By Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry
December 09, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

While many people are familiar with the clear alternative to braces, Invisalign, they may not know exactly how it works or if the treatment is right for them. Standard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford, MI can help you put together the pieces.

How does Invisalign straighten teeth? Invisalign
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligner trays worn in succession, which move the teeth on a predetermined path planned out by your dentist. The teeth are moved slowly by each aligner tray by using steady pressure on the teeth to be moved. The trays are replaced about every two weeks.

The trays are completely removable, so being active, eating, brushing your teeth and anything else that may be affected by traditional braces is just as easy as it was before braces with Invisalign. However, since the trays are removable, your results will depend on your commitment to wearing them. The trays should be worn at all times, except while eating or brushing.

Am I a candidate for Invisalign? 
Most people are able to receive Invisalign treatment. People with the following conditions could benefit from Invisalign:

  • overbite
  • underbite
  • cross bite
  • crowded teeth
  • gapping

Invisalign works best on adults and teenagers, but children may not benefit from Invisalign since their teeth are still growing.

How is Invisalign different than traditional braces? 
Since Invisalign is clear, there are no messy wires or brackets to worry about. Since Invisalign uses trays instead of metal hardware, there is no need to use special flossers to clean between and underneath the wires. Traditional braces also require you to avoid certain foods, such as popcorn, apples, chewing gum or other sticky foods. With Invisalign, you can simply remove your aligner tray and enjoy all your favorite foods.

If you are interested in Invisalign, please contact Standard & Sturt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford, MI for a consultation. Call (248) 673-7300 to schedule your appointment today!

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