Invisalign is the clear plastic aligner system used for straightening teeth. A series of aligners are created based on an impression of your teeth and are designed to gradually shift your teeth into place. Every two weeks, you change to a new set of aligners, which continues the process until your teeth are successfully shifted.
Invisalign aligners are custom made to fit your specific mouth structure, so you don’t have to worry about them moving around or falling off. Also, they’re durable and can be worn over your teeth or under them, depending on your preferences.
Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can take them out when eating, drinking, or brushing and flossing your teeth.
Misaligned teeth can occur for a number of reasons. Sometimes misalignment occurs because a person’s teeth didn’t develop properly. In other cases, teeth become misaligned because of daily habits like chewing on pens or biting fingernails. Other common causes of misalignment include:
- Misalignment of the jaw, or bad bite
- Improper tooth alignment
- Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism
Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners are custom-crafted to fit the exact measurements of your dental ridges. They are removable, so you’ll have the flexibility to remove your aligners during meal times and special occasions.
Aligners gradually shift crooked teeth into the correct position. The aligners are worn 22 hours each day, so you’ll hardly notice them when you’re wearing them. The aligners are smooth and comfortable, so they won’t irritate your cheeks or gums.
Invisalign aligners are also less visible than traditional metal braces. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign aligners are smooth and clear, so they’re less noticeable than metal brackets and wires.
During your first appointment, we will take digital x-rays of your teeth and perform a dental examination. This will help us to determine your candidacy for Invisalign. We will also take impressions of your teeth to send to the Invisalign laboratory. At your next appointment, we will place attachments on your teeth and fit you with your first set of aligners.
Dr. Lisa Baker and her caring team want their Bloomington area patients to enjoy beautiful, healthy smiles. For more information on Invisalign, call us for a consultation at (812) 269-8230.