What is Invisalign? Breaking Things Down

When most people think about straightening their teeth they usually call to mind images of a mouth filled with metal brackets connected via a series of wires. This is because most people are familiar with traditional braces and, for years, this was the only effective way to correct a smile and bite.

Invisalign is a system that is not only as effective as traditional braces but is also far more easy to wear. 

Invisalign uses a series of small, clear plastic aligner trays that a patient will wear in their mouth like a retainer. Those trays are created using sophisticated 3D imaging to the precise dimensions of someone’s mouth, ultimately allowing them to act as a custom “second skin” for their teeth.

Each set of aligners is worn for one week until they’re swapped out for the next set in the series. Each set gently moves the teeth into the desired position, thus correcting someone’s smile (or bite-related problems like an under or overbite) during the treatment.

Why Would I Want Invisalign, Anyway?

While traditional braces technology has come a long way, aligner therapy has a number of incredible advantages that most simply cannot afford to ignore.

CONVENIENT: For starters, most people love the fact that Invisalign comes with far less frequent (not to mention shorter) trips to the orthodontist. You’ll usually visit our office every ten weeks so Dr. Younis can check your progress and fit you for additional aligners. You’ll be out the door and on your way before you know it. 

REMOVABLE: Likewise, the aligners are totally removable – meaning that they’re both comfortable AND that you don’t have to watch what you eat for the duration of your treatments. You can eat absolutely anything you’d like, so long as you A) remove the aligners before you eat, and B) brush and floss your teeth, whenever possible, before putting them back in otherwise at least rinse with water.

DISCREET: Because the aligners are removable, you can take them out for special occasions – like weddings, school dances, or just your family photos,  – without recording your orthodontic treatment for all-time.

FITS YOUR LIFESTYLE: Last but not least, clear aligners allow you to be yourself.   Whether you have to speak in public for your job, play a musical instrument, play sports or you just want to keep your treatment private, aligners are the perfect alternative to braces.