Invisalign: your Alternative to Metal Braces



Historically, straightening teeth required a round of braces; bulky, metal brackets affixed to individual teeth with a wire running through each. Over the years, orthodontic care was improved by the development of ceramic or clear fixtures, and with smaller brackets. Still, there was little that could be done to make braces blend into the smile. For that reason, there was little that could be done to convince some people to correct misalignment that was wrecking their oral health! Now we have a new way to accomplish this task: Invisalign.

How Invisalign has Changed the Game of Braces
Invisalign is not braces at all; it is a system of correcting misalignment with clear plastic trays. You could say they look like the mouth guards worn by athletes, only much smaller and much more comfortable. The clear, smooth plastic from which trays are made is so discreet that most people do not notice when they see them. Because trays are formed to fit closely around teeth, they are also quite comfortable.
The entire course of treatment takes place with these trays; a series of them to be exact. Each set of upper and lower trays is designed in sophisticated software that transfers images of your teeth into a visual animation. When a set is worn, gentle force is encouraging the desired movement. Every two weeks, a new set takes the place of the previous, and continues the predicted progression of movement. How many sets it takes to straighten your teeth will depend on your unique structure and the degree of misalignment.

Compliance with prescribed wear also determines the overall time frame for treatment. Invisalign aligners are designed for continual wear, minus brushing and flossing, and meals. This adds up to about 22 hours a day of wear. The good news is, the comfort and discreet nature of these aligners makes it easy to keep them in!

Having straight teeth means having a more attractive smile. It also means that you are more likely to enjoy better oral health, as long as you brush and floss as your dentist recommends. Is it time to reveal your straightest smile? We can help you. Call O’Brien Dental Care at (952) 445-6657.

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