CLEAR ALIGNER THERAPY
At The Hamptons Dentist, Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment option that uses a set of customized, clear aligners to gently move your teeth into a straighter position. The aligners are removable, which makes Invisalign a convenient option for busy schedules or those who simply don’t want to deal with the hassle of braces.
Invisalign vs Braces
Invisalign braces are invisible, which helps patients feel more confident throughout their orthodontic treatment. While braces use metal brackets and wires to correct alignment issues, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners. Invisalign patients wear their aligners for about two weeks at a time before switching to a new aligner. The aligners are custom-fitted to each patient’s teeth, which means they are more comfortable than traditional braces.
How Is Invisalign Treatment Performed?
Invisalign treatment involves a series of clear aligners that are designed to straighten the teeth over time. Each aligner is worn for two weeks at a time, and patients will switch aligners once every two weeks. Invisalign aligners are removable, so patients can take out their aligners to eat, drink, brush their teeth, and floss. Invisalign aligners are custom-crafted for every patient, which helps ensure that they fit comfortably and securely.
Can Invisalign Correct My Bite?
Yes. Invisalign can correct your bite, and Invisalign patients often report experiencing relief from TMJ symptoms. TMJ disorders, such as teeth grinding (bruxism) and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, can cause several painful symptoms and can interfere with daily life. Invisalign can treat TMJ issues in several ways. First, the aligners are not fixed in place, so patients do not grind their teeth on the plastic. Additionally, the aligners are smooth and comfortable, so patients don’t experience the discomfort of a traditional dental device. Lastly, the aligners are removable. Patients can remove the aligners when experiencing discomfort, so they do not experience as much pain.
How Long Does Invisalign Take To Work?
Invisalign works the same way traditional braces do to move teeth into position. Instead of brackets and wires, teeth are gently shifted into place through the use of custom-made clear aligners. Invisalign aligners are worn for a minimum of 22 hours every day and only removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. Every two weeks, patients will receive a new aligner that has been custom-made to fit their current teeth.
How Long Will My Invisalign Treatment Last?
The length of time that Invisalign treatment takes to complete will depend on the severity of the issue being treated. In most cases, patients will wear Invisalign aligners for less than a year.
The Benefits of Invisalign
The benefits of Invisalign are numerous. These aligners are removable, which means that patients can be more compliant with their treatment. They can also be taken out for eating, and individuals can brush and floss their teeth as usual. Patients don’t have to worry about irritating metal brackets or wires, and Invisalign uses clear aligners made from medical-grade plastic.