Besides detracting from your appearance, crooked teeth are harder to keep clean – and that can lead to gum disease. If you want straighter, healthier teeth, but don’t like the thought of metal braces, you might benefit from Invisalign® clear plastic aligners. Whether you are a high-profile professional, have a busy social life, or just want to look your best while your teeth are being straightened, Invisalign is a great option.
This page explains basics about Invisalign, but the only way to be sure that they are right for you is to talk to a dentist in person. Please call (803) 781-9090 or email Smile Columbia Dentistry for an Invisalign consultation at our Columbia, South Carolina location.
Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is a good orthodontic treatment option for adults and teens who are considering straightening their teeth. It can be used to correct:
- Crooked teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Crowded teeth
It is not a good treatment for correcting rotated teeth, problems of bone growth in the upper or lower jaw, or TMJ disorder. It is a better orthodontic treatment than traditional braces for people who are at risk of periodontal disease.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign is an increasingly popular orthodontic option because it offers many cosmetic and health benefits. Invisalign:
- Is nearly invisible
- Is removable for important occasions and pictures
- Has no diet restrictions
- Requires no special cleaning
- Has a comparable treatment time to traditional braces
- Has a quick treatment option (Invisalign Express) for some cases
Because Invisalign is removable for eating and cleaning your teeth, it allows you to keep eating all your favorite foods, including many banned while eating braces, such as pizza, chewing gum, and popcorn. It also means you are less likely to suffer an increase in periodontal disease, which can come along with the challenges of cleaning traditional braces.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign uses the same basic principle that traditional braces use to move your teeth: gentle pressure causes your bones to reshape around your teeth, allowing your teeth to move into their desired position.
However, instead of metal wires and brackets that are glued to your teeth, Invisalign uses clear, durable, BPA-free plastic aligners that gently push your teeth into position.
At your first appointment, we will take a digital image of your teeth. A computer program then designs the proper sequence for moving your teeth into position. This sequence is sent to the manufacturer, who creates your aligners, which takes a few weeks. When they are ready, we will fit your first aligner. You wear each aligner for about two weeks, then switch to a new one. When you reach the last aligner, your teeth will be straight.