Invisalign, an alternative to metal braces, provides the benefits of traditional braces with a smoother transitional period using clear and removable alignment trays. Within the past four years, over 730,000 patients have chosen Invisalign as a proprietary method of orthodontic treatment. Easy to insert and quick to remove, Invisalign provides a comfortable and virtually invisible treatment option designed to the patient’s specific need.
What results can I expect with Invisalign treatment plan?
In order to ensure a proper fitting for the first set of aligner trays, the dentist or orthodontist takes x-rays, dental impressions and photographs of your teeth. Afterwards, they are used to create a 3-D model and develop a treatment plan that outlines the teeth movement at each stage. Although the complete process can take 6 months to a year, patients with minor problems such as minor crowding or minor spacing may complete the treatment in less time.
In each stage, as the teeth move into their proper position, you’re fitted with a new set of aligners. Using this method, you have the opportunity to decide on your final teeth position. To be effective, it’s important that the aligner trays are worn at least 20 hours each day only to be removed during eating, drinking and brushing. Failing to wear them for the appropriate amount of time will delay the treatment process.
What are Invisalign’s Health Benefits?
Without the proper correction, overcrowding or teeth that are spaced to far apart is a leading cause in swollen gums and periodontal disease. A proactive treatment to correct and prevent dental problems, Invisalign gradually moves the teeth into their proper position. According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth significantly improves your overall dental health.
Traditionally, patients with metal braces were limited to certain foods and drinks. They were also at a higher risk of tooth decay because of the limited brushing and flossing area. Luckily because the Invisalign alignment trays are not fixed to the teeth, you can remove them during your oral care regimen. Other than bleeding gums, tooth loss and bad breath, research conducted by the American Dental Association states that bacteria in the mouth can lead to serious health conditions such as stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and pneumonia. Invisalign allows you to continue proper oral hygiene.
What are Invisalign’s Cosmetic Benefits?
Primarily designed to correct cosmetic problems, Invisalign also provides many other cosmetic benefits during the treatment plan. Made from BPA-free plastic, the patient avoids the mouth abrasions associated with metal braces. Since the tray aligners are made from a custom mold, they are comfortable and barely noticeable. Customized for both adults and teens, Invisalign is the ideal choice for patients who want perfect teeth but feel they are too old for by metal braces or are embarrassed by them. With Invisalign, you’ll have the confidence of an attractive smile throughout the process. As an added benefit, choosing Invisalign for your dental care needs can help with an overbite, jaw problems, speech, chewing difficulties and excessive wear on tooth enamel.
Union Square Dental has all the information you need to begin your Invisalign treatment. The staff can answer any questions you may have. For more information on Invisalign or other Cosmetic Dentistry options or to schedule a consultation, contact us at (415) 693-9139 or Info@UnionSquareDental.com