It used to be that, when you thought of teeth straightening methods, you would think of a mouth full of metal wires and brackets. Today, there is another solution available with Invisalign near you, which can be used to treat underbite, overbite, open bite, cross bite, gapped teeth, or crowded teeth. This system uses a set of clear aligners worn in a specific order. Each aligner, which is custom-made, slightly changes the position of the teeth so that they are gradually straightened into a beautiful smile. The aligners offer the advantages of being removable and nearly invisible when worn.
An initial consultation will be needed to map out the treatment. Your dentist in Highland Village, TX will assess the current position of the teeth and the intended goal of where you want them to be and create a plan for their movement. This plan can provide a preview of the movement as well as the projected results. Impressions will then be made of the teeth, which will be used with the treatment plan to create the custom aligners.
The aligners themselves are made with a proprietary, multilayer material called SmartTrack® and are so inconspicuous that people speaking directly to you may not notice them when they are being worn.
For the Invisalign treatment to be effective, the aligners must be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day. A new aligner will be changed out (according to the treatment plan) almost every week. Each aligner exerts a small, specific amount of pressure on the teeth to gently shift them along the gum line. Teeth can be moved horizontally, vertically, or even be rotated if needed.
Because they are removable, the aligners can be taken out to brush and floss the teeth. The aligners themselves must also be cleaned properly (by being gently brushed and rinsed with water) to prevent any decay from forming on the teeth, caused by leftover food from either the teeth or the aligner.
An Invisalign treatment takes 12 months on average for adults. The length of treatment depends on the severity of the bite issues. At the end of the treatment, a retainer will be recommended to prevent the teeth from moving back to their original positions.