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Invisalign is a system to move and straighten teeth without metal wires and brackets. Invisalign uses clear plastic devices called aligners to move the teeth instead of brackets and wires. This system has been used for nearly 20 years and is a proven method for safely and effectively moving teeth.
Aligners snap over your teeth and each one is slightly different in shape. You wear each aligner for 1-2 weeks before discarding it and wearing the next aligner in the sequence. As you go through the sequence of aligners, they move the teeth into their ideal positions.
Advantages of Invisalign
-There are no dietary restrictions --you can continue to eat the foods you love during treatment.
-You take the aligners out when you eat, so you don’t get food caught everywhere.
-Keeping your teeth clean is easy--you can follow your normal brushing, flossing, and home care routine.
If your teeth have spaces between them or are crooked, crowded, or overlapping and you would like straight teeth and a beautiful smile, Invisalign may be an ideal treatment for you.
Benefits of Invisalign
Did you have orthodontics as a kid and over the years your teeth have started to look crooked or crowded again? Invisalign is a great way to give you back the ideal smile you had when you got your braces off--without the inconvenience and pain of more brackets and wires.
Learn More About Invisalign
If you are interested in Invisalign treatment, schedule an exam and Dr. Gray will look at your teeth and discuss whether Invisalign could help you achieve your goal of a beautiful smile.
If your teeth have minor crowding or rotations, Invisalign can straighten them very quickly. Dr. Gray can give you a precise time-line for your treatment after he submits impressions and photographs to Invisalign and designs the tooth movement.
There are four ways you can have problems with your teeth and straightening teeth reduces the risk of each of these problems.
Benefits of Teeth Straightening
-Esthetics, or the appearance of the teeth. Straight teeth typically look more beautiful than crooked teeth.
-Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and bone loss (periodontitis) around the teeth can undermine the support of the teeth. When teeth are straight the gums are far easier to clean, both at home and at the dental office. Effective cleaning helps prevent and control inflammation and bone loss.
-Excessive forces and forces in the wrong directions can cause teeth to loosen, develop abfraction damage (notches along the gum line), and chip, break, or fracture. Teeth that are properly aligned and function correctly with the opposing teeth are at lower risk of being subjected to these damaging forces.
-Cavities destroy tooth structure. Straight teeth are less likely to trap food and are easier to clean, which helps prevent cavities.