Invisalign Invisible Braces

invisalign2Invisalign clear tooth aligners are one of the more popular alternatives for those who find the idea of a mouthful of metal braces and brackets too unattractive to commit to. If you are a candidate for Invisalign or other “invisible braces,” you don’t have to sacrifice your smile while straightening your teeth. Invisalign incorporates a series of invisible (clear) plastic aligners that fit comfortably over your teeth and are designed to move your teeth gradually into the desired position.

Key characteristics of Invisalign technology to remember.

  • Invisalign braces are clear aligners that are worn over the teeth.
  • The braces put pressure on the teeth in gradual increments.
  • Invisalign is intended to correct crooked teeth, overbites, and gaps.
  • invisalign_c3Invisalign is a great choice of treatment for someone that requires minor tooth movement. For the more complicated cases, traditional braces are always best. Ask your dentist if you can see the ClinCheck by Invisalign.  It shows a computerized 3D image of your teeth moving aligner by aligner so you will know what to expect after each aligner.  You can see where you started and what you are supposed to look like when you are finished. 

    Invisalign is currently approved for adults and teenagers with completely erupted permanent teeth who can faithfully follow the directions for treatment. A typical Invisalign treatment requires 20 to 30 aligners for both the upper and lower teeth with most adults able to complete their treatment in less than one year. However, the actual treatment time varies and will depend on the specific alignment problem.

    Since teeth are held in the jaw with a periodontal ligament that is very elastic, wearing some type of retainer is generally necessary. With Invisalign the last aligner can be worn as a retainer and it is only necessary to wear it at night when sleeping.

    The cost of Invisalign treatment is comparable to that of traditional braces — ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 (based on the U.S. national average). However, only your dentist can determine the actual cost of treatment because it will be based on your specific needs, including how extensive your dental problems are, how long your treatment will last, etc.

    For more information visit;

         Invisalign from Align Technology

         Invisalign San Jose

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    ~ by cupertinodentist on March 3, 2009.

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