You’ve heard of Invisalign, the clear plastic aligners that many orthodontists recommend as an alternative to traditional braces. Like braces, Invisalign aligners can straighten crooked or crowded teeth, fix bite problems, and close gaps between teeth.
But what are the different types of Invisalign aligners available? And how can you know if one is right for you?
Many adults would like to straighten their teeth, but are simply not willing to consider metal braces as an option at this stage in life. Because Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic, they provide an alternative to braces that are almost unnoticeable.
Similar to braces, the aligners are designed to gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. However, unlike braces, Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing you to remove them when you brush and floss. Additionally, many wearers feel that the aligners are practically invisible, giving them the self confidence to wear them for the recommended 22-24 hours a day.
In the past, wearing braces was a rite of passage for many teens. But in recent years, Invisalign for Teens has become a very popular option.
Similar to Invisalign for Adults, Invisalign Teen Aligners are also made of smooth, clear plastic. The aligners offer teens all of the benefits of the adult version, including the ability to remove them to brush and floss, as well as the freedom to chew gum and eat foods like popcorn and apples – all of which is typically not recommended to those wearing braces.
The Invisalign Express treatment is a simplified version of the full Invisalign treatment, typically comprised of five stages and designed to be completed in three months or less. The treatment is primarily developed for people with minor orthodontic issues (such as very mild crowding or spacing). For those with slightly more complicated issues, there is also a ten-aligner series of Invisalign treatment that lasts five to six months.
Patients who qualify for Invisalign Express receive a series of five or ten aligner sets, with each set switched out approximately every two weeks. The goal is to gradually move the patient’s teeth into the proper position.
If you’re interested in exploring the possibility of using Invisalign for your orthodontic treatment, call the Sacramento Dentistry Group today and we would be happy to discuss the options available in detail.