Invisalign® Q & A
What Is the Difference Between Invisalign® and Traditional Braces?
A number of options are available for straightening teeth, and several companies make clear aligners. However, no procedure offers the same level of comfort or confidence as Invisalign®, which are virtually invisible braces.
With Invisalign®, patients avoid the cheek and gum irritation that often comes with the sharp metal of other types of braces. And, since follow-up office visits are only every four to six weeks, the patient spends less time at the dentist’s office. As an added bonus, Invisalign® braces can be removed whenever needed, for a meal or to brush and floss teeth.
A great advantage for teenagers is that Invisalign® comes with a replacement guarantee for up to six aligners if they should be lost or damaged.
Since children’s mouths are still growing and developing, a doctor may not think Invisalign® is right for a child. However, for teens and adults, they are often the very best choice possible.
What Process Is Involved for Invisalign®?
Step One - Consultation: Dr. Karas has the Invisalign® training and experience that enable him to evaluate each patient’s particular needs to determine how he can help them.
Step Two - Customized Treatment Plan: X-rays, impressions, and pictures are sent to Invisalign® so that a digital 3-D image of the patient’s teeth can be created. Dr. Karas and his staff use that image to show them how their teeth will move throughout each stage of treatment. For an adult, the alignment process takes about a year; in teens, the process takes about the same time as braces.
Step Three - Receive Custom Aligners: A series of custom-made, clear aligners are created specifically for the patient. These aligners are made of a comfortable, BPA-free plastic that will not irritate cheeks and gums.
Step Four - Use Aligners: Teeth begin to gradually shift into place as each set of aligners is used. The length of treatment time depends on how much the teeth need to be rotated or moved. Treatment generally takes between 10 and 24 months.