, and have a fully developed mouth (no primary teeth remaining). Patients must also be committed to complying with Invisalign usage requirements:
Wearing 22 hours a day
Removing when eating or when drinking hot beverages or any cold beverage beyond pure water.
Thoroughly cleaning trays daily to remove plaque and bacteria
Adhering to scheduled checkups approximately every four weeks to monitor progress and be fitted for the next series of trays.
Invisalign is a great alternative to standard braces for adults who may not need extensive rework to straighten their teeth, such as those who neglected to regularly wear their night retainer post orthodontics and now find that a few front teeth have shifted out of place.
In the past, Invisalign was not advised to treat extreme malocclusions, or uneven jaw bites. However, advancements in design mean that today up to 80% of all malocclusions can be effectively corrected using Invisalign technology. For extreme malocclusions, combining Invisalign with traditional orthodontics is has been found to be the best solution.
While Invisalign works incognito, straightening while invisible to the average eye, the real key to its effectiveness is rooted in digital technology. Computer software and 3-D imagery chart your teethâ€™s path to alignment. The patient has the opportunity to â€œseeâ€ a virtual image of how their straightened teeth will appear before even begins. This same software is used to monitor progress at each visit and customize the series of clear trays that are the namesake of Invisalign.
Ready to take another look at Invisalign? Contact Dr. Amit Kumar at Smile More Today at info@SmileMoreToday.com or 312-772-BITE (2483) to schedule your new smile consultation.
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