Invisalign is an orthodontic appliance that can be removed. In comparison to traditional orthodontic solutions, Invisalign is a fantastic alternative for metal brackets and braces. Invisalign, also known as ’invisible braces’ are a great choice recommended by many Palm Beach cosmetic dentists to straighten your teeth without damaging your appearance during the process.
The concept of removable braces has been around since the 1940’s and today, Invisalign is a preferred method that is much simpler in comparison to its predecessors. In fact, the process only requires one photograph set of the teeth and one set of impressions that can be obtained during consultation. The impressions and photographs are used to model a 3D projection of how your teeth can be aligned. This forms the basis for a series of custom aligners that will be designed for your case. Once the models are created, they are sent to the manufacturer’s dental laboratory to create the aligners.
The aligners are designed using a CAD process and then sent to the cosmetic dentist. The dentist will dispense the aligners, one at a time or in couples every 4 – 6 weeks depending on the case. The patient has to wear each aligner in its proper order and in the right duration to obtain the desired results. While wearing the aligners, the teeth are moved little by little. The aligners must be worn about 20 hours a day for successful repositioning.
An average Invisalign treatment will require up to 30 aligners for the upper and lower teeth. A typical treatment lasts for about 12 months but there is the possibility that the treatment may take longer depending on the problem.
Invisalign can effectively correct a range of dental problems. Overly crowded teeth, teeth that are spaced too wide and overbites are among the most common dental problems that are treated with Invisalign. Additionally, those who have had their traditional braces removed may have some relapse that can be easily corrected with Invisalign. Crossbites and various simple bite irregularities can also be fixed with an Invisalign treatment.