Up until several years ago, traditional orthodontics was the only way to achieve a straight smile. Unfortunately, not all individuals are eligible for traditional orthodontics. Dr. K. Michael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Welzel, and Dr. Joel Danziger, our dentists here at Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates in Baltimore, MD, offers a viable alternative for standard orthodontics—Invisalign.
With Invisalign treatment, you can get a perfectly straight smile without the need for metals and other uncomfortable materials. But how does Invisalign achieve this?
What is Invisalign?
Basically, Invisalign is an orthodontic system that makes use of virtually transparent aligners for straightening teeth. These aligners are fabricated from a proprietary and comfortable thermoplastic material that looks similar to teeth whitening trays. Since they’re practically invisible, they’ll stay hidden when you open your mouth.
Teenagers and adults could benefit from Invisalign treatment. Children, however, are not good candidates because their jaws are still developing, and all their teeth haven’t come in yet. While this orthodontic treatment is not suitable for everyone, it does work for most people, so ask your dentist about your eligibility for Invisalign.
With that said, for ideal candidates, Invisalign is an excellent way to achieve straighter a perfectly aligned smile with minimal hassle and changes to your appearance.
How Does Orthodontic Treatment Work with Invisalign?
Prior to beginning the treatment process, you’ll consult with your dentist to determine whether Invisalign will work with you. You’ll also be shown the expected results as a virtual representation, so you’ll see the final results even before starting treatment. Essentially, the straightening process is similar to how traditional orthodontics straightens the teeth.
You will be provided with several different Invisalign trays that you’ll be directed to switch out every two weeks or so as treatment progresses. Each aligner will apply subtle adjustments to straighten your teeth gradually. You’ll likewise be instructed to wear each tray for 20 or 22 hours daily.
It’s also crucial to take note that each person responds to treatment differently. This means that treatment times will vary, but are often significantly shorter than treatment times with traditional orthodontics. However, following all the instructions that your dentist recommended will help make certain that you will be able to complete your Invisalign treatment at the proposed treatment time.
Call Us For More Information, Advice, or Questions About Invisalign
Get in touch with your dentist in Baltimore, MD at Dr. K. Michael Murphy & Associates by dialing (410) 235-1233.