When people first learn about Invisalign "invisible" braces, they might think, "What’s the catch? These seem too good to be true." They’re not. Invisalign invisible braces are very effective, with many advantages over traditional wire and bracket braces. Dr. Currie has Invisalign certification, meaning he has completed the extra training necessary to skillfully and knowledgeably treat your crooked teeth with Invisalign braces.
How Invisible Braces Work
An impression is taken of your teeth and sent along with photos and x-rays to the Align Technologies labs. A thorough scanning process produces a detailed, three dimensional computer model of your teeth. Each tooth can be dealt with individually, according to Dr. Currie’s specifications. An aligner is designed to begin moving the teeth into the desired positions.
For the duration of your treatment, you’ll get a new aligner every two weeks or so. When you first wear the aligner, you’ll notice that it is tight, and does not fit your teeth very well. As each treatment phase progresses, the aligner will push the teeth closer to the desired positions, and at the end of the two weeks, the aligner fits fairly loosely. You should notice this pattern repeating with each new aligner your receive.
You’ll have to visit Dr. Currie’s office about every four weeks, so he can monitor the progress of the treatment and make any necessary changes or corrections to the aligners.
Advantages to Invisalign
- They are very popular with teens who play sports, and are much more comfortable for band members who play woodwind or brass instruments.
- They can be removed while you eat, and to brush and floss your teeth.
- Tooth decay is significantly lower than with traditional braces, as there are no brackets to catch and hold food particles against the teeth.
- Treatment times are usually shorter, and in-office visits take less time.
- Invisalign will not work for teeth that are not fully erupted, so younger teens cannot use them.
- They are not as effective in correcting extreme crowding.