The concept of invisible braces has been around since the 1940s. However, it's only been within the past decade that they have soared in popularity. You've probably heard of this new type of dental braces, but you might not know how they work. Really, the concept and overall process is simple.
If you've been reluctant to get dental braces, you'll find that invisible braces will eliminate all your worries. You will receive the same great result, permanently straightened teeth, without all the hassle of standard dental braces!
Invisible braces, also known as Invisalign. are basically a plastic tray, referred to as an aligner. You can think of them as being similar to mouth guards used by athletes or night guards used by individuals who clench their teeth, but they are much, much slimmer. They have also been compared to over-the-counter teeth whitening trays.
These plastic aligners, however, are custom made to fit your teeth and are less than a millimeter thick. In place of the brackets and wires used in traditional dental braces, the plastic tray exerts the necessary force to permanently moves your teeth.
Invisible braces are a series of trays. The straightening process is gradual, taking place in predictable increments. After your current aligner has moved your teeth a given amount, you'll be fitted for a new aligner. Each aligner moves you closer to the finished product—your beautiful new smile!
Unlike metal dental braces, there is no painful tightening of screws. Progress is achieved by simply swapping out one aligner for another.
As mentioned above, invisible braces are made from plastic. The plastic is extremely durable, made from medical grade materials. Most dental braces are made from metal, which has sharp edges and are difficult to clean. With this new technology, we can correct your smile with material that's comfortable and practically invisible.
Each aligner is made specifically for you. That is, the trays aren't a "one size fits all" product. Through x-rays, impressions, and 3-D computer imaging, we will be able to custom create trays that perfectly fit your teeth. Each step in the process is mapped out, allowing you to see the end result on a computer screen and decide in advance whether you're happy with it. If not, we will work together to adjust the plan to your specifications. That's an exciting benefit that traditional dental braces don't offer.