Invisalign Clear Aligners
Clear aligners have become an attractive option for people who want straight teeth but do not want to live with the look of metal braces for one to two years. Clear aligners such as Invisalign provide the teeth-straightening benefit of traditional metal braces but slide invisibly over the patients natural teeth. While clear aligners are not for every orthodontic case, adults and many teens are choosing invisible braces over more traditional metal types.
Invisalign Clear Aligners, as the name suggests, are a series of clear, removable aligners that are custom-fit to your teeth and can provide excellent results with minimal discomfort or irritation.
Clear aligners are virtually invisible, resistant to clouding from wear and minimally invasive. Clear aligners don’t have brackets or wires which can break or poke you in the mouth. And, they can be taken out for drinking, eating and for brushing and flossing.
How Invisalign works
A clear aligner works by moving teeth a short distance with each aligner being worn for 1-2 weeks each. The total number of aligners needed depends on the amount of tooth movement required and this will determine how long the treatment takes. Some easier treatments can be completed in 3 to 6 months while more complex cases might take 24 months or more to achieve an excellent result. We will normally give you several sets of aligners at a time so your appointments in our office will be spaced apart by around 8 weeks.
The advantages of clear aligners
There are several obvious advantages of clear aligners. Clear aligners are made of a specialized plastic material and are transparent so the person’s natural teeth show through. In most cases they are either not noticeable or only barely noticeable.
Another advantage to clear aligners is that they are removable. In other words, they can be completely taken out during meals and for teeth cleaning. Unlike metal braces which are fixed dental appliances, these removable appliances make oral hygiene much easier and in many cases more effective. When being discreet is important, as it is to most wearers of clear aligners, they can be removed before an important meeting or presentation.
Our expertise with Invisalign
One of the specific areas of interest and expertise Dr. Karras brings to our practice is in the use of Invisalign aligners to create beautiful smiles. During the nearly twenty years Dr. Karras has been using Invisalign to do orthodontic treatment he has not only gained valuable experience and insight into using aligners to move teeth predictably and effectively, but the Invisalign product itself has also dramatically improved. This means that today we are able to treat most orthodontic problems using Invisalign, even in cases where the treatment is fairly complex.
Whereas in the past the cost of Invisalign often made this option more expensive relative to braces, today we are able to provide our patients with treatment using braces or Invisalign for nearly the same cost. With a digital scanner in our office, impressions of your teeth are no longer necessary.
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