Invisalign Invisible Braces

Invisible braces

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign is the most popular alternative to traditional wire and bracket braces to fix crooked teeth.

Invisalign (often misspelled as Invisaline) is a series of custom invisible (clear) plastic aligners that fit comfortably over your teeth. These ‘invisible braces’ are custom designed by a dentist for the patient based on a whole constellation of measurements and specialized software.  When these aligners are used over time, the patient’s teeth are gradually moved into the desired position.

What the benefits of Invisalign? First and foremost, having straight teeth provides a boost to attractiveness.  Invisalign also has several benefits over teeth braces. Invisalign aligners are much more ethistically pleasing than traditional braces because Invisalign is difficult to see - Invisalign aligners are less than one millimeter thick. Only Invisalign braces allow you remove everything from your mouth when you wish and allow you to brush and floss normally. If you have a nice dinner or an important event or meeting to attend, you can simply leave your aligners at home for the day.  

Importantly, Invisalign realignment also brings substantive dental health benefits. Invisalign can correct any kind of problems with spacing, crowning or occlusion (position of teeth when bite is closed). This means Invisalign can fix bite problems. Because larger spacing and gapping due to poor orientation of the teeth can greatly contribute to the amount of plaque buildup, alignment also affects oral health.  Similarly, Invisalign can properly orient teeth that are all jammed together, which are more difficult for patients to clean at home and thus accumulate greater amounts of plaque.

The metal and wires of traditional braces also tend to be uncomfortable, irritate your mouth and tongue and can become disconnected requiring emergency trips to the dentist.  Installing metal braces in your mouth also means there are a variety of foods (think anything sticky like gummy bears) that tend to get stuck in the small metal parts of metal braces and thus will likely have to be avoided.  

What is the process for invisalign?  Dr. Stacey will take digital x-rays, impressions and photographs from which Invisalign will create a 3-D model of your teeth. Using cutting-edge software, Dr. Stacey will map out a sequence of steps in which your teeth will gradually be adjusted.  The software will generate the precise position changes in your teeth, the length of time until proper alignment and the number of aligners required.  The software will also allow show you how your teeth will move on the screen.

Based on Dr. Stacey’s treatment plan, Invisalign will manufacture a set of custom-designed aligners. Because these are custom, they will be comfortable and smooth and wont hurt like traditional braces.  Once you receive the aligners, you will change them out once every two weeks, and have periodic checkups with Dr. Stacey to monitor your progress.

Even if you want to make further changes after treatment is finished, “refinement” aligners can be custom created, at no additional cost, to get you to where you want to be.

Invisalign® has awarded Dr. Stacey as a Preferred Provider in Fountain Hills AZ.  Call us today to find out if you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign®!