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.