How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign is a series of clear plastic aligner trays used to straighten your teeth. Dr. Frances Golly will first take an impression of your teeth to send to our certified lab, where your trays will be manufactured. Once ready, our team will attach fasteners, or “buttons” to your teeth that will allow you to snap the trays into place.
Invisalign works by moving teeth slowly over time until they are straight. Patients change their trays about every two weeks once their teeth have moved to the desired position.
Why Invisalign Is Better
Our patients love that Invisalign trays are easily removable and can be taken out for special events, like school picture day. Plus, you can take the trays out to eat, so there’s no limitations on foods you can enjoy! Traditional metal braces mean foods like corn on the cob, nuts, and popcorn are off-limits, but with Invisalign there’s no restrictions.
Invisalign is so inconspicuous, its likely no one will even know you are wearing them. In contrast, metal braces are difficult to hide and can often make wearers feel self-conscious. Since they have to be worn for years, the burden of metal braces is one many people dread. Those worries aren’t a concern with Invisalign.
Because Invisalign is made of smooth plastic, it is much more comfortable to wear the aligners than it is to wear metal braces. Metal braces take up space in the mouth and can often cause mouth ulcers, which is why orthodontists routinely give patients dental wax to cover the uncomfortable parts of braces.
What Problems Does Invisalign Fix?
Invisalign can be used to straighten crooked teeth, bringing them back into alignment. It can also eliminate gaps between teeth by drawing them closer together. Often, Invisalign can be used to repair overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
Because Invisalign is a legitimate orthodontic treatment, it is covered in part by most dental insurance plans. While years ago braces were considered purely cosmetic, insurance companies now recognize that crooked teeth can affect bite, speech and nutrition.
If you are interested in learning more about whether you or your child is a good candidate for Invisalign, contact All About Smiles Family Dentistry in McMinnville, Oregon today! The sooner you get started, the sooner you will have the beautiful smile you have always wanted.