Braces work with metal or ceramic brackets that are glued individually to the teeth. The brackets are connected to an archwire with elastic O-rings, putting pressure on the teeth and jawline to move them into the desired position. The archwire is adjusted periodically as needed.
Invisalign and other clear aligners, on the other hand, uses a series of custom-made clear aligners to adjust crooked teeth using gentle, consistent force to reposition them. The Invisalign clear aligners are very precise, allowing for predictable, controlled movement of the teeth, as well as faster treatment.
You will begin with a consultation with your aligner-trained dental professional who will evaluate your smile and oral health, allowing them to map out a custom treatment plan. Once this is done, your aligners will be created.
The clear aligners will be worn for about 20 to 22 hours each day, removed for eating and certain other activities. Each set of clear aligners will be changed after one or two weeks, according to your treatment plan.
Once we decide to move forward with the Invisalign process, our team will show you a digitized version of your perfect smile so you know what to expect. We will then capture a 3D image of your teeth to develop your custom aligners. The aligners will then be trimmed and checked for quality. Once we begin the process, you will wear each retainer for about two weeks. Minimal appointments will be required, as we send multiple retainers with you at once. You will be able to track the improvement of your smile with each step!