Traditionally, when you were faced with misaligned teeth, braces were the go-to solution. However, traditional braces are extremely noticeable, with their metal brackets and wires. This visibility can sometimes be as detrimental as your crooked teeth, impacting confidence, particularly for older teens and adults. There is also the common stigma that braces are for younger teens, which often deters adults from seeking treatment. For those who don't want to go the traditional braces route, National Dental Douglaston offers Invisalign®.
Invisible AlignersInvisalign® is a type of clear aligner, designed to straighten crooked teeth. The aligner is made of clear, rigid plastic. The aligners are created from 3-dimensional images that we take of your mouth. Aligners are a unique treatment option for straightening your teeth. Unlike braces, Invisalign® aligners are removable. They should be worn between 20 and 22 hours every day, only being removed to eat or brush your teeth.
How Invisalign® WorksInvisalign® involves several sets of aligners. Each new set of aligners is slightly different from the set before it, and they all work together to move your teeth into proper alignment. Each set of aligners is meant to be worn for two weeks at a time before you move on to the next set. With each new set of aligners, your teeth are gradually shifted. This is accomplished by the rigid plastic putting pressure on your teeth. The teeth then put pressure on the periodontal ligament, which is the supporting structure that holds your teeth securely in place. This loosens the ligament enough for your teeth to become mobile. Your teeth are then held in place until it is time to move on to the next set of aligners.
Treatment time with Invisalign® varies based on your specific needs. Most patients achieve their desired results in less than a year. Some others need treatment for close to two years. Over the course of your treatment, you will go through anywhere from 18 to 30 different sets of aligners.
Invisalign® BenefitsThere are so many benefits associated with Invisalign®:
Invisalign® helps you to get the straight teeth you have always wanted while avoiding the typical "metal-mouth" that comes with traditional braces. For more information on Invisalign®, and to find out if it's right for you, contact National Dental Douglaston today at (718) 557-9882!