Braces. The very word calls up an image most people older than 10 want to avoid. You imagine sore teeth, bands coming loose, and cringing a little inside every time you smile, as you imagine everyone in the room trying not to stare at your mouth. But that word changes entirely if you place another in front of it: “Invisalign.”
Invisalign braces are transparent braces that change the position of your teeth incrementally over a period of time. If your teeth are too close together, too far apart, or unevenly spaced, Invisalign braces may be the answer. They can also be used to treat overbite, crossbite, and other alignment problems.
The process is simple. The dentist uses molds and photographs of your teeth to construct a three-dimensional computer model that projects how your teeth might be gradually adjusted over time. Then the dentist will give you a series of aligners to fit over your teeth—a new one every two weeks. Your teeth will move just a fraction of a millimeter with each new aligner, but by the time your treatment is finished, you'll have a smile you can be proud of.
The most obvious advantage of Invisalign braces over the traditional kind is their near-invisibility. Your Invisalign braces will not be noticeable to most people, so you won't have to explain why you're wearing them to everyone you run into.
Another marvelous advantage of Invisalign braces is that you can remove them while you eat. You don't have to worry about food particles getting stuck between them, forcing you to spend time cleaning them and subjecting you to the risk of tartar and cavities. Most users also find Invisalign braces more comfortable to wear on a daily basis than traditional ones.
Michael J. Wei is an experienced and trustworthy dentist who has been voted one of America's Top Dentists by the Consumers' Research Council of America every year since 2005. We offer Invisalign braces as well as Snap-On Smile, porcelain veneers, and other cosmetic dental services, along with restorative and general dental services. Call us today to set up your first appointment!