Crooked teeth may show up most often during childhood, but adults with straight teeth can still develop tooth misalignment later in life. For many adults, the decision to straighten their teeth is often weighed by the prospect of wearing conspicuous, inconvenient braces for up to two years. Fortunately, that prospect is no longer a factor for patients who qualify for Invisalign® clear aligners. Unlike braces, Invisalign® utilizes a series of aligners that fit comfortably and remain virtually invisible throughout the course of your treatment.
How does Invisalign® work?
Clear aligners operate on the same principles of traditional orthodontic braces in that they gradually shift teeth towards straighter, more functional positions. The difference is that, instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign® relies on the custom design of its aligners, which are personalized to guide crooked teeth through a prescribed path of movement. As you change your aligners, each new set will guide your teeth further along that path.
Are they really invisible?
As their name suggests, clear aligners are made from clear, nearly invisible acrylic and remain undetectable when in place, even from up close. Each aligner is also precisely crafted according to precise measurements of your teeth for a comfortable fit that doesn’t force your lips to move around them when you speak.
Can I take the aligners off?
For Invisalign® treatment to succeed, you must wear the aligners for the prescribed amount of time every day. However, you can temporarily remove them before eating to avoid food becoming stuck in the aligners, or before brushing and flossing your teeth to ensure a more effective cleaning.
Learn More About the Benefits of Invisalign® Treatment
If you want to avoid traditional braces, but still need straighter teeth, then find out if Invisalign® clear aligners can help you. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call Woodland Hills Dental Arts in Woodland Hills, CA today at 818-347-5124.