Invisalign is a system which uses clear plastic aligners to accomplish teeth straightening, as opposed to using metal braces for the purpose. Many people dislike wearing metal braces because they face teasing from friends, and because they are quite restrictive. Invisalign does not make use of rubber bands or metal wires, and the aligners can be taken out for meals and other occasions. However, they should be left in place for most of the day - even during sleep - so they can accomplish their task in a prompt fashion.
The best thing about Invisalign aligners is that they are virtually invisible to the naked eye, so no one will really notice you're wearing them. If you're conscientious about leaving them in place, they will accomplish whatever teeth straightening is required in half the time that metal braces would. The process works by having you wear several sets of aligners in succession, with each set moving your teeth in the desired direction a little bit at a time. The end result will be that your teeth have achieved their optimal positioning, and you will not have had to undergo all the discomfort which might have attended a similar process using metal braces.
If you'd like to learn more about Invisalign aligners, contact Dr. Konstantine Trichas, DDS at (732) 314-4218, or fill out the contact from on our website and submit it. Then we can arrange for a consultation, at which time we will determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign braces. If so, we can then proceed to map out a plan for whatever teeth corrections are needed in your mouth, and you can take the first step toward a better smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Invisalign process?
A: When you meet with an Invisalign-trained dentist, he/she will map out a program by which incremental movements can be achieved with your teeth. Each set of movements will be accomplished by a different set of Invisalign aligners, and the end result will have your teeth in the desired position.
Q: Do all dentists offer Invisalign braces?
A: Special training is required of dentists before they can administer the Invisalign process. They must also be prepared to offer Invisalign products to patients, and that calls for an arrangement with the Invisalign company.
Q: What happens during an initial consultation?
A: Quite a few things. First, your dentist will examine your mouth and talk to you about your teeth-straightening goals. Then he/she will tell you how long it will probably take to achieve those goals. The cost of the program will also be discussed, so you are fully aware of what's involved with the complete program.
Q: How long does the process take?
A: The duration of your particular program will depend on several factors. One of the most important factors is how much straightening is actually required in order to achieve a good alignment. Another major factor will be how faithfully you stick to the program, and leave your aligners in place for 22 hours each day.