From playing rough contact sports to avoiding awkward or embarrassing social situations, there are many reasons for people to avoid or put off getting traditional metal braces. However, you can straighten your teeth discreetly using Invisalign’s system of clear aligner trays from your Philadelphia, PA dentists at Gilbert Dental Care.
What is Invisalign?
Similar to traditional braces, Invisalign uses pressure placed onto the teeth to move them into their desired positions. Invisalign patients wear a series of comfortable, clear aligner trays in succession until treatment ends. The trays are switched for the next in the series every two weeks to slowly move the teeth. Small tooth-colored bumps called attachments affix to the teeth to pinpoint the tray’s pressure points and allow some teeth to move more or less than others.
What can Invisalign treat?
Invisalign treats many common orthodontic problems, such as:
- crooked or misaligned teeth
- overlapping teeth
- overcrowding and undercrowding
- open bite
Invisalign is recommended for teenagers and adults. While Invisalign is suitable for most orthodontic cases, extremely crowded teeth or severe bite problems may need more aggressive treatment.
The Invisalign treatment
To begin treatment, your Philadephia dentist takes 3D molds of your mouth and sends it to Invisalign’s dental laboratory. There, a lab technician creates a video which shows the exact route that the teeth take on the way to their final positions. Once the video is approved by your dentist and you, work begins on designing and customizing your aligner trays. The lab sends your trays to your dentist, and your treatment begins.
Your Philadelphia dentist recommends you wear your aligner trays at least 22 hours a day. The extra two hours accommodate for time spent eating or brushing your teeth. You may remove the trays for these activities or special occasions like prom or a speaking engagement. However, your results depend directly on your commitment to wearing your aligners. Be sure to always remember to put your trays back on.
For more information about Invisalign in the Philadelphia, PA area, please contact Dr. Steve Gilbert & Dr. Carlos Velez at Gilbert Dental Care. Call (215) 972-0406 to schedule your appointment today!