Invisalign clear aligner system has significantly changed the way people think (and feel) about orthodontic treatment. With Invisalign, treatment is faster compared to traditional braces in most cases, and the clear aligners are virtually impossible to detect while you’re wearing them. But as important as those considerations are, they’re not the only benefits the Invisalign system offers. At our Peoria, AZ, orthodontist practice, we offer state-of-the-art Invisalign aligners for both teens and adults, because we believe everyone deserves to have a more beautiful, more confident smile. If you’re wondering if Peoria Invisalign is a good choice for you (or for your child), here’s what you should know about this innovative treatment.
How does Peoria Invisalign work?
Both traditional braces and Invisalign “invisible braces” can help straighten teeth and correct an array of spacing and alignment problems — but they use different methods to achieve those goals. While braces use brackets and wires to move teeth into their new positions, Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners. Each aligner is custom-crafted to fit your teeth, which means they’re more comfortable than traditional braces — and they also tend to work faster.
With Peoria Invisalign, every aligner has a slightly different shape. Those shapes correspond to the sequence of movements your teeth need to make over time to come into alignment. As you switch out one set of aligners for the next set in the series, the aligner’s patented material exerts gentle but continual pressure on your teeth, helping them move with less stress and less discomfort, too. And it’s not just the shape of the aligners that varies — the number of aligners you’ll need to wear can vary, too, based on your needs. Depending on the issues you’re having corrected, you might need a dozen sets of aligners or several dozen. Most people need about two dozen sets to get the beautiful results they’re looking for.
What issues can be corrected with Invisalign?
Invisalign invisible braces can correct most alignment and spacing issues, including:
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Uneven spacing issues, including gaps between teeth
- Open bites
- Problems affecting your bite mechanics
Invisalign is designed to effectively treat most spacing and alignment problems, and special “add-on” features make them more effective than ever before. Still, there are some more complex problems that respond better to traditional braces. Once your teeth and bite are evaluated during your appointment, we’ll be able to determine if Invisalign is a good choice or if braces would be a better option for helping you achieve your goals.
If I have Invisalign, what should I expect during my treatment?
Whether you have Invisalign or braces, your treatment will begin the same way — with a complete exam and evaluation of your teeth and your bite mechanics. For Invisalign, the next step will be to take very precise measurements of your teeth and jaws. These measurements will be used to create your aligners.
After your initial appointment, your bite measurements are sent to a lab and “fed” into a computer. The computer uses special software to create a series of 3D images of your mouth. The images show the movements your teeth need to make during your treatment. Each image is then used to create your aligners using Invisalign’s patented SmartTrackTM material. SmartTrack is exclusive to the Invisalign system, and it’s designed to move your teeth more effectively and more comfortably.
Each aligner has a slightly different shape, and you’ll wear each set in a specific sequence to keep your teeth moving in the right directions. During your treatment, you’ll wear each set for about two weeks. Then you’ll swap that set for the next set in the series. You’ll visit us about once every six weeks for a check-up so we can make sure your treatment is on track. Most people complete their Peoria Invisalign treatment in two years or less, but the length of your treatment will be based specifically on your needs and goals.
What are the benefits of Peoria Invisalign aligners?
The most well-known benefit is Invisalign’s clear, almost-invisible design. But Peoria Invisalign offers other benefits compared to braces:
- The aligners are completely smooth, so they’re very comfortable to wear.
- They don’t need to be tightened, which means you won’t have uncomfortable adjustments during your treatment.
- You can eat whatever you like — just remember to always remove your aligners before meals and snacks.
- You also slip your aligners out to brush and floss, so you don’t have to learn a new care routine.
- Treatment tends to be faster with Invisalign.
- You’ll have fewer office visits — usually once every six weeks instead of monthly.
With so many benefits, it’s pretty easy to see why Invisalign is popular with adults as well as teens.
Can I get the same results and benefits from mail-order aligners?
Mail-order aligners might seem like a more convenient option than Invisalign. After all, you don’t need to visit an orthodontist at all during your treatment. But the fact is, having your teeth straightened and your bite realigned is actually a fairly complex process, even if your specific issues seem pretty minor. That’s because having your teeth straightened affects the entire tooth — all the way down to the roots — and your jaw bone, too. As your teeth move, the roots also change position. That means the jaw bone that surrounds them needs to remodel to accommodate those movements and to “re-secure” the tooth once it’s in its proper location. There’s a lot going on below your gums, and the changes that are occurring will have a direct bearing on how your smile looks and how your jaws and bite function — for the rest of your life.
When you opt for a DIY option, you forego the professional care and attention of a skilled, experienced orthodontist. That means if a problem does arise during your treatment, it can go undetected. With mail-order aligners, you leave yourself at risk for serious problems that can have a major negative effect on your oral health. Considering so much is at stake, it just doesn’t make sense to do it on your own. You need the professional care of an orthodontist so you can get the best results and prevent major problems in the future.
Top-ranked Invisalign provider in Arizona
Invisalign clear aligners are popular with patients throughout Arizona, and at our Peoria practice, you’ll get the custom treatment you need for great results — and a lifetime of beautiful smiles. To learn more about Peoria Invisalign and to find out if it’s a good choice for you, call us at 602-864-0004 and book an appointment today.