Everyone born with naturally misaligned teeth already knows the pain and dread that’s associated with those chunky silver braces. But, what if someone told you there is a better, less painful, non-invasive way of achieving perfect tooth alignment? While your natural instinct will make you a little apprehensive and possibly very confused, there is no reason to feel that way. With the advancements in the field of dental technology, those chunky silver braces have now been replaced with something more aesthetic and easy-to-use, namely Invisalign.
What are ‘Invisalign’ Braces?
Invisalign are custom made, clear teeth that do not require metal and are virtually invisible. In this method, the teeth are moved to the desired position using a series of trays, wherein each tray is shaped slightly differently in order to set the teeth slightly straighter than the previous tray. Patients are advised to wear these braces for at least twenty-two hours every day. Patients are required to wear each tray for about two weeks before moving on to the next tray. By the end of the sequence, the teeth will be in the proper position.
How do Invisalign braces Straighten Teeth and Correct Misalignment Issues?
They do this by placing the correct amount of controlled force on your teeth. Where Invisalign differs is that it can control forces as well as the force application’s timing. Only specific teeth will be able to move during each stage of the process. Your dentist will determine which teeth can move based on your specific treatment plan that you will use with Invisalign.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign?
- The Invisalign aligners are completely clear, thus attracting lesser attention to them, allowing you to maintain your confidence.
- As opposed to traditional braces, Invisalign aligner trays are removable, thus reducing the amount of food and dietary restrictions that are implied with regular braces.
- Since Invisalign braces are completely removable, it is much easier to take care of your gums and teeth, thus ensuring that your oral hygiene will not suffer during your treatment.
- Another great benefit of using the Invisalign system is that it allows you to look at your virtual orthodontic treatment plan and gain a fair understanding of the final results prior to actually using the product.
What do Invisalign aligners look like and what are they made of?
Invisalign aligners are created using a thermoplastic material which was specially developed for Invisalign. In appearance, they are similar to the trays used to whiten teeth. However, they are almost invisible. The aligners are custom made to perfectly fit the wearers teeth, allowing your dentist to carefully maneuver and monitor the movement of your teeth towards its desired position.
Are Invisalign invisible braces available at any standard dental establishment?
No, actually a dentist needs to be specially trained to properly administer treatment using the Invisalign system. There are specialized instructional sessions that the dentist will have undergone before he/she can become an authorized Invisalign provider and treat patients.
If you are looking for a orthodontist in Fresno, CA, Dr. Thurman is certified in administering alignment procedures using Invisalign clear braces. We also offer regular orthodontic braces, bite correction and a variety of other treatments in Fresno. If you would like to learn more information about these or any of the other services offered by Thurman Ortho, simply call us on + 559-439-0425 and our dental experts will ensure you get the necessary help and guidance right away!
Dr. Brian Thurman has spent his entire life enjoying all the beauty that California has to offer. A Fresno native, he still escapes to the ocean or the mountains whenever his busy schedule allows. Driven by his love for natural beauty, Dr. Thurman enjoys creating beautiful smiles and healthy bites that last a lifetime. He is proud to be the only Ivy League trained Orthodontist in the Fresno/Clovis area.