For those that do not want traditional metal braces, the Invisalign system is a great option. It involves a series of clear teeth aligners that slowly shift the teeth until they reach the ideal position. So if you are considering getting this orthodontic treatment or just want to learn more, here is a guide to how invisalign invisible braces straighten teeth.
1. A Model is Created
The first step to getting Invisalign braces is to have your dentist make impressions of your teeth. These are put through a CT scan to create a 3D model of your mouth. Your dentist will also take x-rays and photographs of your teeth.
2. Final Position is Prescribed
Your doctor sends in all of the models and photographs to Invisalign. The teeth are individualized and placed into a final position. Their computer software then simulates how the teeth would move from their current position to the final position through several stages. These stages and final position are then sent to your orthodontist to review and approve.
3. Aligners are Created
Once approved by your orthodontist, the aligners are created from a plastic resin. One aligner is created for each stage of adjustment. These are then shipped directly to your orthodontist’s office.
4. Attachments are Added
Sometimes, your orthodontist may need to add attachments to your teeth to ensure that they move or rotate properly. These attachments are made of a composite and are the same color as your teeth.
5. Aligners are Worn
Now you are ready to wear your invisible braces. Each set of aligners is typically worn for about two weeks. The retainers are removable and must be taken out each time you eat or brush your teeth. They should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day, however. The average treatment time to reach your perfect smile with Invisalign invisible braces is one year. This will vary according to the complexity of the treatment, however.
Call Bolivar Family Dental at (417) 777-8654 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Gonzales. Dr. Paul would be proud to give you the smile of your dreams.