Replacing Braces with Invisalign® Aligners
For patients who exhibit malocclusion, or tooth misalignment, the thought of braces can generate mixed feelings. For instance, joy at the prospect of a straighter smile can be mixed with apprehension about wearing metal braces as an adult. Fortunately, in many cases, you can achieve the straighter smile you need without the inconvenience of brackets and wires using the Invisalign® system of clear aligners.
How Invisalign® Works
To straighten teeth, the science of orthodontics relies on a gentle, but continuous, application of pressure to gradually realign the teeth that are crooked. To achieve that pressure, conventional braces rely on brackets bonded to your teeth, with arch wires threaded through them so your orthodontist can periodically tighten them. By contrast, Invisalign® consists of a series of aligners worn for a couple of weeks at a time, which move your teeth closer and closer to their final positions.
The Benefits of Clear Aligners
Made from comfortable, virtually invisible plastic, Invisalign’s aligners are designed to remain discreet while in place. Throughout your treatment, you can remain confident that your aligners are discreet and unnoticeable.
Your aligners will also be removable, which offers a variety of benefits, including;
- Easier hygiene, as you can more effectively brush and floss your teeth
- A broader variety of available foods, without worrying about debris sticking between your braces
- Significantly reduced risk of discolored or damaged teeth from the bonded brackets
- Fewer routine visits during treatment, since you can change the aligners at home
Am I a Candidate for Invisalign® Clear Aligners?
Invisalign® is an effective alternative to braces for many older teens and adults with fully formed permanent teeth and jawbones. However, children with still developing oral structures who require orthodontic correction, or adults with severe cases of malocclusion, may still need to wear traditional metal braces.
Ask Dr. Carter if Invisalign® Is Right for You
Find out if Invisalign® can help you avoid traditional braces by scheduling a visit with Dr. Carter today. Call Elm Creek Dental in Maple Grove, MN, at (763) 416-0606. We proudly serve the residents of Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Rogers, Elk River, Osseo, Otsego, Plymouth, Wayzata, and all surrounding communities.