For a teeth-straightening solution that doesn’t require uncomfortable and unattractive metal braces and wires, consider Invisalign. This treatment utilizes a set of clear aligners that are worn continuously over the teeth to gradually shift their position along the gum line.
Invisalign can be used to treat gapped teeth, overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, or overly crowded teeth.
The Invisalign procedure begins with a consultation during which a custom treatment plan is mapped out. This plan shows the expected progress of the teeth and can even give a preview of the final results. The custom aligners, made with a proprietary, multilayer SmartTrack® material, are created according to the treatment plan. The aligners have to be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day for best results and changed out approximately every week. As the aligners are worn, they exert a small amount of pressure on the teeth, gradually shifting them horizontally, vertically, and even rotating them as needed. The average length of an Invisalign treatment is 12 months for adults, though it depends on the severity of the case. Once treatment is complete, a retainer is recommended to keep the teeth in their new positions.