One of the primary concerns people often have about dental braces is the aesthetic impact of the metalwork on their smile. Especially for adults, the prospect of wearing unattractive metal braces for extended periods of time can be very discouraging. In addition, metal braces make brushing and flossing very difficult, if not impossible. Invisalign® offers an almost invisible aligning system that straightens teeth fast and contains no metal. A significant number of patients report complete satisfaction with both the Invisalign® treatment and the stunning results.
Invisalign® can correct these problems:
Overcrowding – Too little space for the teeth to align normally. Overcrowding can cause tooth decay and increase the likelihood of gum disease.
Large gaps between teeth – Sometimes occur because teeth are missing or because of a discrepancy between the size of the jaw and the teeth.
Crossbite – Occurs when one or multiple upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth. Uneven wear can lead to tooth and bone erosion and gum disease.
Overbite – Occurs when the upper teeth project further than, or completely cover, the lower teeth.
Underbite – This is the inverse of the overbite; the lower teeth project further than, or completely cover, the upper teeth.
Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of custom-made aligning trays. Three-dimensional digital images are taken of the entire jaw which allows Dr. Klonsky to move specific teeth on the screen, view the jaw from different angles, and also foresee what the face might look like in years to come. He will devise an initial treatment plan before creating the special aligning trays which need to be changed every one or two weeks to create the new tooth configuration.
Invisalign® differs from traditional braces in that the aligning trays are almost invisible to the naked eye and can be removed at will. Although the patient must exercise more discipline and commitment, this is not usually a problem since the trays are comfortable.
Life with Invisalign® aligning trays. It may take a few days to adjust. The trays should regularly be worn 24/7, except when eating, drinking, and cleaning the teeth. It is important to remove the trays when consuming food or drink because food can become trapped between the tray and the teeth, causing tooth decay. This may also discolor the trays, so they are no longer "invisible."