If you’re someone who has wanted to straighten your teeth for a number of years but just couldn’t bring yourself to do it because of the look and inconvenience of braces, it’s perfectly understandable. However, there is a way to straighten those teeth that is discreet. Invisalign® is a treatment that uses clear plastic aligners that gradually push your teeth into the proper position. As the name suggests, they are nearly invisible. Each set of aligners is worn for two weeks and will gently shift the teeth towards the desired position. At that time, a new set will be given to carry on the process. This will continue until the teeth have reached the desired position.
When you schedule a consultation with our specialist, your teeth will be examined. If you are a good candidate for Invisalign®, certain tests may be done such as taking a 3D image of your mouth and teeth using a digital scanner. After this imaging is completed, our specialist will design a custom-designed treatment program and may be able to tell you approximately how long the treatment will take and how the results will look.
Invisalign® has become very popular because of its many benefits over traditional braces. Traditional braces use a system of wires and brackets to move the teeth. Adjustments are made by tightening the wires every few weeks. They could be painful and cause irritation in the mouth with all the rough edges, whereas with Invisalign®, there are no wires or brackets, and nothing is attached to your teeth. The plastic aligners are smooth and comfortable and fit right over your teeth.
Invisalign® may be a good choice for teenagers who play sports because the aligners can be removed for a game and a regular mouth guard worn. Invisalign® is also suitable for adults who regularly see people in their job and would rather not have a mouth full of metal.
It’s never too late to improve your smile with Invisalign®. It may be suitable for mild or moderate issues. It is a convenient way to fix your teeth so you can enjoy the benefits of straight teeth for years to come. Talk to Dr. Latha Subramanian in Mountain View, CA to learn more. Contact our office today to book your appointment!