Are you in search of a straighter smile, but nervous about the bulky metal and discomfort associated with traditional orthodontic treatment?
Invisalign® clear aligners are a popular, safe, and effective alternative to braces that can treat crooked or gapped teeth in just months.
Discover why so many patients at Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Orlando, FL, opt for Invisalign over metal braces...
3 Distinct Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign patients can enjoy a very discreet alternative to traditional braces. Clear aligners are ideal for adults who often speak in public or would simply prefer to maintain a more natural-looking appearance.
While traditional braces can rub or irritate the insides of your cheeks, clear aligners are made with smooth, laser-cut plastic that is gentle on your mouth. Clear aligners are also custom-made to securely snap onto your teeth so you can speak clearly.
Easy Hygiene & Unrestricted Diet
Since aligners are removable, eating all types of food – even small seeds and steak – is comfortable and easy. Brushing and flossing is a breeze, too, since patients will not have to worry about food debris becoming lodged beneath wires and brackets.
Subtly Straighten Your Teeth with Invisalign®
Invisalign is the modern solution to treating misaligned and improperly positioned teeth without sacrificing comfort. This groundbreaking orthodontic system can correct spacing issues between teeth and improve one’s bite (occlusion). Instead of relying on conspicuous oral appliances, such as brackets that are cemented to teeth, Invisalign involves wearing removable appliances made from plastic that snugly conform over teeth like a retainer. Since Invisalign is clear, it is the most discreet way to improve the placement of teeth.
How It Works
Invisalign works like traditional orthodontia but without the need for fixed appliances. Instead, patients wear clear appliances called aligners. Like metal and wire braces, Invisalign relies on the application of consistent pressure to move teeth slowly through the course of treatment. Aligners are custom made to fit tightly over the teeth. The fact that they are form fitting generates gentle force and pressure, which is how all orthodontic methods shift teeth upright and move them over time.
The treatment process is broken down into phases. Every two weeks marks a different phase because those undergoing treatment will receive a new set of aligners, which will be slightly tighter than the set worn previously. The gradual succession of wearing tighter aligners is the process by which patients will see results. All aligners are personalized to meet the needs of an individual. Dr. Gapuz will use a combination of photographs, X-rays, and impressions (molds) to determine the specifications for each set of aligners and develop a treatment plan with an estimated completion date.
The Importance of Orthodontics
While having a straight smile is certainly beneficial to one’s appearance, orthodontics involves more than just moving teeth for aesthetic purposes. Research has shown that people with straight, properly positioned teeth enjoy lower incidences of developing cavities and gum disease. This is likely because appropriately spaced teeth are easier to keep free of plaque and tartar buildup. Moreover, misaligned teeth can scrape unnecessarily against each other during oral function. This contact between teeth can lead to enamel damage and breakage over time. By having a straighter smile, a person can reduce the risk for untimely tooth wear.