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November 13 2009

Invisalign: A Better Alternative To Traditional Metal Braces

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A confident smile certainly improves anyone’s appearance. However, dental problems such as overcrowded teeth, unsightly underbite or having wide gaps in between the teeth can sometimes interfere with one’s normal activities. Correcting the problem is easy as wearing traditional metal braces however, not everyone can withstand the pain associated with wearing metal brackets. The good thing is that there are options to remedy this orthodontic problem. The most common of which and by far the most popular dental technology being used nowadays is the Invisalign system.

The Invisalign system are clear plastic aligners worn for about two weeks then replaced by the next set of aligners in the series until the desired position of the teeth is achieved. The entire program is usually completed in less than a year and that depends on the patient’s dental treatment plan. Your dentist will determine the time line  of your Invisalign treatment plan.

What are the advantages of Invisalign aligners?

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  • Invisalign aligners are practically invisible. It’s made of thermoplastic material that looks similar to teeth whitening trays.
  • Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are removable. You can take it off when you’re eating, drinking and brushing your teeth.
  • Since there are no metal brackets needed to straighten the misaligned teeth, you don’t have to worry about mouth sores or irritation arising from the metal wires of the braces.
  • Shorter time spent whenever you visit your dentist because Invisalign treatment doesn’t involve adjusting metal brackets.
  • It allows you to view your virtual results before you start on the treatment plan. So you can see how your teeth will look like after the treatment is complete.

Invisalign works like metal braces – it moves the teeth through an appropriate placement and controlled force. The only difference is that Invisalign controls the timing of the force application. How is this so? Each stage allows certain teeth to move. For example, on week one only the teeth located at the back are allowed to move. The movement of the other teeth is scheduled on the next series of aligners.

At present, there over one million patients who have been treated with Invisalign technology. The number of patients who opt for clear plastic aligners continue to grow each year. If you want to learn more about Invisalign as an alternative to metal braces or if you want to know if Invisalign will work for you, consult with our Fort Lauderdale dentist for more information.