Bel Air Dental Care is proud to offer Invisalign clear aligners, providing patients with an alternative to traditional metal braces when orthodontic treatment (tooth movement and/or bite correction) is needed.
What is Invisalign? What is the difference between traditional braces and Invisalign?
Invisalign clear aligners, made of an almost invisible polyurethane plastic, are an esthetic and removable alternative to traditional bonded metal braces and are very popular, especially among adult patients. While traditional braces are cemented or bonded to the teeth, a major benefit of Invisalign is that the aligners can be removed daily for brushing and flossing, for eating, and for important social occasions. Clear aligner technology has been constantly improving over the years and today, clear aligners can correct many malocclusions (misaligned teeth and/or bite issues) that once would have been too complicated for this form of treatment. However, there are still some situations in which traditional braces may be the best option. The suitability of Invisalign for your situation will be discussed at your no-charge Invisalign consultation at our office in Fallston.
Advantages of Invisalign
Some of the important advantages of Invisalign clear aligners include:
- A Discreet Look — If you are interested in orthodontic treatment but do not want the look of metal braces, a removable and nearly invisible form of orthodontic treatment may better suit you
- Improved Oral Hygiene — With removable aligners, brushing and flossing to keep your teeth and gums healthy will be much easier than with bonded metal braces and wires
- More Dietary Choices — Clear aligners are removed prior to eating, so there are no dietary restrictions. With traditional braces, some dietary modifications are necessary to avoid damaging the brackets and wires
- Greater Comfort — Invisalign’s thin, flexible material will not irritate the gums, cheeks and lips, which can often happen with traditional braces
- Protection Against Teeth Wear due to Grinding — If you have a teeth-grinding or clenching habit, clear aligners will also serve as thin night guards that will protect your teeth from excessive wear
How Does Invisalign Work?
Both Invisalign clear aligners and traditional metal braces work by applying carefully controlled forces to teeth to move them into the desired position. With Invisalign, a specialized digital scanner and advanced computer software is used to design a plan to move your teeth into the best possible alignment. This tooth movement will be broken down into stages; depending on how much tooth movement is desired, the number of stages can vary greatly from only five to ten stages to several dozen stages. A set of clear aligners (one aligner that fits over your upper teeth and one that fits over your lower teeth) is then manufactured for each stage. Beginning with stage one, you will wear each set of aligners for one to two weeks, and will keep progressing to the next set of aligners to gradually move the teeth into correct alignment. The aligners should be worn at all times other than when eating or drinking (or for a minimum of 20 hours per day). You will periodically come in for checkup appointments so that the doctor can monitor the movement to ensure the teeth are moving as planned.