Using Invisalign to improve the smile without metal brackets and wires
If you didn’t have access to orthodontic treatment growing up and are now an adult with an imperfect smile, you might have hesitated in the past about bringing up to your dentist your desire to straighten your teeth and your bite. That may be due to a fear of being told that traditional metal bracket-and-wire braces are the only method available to achieve the results you want. Fortunately, continued advancements in dentistry and orthodontics have allowed for improved, alternative treatments for patients who desire them. This includes Invisalign orthodontics. Dr. Rich Flores and his team in Willoughby, Ohio, are pleased to offer Invisalign for both teenagers and adults.
What is Invisalign?
Dr. Flores describes the Invisalign treatment as an alternative to traditional braces, allowing patients to reposition their smiles with a series of customized clear, plastic trays. It is sometimes referred to as invisible braces. Not only does this provide the results patients desire in terms of teeth straightening, but it lets them obtain the changes without having to cover their teeth and feel embarrassed while wearing metal appliances. Invisalign trays are completely clear and slide right over a patient’s teeth. When patients wear the Invisalign trays for at least 22 hours a day, removing them to eat and care for their smile, they can achieve results in approximately one year on average.
How long do I wear the Invisalign trays?
The invisible aligners are created in a series designed from digital impressions of the current smile using our intraoral camera–this means no messy, uncomfortable paste and molds! Each tray in the patient’s unique series is worn for over 22 hours a day for two weeks before patients continue to the next one. Patients will have achieved their desired results with proper compliance by the last tray.