Invisalign is an exciting orthodontic option for straightening your smile. Invisalign differs from other methods because it relies on removable custom aligner trays to move and straighten teeth. Invisalign can be used to straighten crooked teeth, close small gaps between them, and even correct minor bite alignment issues. Dr. Rosemarie Márquez, the skilled dentist at St. Pete Oral Health Center in St. Petersburg, can determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a teeth-straightening system that utilizes removable custom clear aligners instead of brackets, bands, and wires to move the teeth. The aligners are custom made for the best possible fit. One aligner tray fits over the top row of teeth and the other over the bottom. For most patients, it takes around 12 months to straighten their smile with Invisalign. The experienced dentist at our office in St. Petersburg can help you decide if Invisalign is the right option for you.
How does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign moves the teeth like traditional braces. The aligner trays exert gentle force on the teeth to nudge them in the desired direction. A specialized software program is utilized to design a system of custom aligner trays for each patient. A set of aligners is worn for just a few weeks before being replaced with the next set in the system. Each replacement set moves the teeth closer to the final desired position. For the best results, aligners should be worn for at least 20 hours per day, only being removed to eat or to brush and floss.
Is Invisalign for teens or adults?
Both teens and adults can benefit from Invisalign. Originally, the aligner trays were best suited for straightening adult smiles, but new modifications now make Invisalign just as effective for teens. Invisalign Teen includes special eruption tabs that maintain space for molars that might not have come in yet. The teen version of Invisalign also includes compliance indicators that reveal whether or not your teen is wearing the aligner trays for the minimum amount of time each day.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign has several benefits for teen and adult patients. One benefit especially appreciated by patients is that Invisalign is discreet. The aligner trays are clear so they are almost invisible. Another benefit is that the aligners are removable, which means you can eat a wide range of foods since the trays can be temporarily taken out when eating. The ability to remove the aligners also makes brushing and flossing the teeth easier so you maintain better oral hygiene. Finally, Invisalign’s aligners are made from a soft, flexible plastic material that is comfortable to wear.
Invisalign is an effective option for transforming your smile by straightening crooked teeth or closing small gaps between them. To find out if Invisalign could work for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Márquez, our knowledgeable dentist, by calling St. Pete Oral Health Center in St. Petersburg at (727) 345-1774.