In 1945, Dr. H.D. Kesling envisioned that one day, modern technology would enable the use of a series of tooth positioners to produce the kinds of movements required for comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Advanced computer technology has made this vision a reality. Much like the advances in teeth whitening have made that treatment more conveniently accessible, Invisalign has made orthodontic alignment possible without braces.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten teeth without braces using a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth. Aligners are clear and look similar to tooth-whitening trays, but they are custom-made for a better fit to gradually align teeth. They are made of clear, strong medical grade plastic that is virtually unseen when worn. Some orthodontists and dentists have referred to them as “contact lenses for teeth.”
How does Invisalign® work?
Invisalign uses 3-D computer imaging technology to depict the complete treatment plan from the initial position to the final desired position. A series of custom-made, clear “aligners” are produced to be worn sequentially, moving the teeth incrementally to produce extensive tooth movements in both the upper and lower arches. Like brackets and arch wires are to braces, Invisalign aligners move teeth through appropriate placement of controlled force on the teeth. The principal difference is that Invisalign not only controls forces, but it also controls the timing of the force application. At each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move, and these movements are determined by the orthodontic treatment plan for that particular phase. This results in an efficient force delivery system.
What is the Difference Between Invisalign and Braces?
Invisalign is clear and removable. You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. Unlike braces, you can eat and drink what you want during treatment, and you can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene. Also, Invisalign is comfortable. There are no metal brackets or wires as with braces to cause mouth irritation, and having no metal or wires means that you spend less time in the doctor’s chair getting adjustments. You can also view your virtual treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete. For the correction of milder orthodontic problems such as minor crowding and spacing, we offer Invisalign Express, which generally has a treatment time of less than six months.
If you live in or around Plainfield and are considering Invisalign treatment, call us today! Our highly skilled and friendly staff is here to help.