What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a relatively new way of straightening teeth. The procedure became commercially available in 2000 so the treatment has a fifteen year history.
Unlike braces Invisalign, is designed to be invisible. Aligner trays made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free clear plastic are worn over your teeth to subtly and gently move your teeth. X-rays, pictures, and impressions are made in order to create a precise 3-D image of your teeth in order to accurately configure your aligner trays.
If you are considering Invisalign to straighten your teeth, or your child’s teeth, you will naturally have questions. Is it effective? Is it affordable? Ultimately, you want to choose the treatment that will best suit your needs, regardless of expense.
If you’re an adult, or have a teen, who tends to be self-conscious, Invisalign may appeal to you. And the fact that the trays are removable so you can eat, drink, brush and floss more naturally, is very desirable to many. To others the idea of having to remove trays for meals or while drinking anything but water seems inconvenient. If that’s the case, Invisalign may not be the best solution for you. Also if you have bridgework or problems with your back teeth then Invisalign is probably not an option.
However, if invisibility is important and you are disciplined in wearing your trays and you see the ability to take the trays out when eating and cleaning your teeth as a plus, then this is probably the right procedure for you. But you must remember, if you don’t wear them, they won’t work. Used properly, aligners reduce the damage normally caused by wearing braces, including gum disease and cavities.
It’s important to choose a provider that has experience with both braces and invisalign so that they can recommend the best solution.