There are very few adults or older teens who would embrace the idea of braces happily. The unsightly wires and brackets are uncomfortable and unappealing, and yet many believe it to be their only option where orthodontics or cosmetic dentistry is concerned. Corbet Locke, DDS in Waco, TX has a better option – Invisalign. This innovative system uses clear aligners (trays that slide over the teeth) and we offer up these Invisalign FAQs to explain it further.
What Is Invisalign?
Let’s begin with a simple statement of fact – Invisalign is not the same as clear braces. There are no wires or brackets glued to the teeth. Instead, as we just said above, the system uses clear aligners that fit firmly over the teeth. They are designed specifically for the individual using high tech computer systems.
How Does It Work?
As your preferred dentist in Waco, we would meet with you in the office to consult about the matter. If you are deemed a good candidate, we take images and molds that go to a lab. There, an Invisalign specialist maps out a series of the aligners for you. You wear the sets for two to three weeks at a time and then move on to the next in the series. Slowly, painlessly, and invisibly, they correct your bite.
Is It as Effective as Braces?
This is one of the most common of all Invisalign FAQs, and the simplest answer is yes. They can address most of the same issues, and work as fast (and in some cases) faster than wire braces.
Do They Hurt?
This is another of the key Invisalign FAQs, and the answer is simple. How can they? They have no sharp edges, nothing to snag the soft tissue inside of the mouth or cause irritation. Like any orthodontics, they can cause tenderness in the gums as they move the teeth, but this is not truly painful.
Can You Eat With Them?
No, the Invisalign system requires you to wear the aligners for 22 hours per day. You take them out to eat and drink and to do your oral hygiene routine. They let you speak and look normal and natural, but you cannot eat with them. They do need a nightly cleaning too.
Talk to our Dentist About Invisalign Today
Have these Invisalign FAQs left you eager for more? If so, give us a call at our Waco, TX office at 254-776-4888. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.