Invisalign aligners are a popular alternative for adults who have mild to moderate crooked, crowded, or spacing between the teeth. They are smooth, custom-made plastic trays worn over your teeth. Many patients prefer them to traditional metal braces for a variety of reasons.
Invisalign is the most advanced clear aligner system, backed by more than two decades of innovation. Unlike braces, Invisalign clear aligners are removable and virtually invisible. There are no wires and brackets, so you don’t need to change the way you brush and floss. Plus, you can continue to eat all your favorite foods.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign uses clear aligners developed from computer-generated impressions of your teeth taken by your dentist to change the position of your teeth. While traditional braces use wires to pull the teeth into alignment, Invisalign aligns the teeth by using a series of custom-made plastic trays worn over your teeth. The aligners are worn for several months, forcing your teeth into their new and improved position. Treatment time varies based on your specific bite issues and cosmetic goals.
Invisalign vs. Metal Braces
Both Invisalign braces and traditional metal braces are intended to improve the alignment of your teeth to produce a straighter smile. While traditional braces have been used by orthodontists and dentists for decades, Invisalign is a newer concept intended to meet the needs of modern people.
There are some similarities and differences between the Invisalign and traditional braces which include:
• Invisalign aligners are made from see-through BPA-free plastic, which is virtually invisible to other people. Traditional braces are made from metal wires and elastic bands, which makes them more visible.
• Invisalign braces can be removed whenever necessary. Traditional braces cannot be removed as they are stuck to teeth by wires.
• The Invisalign process is substantially shorter than the usual treatment period for traditional braces. Because of how Invisalign works, patients only have to wear the trays for 6 to 18 months whereas traditional braces have an average time of 2 years.
Who Can Benefit?
Invisalign is an ideal treatment for teenagers who require corrective work. They are easier and more comfortable than traditional braces and offer more flexibility. They are also for adults who experience mild to moderate orthodontic problems including:
• Crooked teeth
• Overcrowded teeth
• Gaps between teeth
• Overbites and Crossbites
Invisalign Dentist in Downers Grove
If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, contact Webster Dental at 630.663.0554. Our dental office is located in the heart of downtown Downers Grove at 1121 Warren Avenue, Suite 130. Dr. Barbara Webster has over 20 years of experience as a dentist and is one of the top-rated dentists for general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry in Downers Grove.